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Mango Chai Lemonade

Serves 6

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    Need a midday break? This delicious spiced lemonade is the perfect pick-me-up for a quick afternoon reset. The beautiful warm spices we typically associate with the colder months don’t need to be forgotten in the summer. They pair beautifully with tropical fruits such as mango or papaya and can be enjoyed year-round. A fruity herbal tea also would work perfectly for a simple caffeine-free version.

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    Mango Chai Lemonade

      Ingredients

      • 3 chai tea bags
      • 4 cups (1 L) boiling water
      • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey
      • 1 cup (250 mL) peeled and sliced fresh mango or frozen mango
      • 1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
      • 4 cups (1 L) sparkling water to top up, to taste
      • Lemon slices, for garnish (optional)

      Nutrition

      Per serving:

      • calories43
      • protein0 g
      • total fat 0 g
        • sat. fat 0 g
      • total carbohydrates 10 g
        • sugars10 g
        • fibre1 g
      • sodium5 mg

      Directions

      01

      Bring 4 cups (1 L) water to boil, add chai tea bags, and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Add honey to hot tea and stir until combined. Let cool.

      02

      In blender, place mango, lemon juice, and cooled tea, and blend until mango pieces have liquified.

      03

      Divide among 6 ice-filled glasses and top with sparkling water (mango-flavoured sparkling water would work perfectly).

      04

      Garnish each glass with a lemon slice.

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