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Recipes of Drinks

Lemon Ginger Mint
Green Iced Tea

One time I brought this homemade iced tea to the beach, my friend said I should bottle and sell it. I said she must be kidding. When I make iced tea, I don’t usually use a specific recipe. I just make it here and there with whatever ingredients I have on hand. Sometimes I use a combo of lemon and lime slices. Sometimes if I don’t have mint, I just omit it altogether. I just love making and drinking homemade iced tea!

This Memorable Drink is great if you don’t like the traditional black iced tea. I find it lighter and more refreshing. My favourite thing to do is pack it into a giant drink thermos filled with ice and bring it to the beach or picnic. Of course you can enjoy this yummy drink at your own backyard barbeque or just on a hot summer’s day!
Lemon Ginger Mint Green Iced Tea

Lemon Ginger Mint Green Iced Tea

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

1 litre


  • 4 cups Boiled Water
  • 4 Green Tea Bags (or loose leaf equivalent)
  • 4 thick slices of Ginger
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Honey
  • 4 cups Ice


  1. Steep the tea and ginger in boiled water for 5 minutes in a heatproof measuring cup.
  2. If using loose leaf tea, put tea in tea ball or strain loose tea leaves after it’s been steeped.
  3. Pour steeped tea, including the ginger into a large jug.
  4. Stir honey into the steeped tea and mix. (Start off with 1/4 cup first and add more as needed.)
  5. Scrunch up the mint leaves in your hands to release the flavour and put them into the jug along with the lemon slices.
  6. Stir the mixture and bruise the lemon slices up with a wooden spoon in the jug to release more flavour.
  7. Refrigerate until cold.
  8. Once it’s cold add the ice cubes before serving.


Note #1: Adjust the ingredients to your taste. If you like your tea stronger, steep it longer. If you like it sweeter, use more honey, etc.

Note #2: If you don’t have time to cool the tea in the fridge, use 2 cups of boiled water to steep the tea and 6 cups of ice cubes instead.

Papaya Milkshake

Papaya Milkshake

Oh how I miss buying papaya milkshakes from Hong Kong vendors and drinking it as I stroll down the streets… In Hong Kong there are lots of food stalls everywhere. One of the things I miss most are the fruit juice stands. They are not really stands but actual small shops that are exposed to the outside. Since Hong Kong is a subtropical city, the vendors are able to sell things this way all year around.

This Memorable Drink triggered memories of my dad always buying us carrot juice from these shops. As a kid, I grew up really liking carrot juice and look forward to getting it every time we go. However, I reminisce about the sweet taste of the papaya milkshake more. I still remember the sound of the supersonic blender as the vendor prepared our made-to-order milkshakes. It’s not the fancy juice bars that you might be familiar with nowadays. Picture a guy, usually wearing a wife-beater shirt (sorry to be politically incorrect) and making our drinks super fast and fresh.

That’s one of the things I miss about living in Hong Kong, when you get thirsty while walking around, boom, there are fresh juice stands (shops) everywhere. As I recreate this Memorable Drink from home, I recollect walking around in the super humid weather of Hong Kong. Even the hot weather could be unbearable at times, the thought of getting a papaya shake sweetens the day.Papaya Milkshake

Papaya Milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups Papaya, chopped
  • 1 cup Milk (Whole or 2%)
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 2-4 Ice Cubes


  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender.
  2. Imagine yourself in subtropical weather (only pertains to those who live in subarctic climate).
  3. Drink and enjoy!

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