One of my favorite spots in Chicago, Beatrix, serves up a colorful array of juices on their brunch menu. If you haven’t been yet, you really need to check it out! Fortunatly for them, I am a real sucker for anything freshly squeezed or speckled with chia seeds. Their cherry chia cooler has long been the object of my affection.
If I could, I would go every weekend, but for the sake of my wallet, I recreated a similar drink at home. Behold my Strawberry Mint Green Tea Chia Elixir. The name is a mouthful, but it is incredibly simple to make and all you need is a blender and a strainer.
The strawberries lend a slight sweetness while the mint green tea adds an energizing freshness. If you’re not a chia seed person, leave them out. This would also be lovely with some lemon slices floating on top. For a morning drink that is both refreshing and pretty to look at, this is going to become your go to.
-1 c. Strawberries
-2 c. Steeped mint green tea
-1/2 c. water
-tbs. chia seeds
Steep 2 cups of mint green tea. I used loose tea from tea forte. I let the tea steep for a long time so that it was extra strong. Then I put it in the refrigerator to chill overnight, but 30 minutes to an hour is plenty of time if you want to make it the same day.
When the tea is nice and chilly blend it with the strawberries. You’re going to want to run the blender for a while to make sure all of the strawberry chunks are completely liquified.
Strain the green tea mixture twice to remove all the pulp and seeds. You definitely don’t want to skip the second strain, it really makes a difference.
Add the water and chia seeds and let sit for 15-30 minutes until the seeds have become plump and congealed.
Drink up, it’s almost the weekend!