How To Make Great Iced Tea!

My Secret, Hush, Hush Iced Tea Recipes!

I’ve been told at many of my 'get-togethers' that my recipe for iced tea was even better then the commercial Nestea type. As a matter of fact, as my daughters wedding was in the middle of the summer we served both versions (regular and mint iced tea) with and without alcohol.

Should I or should I not that is the question… give away my deep and most secret recipe to share with the world?

Hmmmm! With the summer just starting it could be enjoyed by so many. Oh well! I like to share so here it is:


My recipe for Iced Tea Syrup:


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 8 teabags the 2cup size (my favorite kind of tea to use is Tetleys orange pekoe or English breakfast tea, but my friend likes using Earl Grey... so use what ever you prefer)

Low-cal version: Replace sugar with equal amount of Splenda. My friend who is a diabetic makes the syrup with Stevia extract. She uses 2ozs per recipe. (the recipes made with both either Splenda and Stevia are runnier not quite as thick and “syrupy”) The recipe can also be made up with a combination of sugar and sweeteners.

Methodology for making Ice Tea Syrup:

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan (use a large size as the syrup when boiling can bubble up quite easily)
  • Gently stir (you don’t want the teabags to blow-up) until sugar has melted
  • Bring to a rolling boil
  • Turn down heat and let simmer for 3-4 minutes
  • Remove from heat and let steep for 5minutes (If you drink your tea strong let steep longer my version is for light to medium strong)
  • Discard teabags after gently (that’s the keyword) squishing out extra syrup between two spoons
  • Pour into clean heated mason jar (syrup will last for months and months better said could last that long but I usually have to make it weekly.


To Make-up Iced tea:

I use 2 osz of syrup in a pitcher of water (naturally depending on taste you can add more or less, you need to play with your first pitcher till you get the right taste for you)

Add the juice of one lemon or 2 ozs of bottled juice and half a lemon sliced and quartered. Serve in tall glass with crushed ice and with a wedge of lemon on side of glass. Lemon juice and lemon slices can also be replaced with lime.

For the adult version of iced tea add a shot of Cointreau, Vodka or Gin again served in a tall glass.

If you're planning on using Cointreau Orange liquor then add 1/2cup of orange juice and replace the lemon slices with orange slices in the pitcher serve on crushed ice and an orange slice in tall frosty glasses. (nothing more thirst quenching) In the Vodka version use a slice of lemon and a couple of maraschino cherries and crushed ice. The Gin Version taste nicest with lime.


My Recipe For Mint Tea Syrup!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 2 teabags the 2cup size (I only use Tetleys orange pekoe with the mint as I don't think the other types of tea tastes compliment the mint)
  • 1.5 cups of fresh crushed mint leaves (3/4 cup of dried mint leaves)

Low-cal version: Replace sugar with equal amount of Splenda. My friend who is a diabetic makes the syrup with Stevia extract. She uses 2ozs per recipe. (the recipes made with both either Splenda and Stevia are runnier not quite as thick and “syrupy”) The recipe can also be made up with a combination of half and half sugar and sweeteners.

Methodology:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan
  • Gently stir (you don’t want the teabags to blow-up) until sugar has melted
  • Bring to a rolling boil
  • Turn down heat and let steep for 15-20 minutes (the mint tea syrup needs to be strong)
  • Remove from heat
  • Pour the syrup through a strainer. (rem: syrup will thicken up when cold so it should be done immediately after steeping time is completed)
  • Pour into clean heated mason jar (syrup will last for months and months better said could last that long but in the summer I usually have to make a new batch weekly) I usually have both types of syrup in my fridge all summer for when company comes it only takes a minute to mix up a pitcher and its so easy to serve in tall glasses and it looks great too.

To make Mint Iced tea:

I use 2 osz of syrup in a pitcher of water (naturally depending on taste you can ad more or less you need to play with your first pitcher till you get the right taste for you)

add the juice of one lemon or 2 ozs of bottled juice. Serve on ice with a wedge of lemon. Lemon can also be replaced with lime.

Follow same to make up Iced Peppermint Tea omitting the lemon and serving it on ice with a spring or two of fresh mint.

For the adult version of Iced Mint Tea add a shot of Peppermint Schnapps or liquor and serve over crushed ice in a tall glass, don't forget to add a couple of mint leaves and a maraschino cherry or two. (Not just for southern belles, I can tell ya).

My For Lavender And RosePetal Iced Tea!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of fresh lavender blossoms or buds (fresh is best but however if using dried use two table spoons only)

1/4 cup of rose petals (fresh is best, if using dried use two table spoons)

3/4 cups of sugar or honey or to taste

1 tea bag (2cup size) orange pekoe

6 cups of boiling water

Maraschino cherries (optional)

Low-Cal version:

You can replace the sugar with any type of sweetener. I like the little flavor twist that the Stevia sweetener gives to this tea.

Methodology:

Combine all ingredients and let steep for 20-25 minutes remove teabag after 3-4 minutes. If you would like the lavender and rose flavors to be stronger leave to steep longer. Strain and let cool covered with lid or alu-foil. Serve over ice cubes in small to medium glasses. Poke 4-5 maraschino cherries using a lavender spear. This is perfect accompanied by Lavender and almond biscotti.

