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Iced Tea Drink Recipes
Making iced tea at home is a great way to save money while getting to experiment with some brand new recipes. It is not expensive or time consuming to make tea at home. The best part is that when you're creating your own drinks from scratch, you can decide exactly what goes into them. Customize the flavors to suit your personal needs and preferences.
I have a short tips section for making iced tea, followed by a plethora of different types of iced tea recipes. I have the recipes divided into the following sections:
- Classic. Green, lemon, Chai, sweet tea.
- Winning combinations. Mint lemon/lime, ginger/lemongrass, ginger/honey, ginger/orange, lemon basil/ginger, chamomile/lavender/mint, Chai with apple, with coconut cream.
- Fruit. Blueberry, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry, peach, tangerine, pomegranate.
- International. Thai, Malaysian calamansi, Korean matcha, Nuoc Mat.
- Alcoholic. Mint mojito, Bourbon lemonade, John Daly, mango sangria, gin with fruit tea, Long Island.
Tips for Making Great Iced Tea
- Purchase high quality tea bags and/or loose tea leaves. I know that many people only use loose leaves and would frown on the tea bag suggestion. Tea bags are still a much higher quality option than powdered tea. There is nothing wrong with the major brands like Lipton, but if you're making tea at home, take it up a notch and try something new.
- Use filtered water and fresh ice cubes. If the water that comes out of your tap doesn't taste great, think about using a Brita filter system instead. Make sure that you wash out your ice cube trays before re-filling them on a regular basis to ensure fresh cubes with a good taste.
- Consider purchasing an iced tea pitcher and double wall or insulated glasses. If you will be making large batches of iced tea that you drink every day or almost every day, it's worth investing in a few iced tea supplies.
- Pay attention to the brewing instructions and recipe directions. Different kinds of tea have different brewing times and may require different quantities (i.e. number of bags) for iced tea. Make sure to read the directions on the bag or box as well as the steps for the given recipe before you begin making your tea.
Bigelow Iced Tea Tips
Add fruit to your iced tea with ease.
How to Make Starbucks Iced Green Tea
Many of the most popular hot tea flavors also make wonderful iced teas.
- Green tea. You can't go wrong with this classic.
- Lemon tea. Don't give into temptation and use tea powder like the recipe suggests! Take the time to brew your own. It will be well worth it.
- Chai tea. When I went through my huge Chai tea phase (see the tea bag photo above), I made a lot of Tazo Chai iced tea. It is just as good cold as it is hot. I love the idea of adding cinnamon to it.
- Sweet tea. You don't have to live in the South to enjoy this classic.
Great Tea Advice, Tips, and Facts
Are you interested in branching out from one of the classic flavors but aren't sure where to start? Consider one of these popular combination drinks.
- Mint and lemon or mint and lime. You'll need 10-12 fresh mint leaves to make these teas.
- Ginger and lemongrass. You can also pair ginger with lemonade.
- Ginger and honey. The blog author added mint leaves and cucumber slices to her glass, too.
- Ginger and orange. Are you getting an idea how many great pairings there are for ginger? This sun tea recipe includes a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, too.
- Lemon basil and ginger. This is another perfect option for summer when you can pick fresh basil.
- Fruit and basil. The recipe here calls for nectarine, but you can mix this up however you like.
- Chamomile, lavender, and mint. Change up your tea routine and give lavender a try.
- Chai with apple. The cinnamon and apples will give you a little hint of fall.
- With coconut cream. This blog author suggests adding a mix of heavy cream and coconut cream to iced coffee or tea. You can also use it for a Chai tea latte.
Incorporate the wonderful fruit flavors of summer into your iced tea drinks.
- Iced Tea Lemonade or Limeade. When you're ready to change it up from lemon tea, go for lime. Check out Iced Green Tea Limeade.
- Blueberry Green Tea. Blueberry syrup will work perfectly for this recipe. You can also add mint to your blueberry.
- Orange Cinnamon. Anja shares a great story with this drink.
- Green tea with mandarin oranges, peaches, and strawberries. This blog author adds an extra fruit punch with fruit ice cubes.
- Tangerine Raspberry. This tea is so pretty.
- Passion Fruit. It's a little time consuming to make the passion fruit syrup but well worth it.
- Peach. Keep it simple with a single fruit.
- Peach Sparkler. For those of you who like a little fizz in your drinks but are looking for an alternative to soda, this is a perfect compromise.
- Texas Tea (orange and lemon). The author created her own non-alcoholic Texas Tea recipe when she couldn't find one that she liked.
- Pomegranate. This is another tea with a beautiful color.
Thai Iced Tea Recipe (Cha Yen)
Are you interested in re-creating an iced tea you had at a restaurant, intrigued to sample some international cuisine, or simply looking for something new? Check out these recipes.
- Thai Iced Tea. This has become such a classic that I almost could have put it in that section instead. You can also make it from scratch.
- Iced Calamansi Tea. A popular drink in Malaysia, this local version of a citrus iced tea is made with Calamansi limes, which are readily available there. The author recommends using BOH tea.
- Iced matcha green tea latte. While this may not be authentic, it is definitely Korean inspired. Whether or not you want to make this right away, click over to the recipe because this drink is beautiful.
- Nuoc Mat - Artichoke and Pandan Iced Tea. This a common Vietnamese iced tea.
Great Chicago Tea Shops
I expected all of my alcoholic search results for this topic to be Long Island iced tea, but I found some other great options. I am not recommending that you make one of these recipes your regular morning kick of caffeine or your nightly wind down drink. However, they are great recipes for barbeques, the Fourth of July, and other special events throughout the summer.
- Iced Green Tea Mojito. Is there any better way to celebrate summer than by combining green tea with a mojito?
- Bourbon Lemonade. Making the lemonade AND iced tea from scratch will be so rewarding.
- John Daly. A similar twist to the bourbon lemonade with lemon flavored vodka.
- Mango Sangria. Give your sangria a unique twist by adding tea to it.
- Gin with fruit tea. Combine your favorite fruit tea with gin, lemon, and mint.
- Long Island Iced Tea. Obviously this isn't much of a tea recipe, but I know that there are people who got here searching for it.
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