So, who else lost power from the massive, unexpected storm that popped up on Friday night? We lost electricity from Friday night until sometime late Sunday afternoon. Not half as long as a lot of our friends and other people scattered across Maryland and Virginia. But it was 104 degrees on Saturday.
You know, I know that people used to live without electricity. They didn’t have iPhones or air conditioning or refrigerators filled with awesome food (fresh mozzarella!). It’s just really hard when you are so used to having those little luxuries. And let’s all be honest when we say no air conditioning in scorching temperatures really bites.
We lost pretty much everything in both of our fridges and freezers… I tried to recoup some of that loss at the grocery store today. But it just pains me to buy another bottle of Hoisin sauce when I JUST bought one last week.
Either way, I did manage to make on delicious thing during our fun little…experience. And it really paid off. Starbucks has a really tasty passion fruit lemonade iced tea. I recreated it in my very own kitchen and tossed in the few ice cubes I had left before they melted. It was refreshing, light, sweet and tarty all at the same time. Even if you don’t lose all of your power and abilities to cook or bake or even heat up water, try out this drink.
- 6 cups Tazo brand passion fruit tea bags
- 1¾ cups sugar
- Juice of 5 lemons (about ½ cup)
- 6 cups cold water
- Brew your Tazo passion fruit tea. Add in ¾ cup sugar, stir until dissolved and put in the fridge to cool.
- Make a simple syrup using the remaining 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Add both to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, dissolving all of the sugar.
- Allow the simple syrup to cool slightly. Add to the lemon juice and stir well.
- In a 1 gallon pitcher, combine lemon juice, simple syrup and 6 cups of cold water. Stir well.
- Add the passion fruit tea to the lemonade. Stir well to combine.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Serve over ice.