****This tea should only be made as needed and should be used up within a day or so as the delicate flower flavors evaporate.****

For adult version of Lavender and Rose petal Iced Tea add a small cap full of either vodka or cherry brandy. As the flavor of this tea is so delicate too much booze will over-trump it and the great tastes will get lost.


It is not quite 10:00 in the morning here now, but already sticky hot...., if you could tell me where it’s after 5:00 Pm somewhere else in the world, I wouldn’t mind going by their clock just until I finish one of these “minty delights” yum

Hope you try it… enjoy

(Watch for the lavender Biscotti recipe in a hub coming soon)

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

.Ninna. how nice of you to come for a visit. I will try the iced tea shake for sure as I like my cold drinks really cold.

regards Zsuzsy


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.Ninna. 7 years ago

Your hub made me thirsty! I'll have to try it sometime. We usually just drink Nestea. Oh, and I'll have to find me some mint as well! What we love to do here though is mix up the iced tea in a blender with a lot of ice, it comes out like a shake...really refreshing!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

awsydney...how awesome for you lemons fresh off a tree. Not something I can grow here in Canada...unfortunately

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

ok, our neighbour has a lemon tree and we always get so much lemons, now I know what I'm going to do with them. Thanks for a great recipe! Cheers


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

CGull, how nice that you came for a visit.

I used to be in the same boat with my mint. Way toooooo much, but for the past few years I have been drying it all and that way my family and I have enough for year round. Mint iced tea and the other types too are a staple from spring till late fall.

We then drink mint tea hot in the winter.

If you want another great use for mint use a few sprigs (fresh or dried) in a relaxing bath.

hope you're well kindest regards Zsuzsy


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

I love ice tea, I am going to test your Mint Ice Tea recipe. I have so much mint I don't know what to do now I have perfect excuse. Thanks a lot. Cheers :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Jenny, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

mmmm I love ice tea! I will try those recipe's for sure!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Compu-smart, the recipes are really simple to make and absolutely great, I promise. I'm just sipping a lavender tea out on the deck with the laptop on my knees. Life can't get any better then that.

I hope you're well and that life is treating you top-notch.

Always glad when you pop in for a visit

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

Hi Zsuzsy Bee:D

As a Londoner im a big tea drinker, and these recipes sounds like a nice spice of variety from my normal cuppa! and looks simple to cook even for me!!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Veracity83, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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veracity83 7 years ago from Northern Virginia

Sounds good especially for a Southern Girl like me!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MissJamieD, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I'm sipping a glass of mint iced tea right now. Soooo refreshing.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

I love this recipe! I haven't tried it yet but I'm going to! We always have a pitcher of iced tea at my house and it would be great to spice it up a bit, for mom and dad AND the kids too:) Great hub, thank you:)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Cailin I hope you like my iced tea 'syrop' recipe. At my house it's a staple all summer long as it is at both my daughters place and my sons.

Thanks for taking a look and for commenting

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Cailin Gallagher 7 years ago from New England

My brother and I have been searching for the perfect iced tea recipe for years. I'll have to make some of yours and taunt him for the secret recipe.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sweetie Pie, long time no talk. I hope you're well. I love company so thanks for coming by and commenting. Let me know what you think of the tea.

Hope you had a great fourth of July celebration today.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Michelle, always glad when you come for a visit. I'm here enjoying a glass of spiked mint tea as we speak. Yum

I bet your nephew will love the lemon Iced tea. Enjoy

Grizzly bear sized hugs to you too

Zsuzsy


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love ice tea, so I might try this sometime!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oh wow..so many versions of iced tea!  Do you know most of us in the house love ice tea esp the youngest in the house , my nephew!  I am definitely going to try these out!  Thank you, thank you for sharing your secret recipes! Bookmarked! Hugs... :-)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sally, always glad when you pop in for a visit. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

This is the first year that I planted different flavored mint (pineapple) I can hardly wait to see what types of iced tea it will make. Its only about a foot tall so I need to wait till the end of July, I think, to make it worth while to experiment with.

Let me know what you think when you get a chance to try the recipe with the Schnapps of course.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Gypsy Willow, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Hope you have a chance to try it soon. Let me know what you think.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Right now, it's 2:00 in the afternoon, and I'd like it to be 5 o'clock, too! From where I am, that would put me in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

These are awesome recipes, Zsuzsy. I have a nice patch of chocolate mint needing to be cut, and I can only imagine how good this is going to be (oh, and I have the Peppermint Schnapps nicely ready in the cupboard).

Thumbs up!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Lovely hub I have tons of mint and lavender so very useful thanks.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Nolimits Nana! Thanks for taking a look anf for commenting. I have a housefull of guests this week so I won't be able to get the biscotti hub finished till next week. It is a super recipe it is worth the wait believe me.

Happy Canada day to you and your family tomorrow.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


Nolimits Nana 7 years ago

That lavender and rose petal tea sounds great - I'll have to try it. Waiting for the biscotti recipe to go with it!

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