What we're drinking this summer

With the hot months approaching, we at Life of Riley Inc are looking forward to our summertime imbibing. After spending many years irrigating ourselves with many variations on the H2O* theme, the following are our favorites:

Chilled Green Tea: There's a trick to making green tea for cold consumption. Make your tea with cold water -- don't use boiling or even hot water to brew your leaves -- as hot water releases the bitter flavours. You may find the Chinese green teas less astringent than others. However, flavoured green tea blends will offer you a range of flavour choices(eg: peach, paw paw, mint, etc). Place your tea leaves -- leaves or tea bags -- in a jug. Pour in the cold water and refrigerate. Start drinking 4-6 hours later. No sugar need be added.

Apple Lassi: Stir briskly together one part plain yoghurt and one or two parts apple juice. Variations to your preference. Drink immediately.

Green Tea Sangria: I worked up this concoction after reviewing green tea and sangria literature. Mix together in a large jug one part green tea (it's OK to brew this up with hot water first), one part orange juice and two parts cheap red wine, such as Lambrusco. If you are using tea bags you can leave them in the jug with the other ingredients. Drink straightaway or refrigerate. Serve over ice.

I won't go into the health benefits of green tea except to note the sweet irony of its happy blending with alcohol. But we at LOR Inc are dedicated tea drinkers, especially of Madura everyday standard black. While we think these recipes are 5 star, cheap to make and appealing to most tastes, they also will serve you well in fund raising mode (if that is your political habit)because they seem so different and exotic. And besides, who else is offering such delicious fare?('tis remarkable how much the quest for social change marches forward on its stomach).

*H2O:Binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colourless odourless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent