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Iced Tea Recipes
Cool Refreshing Tea Combinations For Hot Summer Days
One of my favorite iced beverages is iced tea. I love to mix different flavors and varieties to create refreshing summer drinks. This page is a work in progress as I remember and add more recipes over time.
I hope you enjoy the recipes our family has grown to love as much as we do. Each recipe will include the ingredients you need and a few tips to improve the taste. Most are unsweet versions but you can add any kind of sweetener you prefer to any one of them. I would recommend natural sweeteners if I used them. I have grown to love un-sweet teas and rarely ever add sweetener. But when I did I would add natural sweeteners such as honey or unsweetened fruit juices.
Today there are many sweetener alternatives. If you do not have a sensitivity to real sugar (cane or other plant based sugars) it should be fine to use a sweetener that is as unprocessed as possible and preferably organic fair trade options. Do a little research and you will find natural sweeteners are more available than ever before. Even a condensed unsweetened fruit juice (such as frozen apple juice for example) can be a great alternative to other sweetener options.
Image Credit: Original by Deb GypsyOwl Bryan "I took this photo of the Raspberry Lemon Green Tea with my phone today and then had the idea to share some tea recipes."
Raspberry Lemon Green Iced Tea
Brewed - Makes 2 Quarts - Very Easy Recipe
This is one of the favorites all summer long. I love to make this just when the coffee is to the bottom of the pot in the morning. When it is too hot to make and drink more coffee but I still want a pick-me-up with a refreshing result. It might seem silly but this mixture actually 'cools' me from the inside out when I drink it.
I get a 'chill' inside which is really nice on hot summer mid-morning walks. I try to walk early or late, but, days like today (a Saturday after a long Friday) I don't get up and going as early as usual.
This recipe is remarkably for cooling off and lifting my energy level. I would love to use this instead of coffee someday (even hot) but I'm still a coffee drinker... that may never change.
In the meantime... here is how I make refreshing Raspberry Lemon Green Iced Tea
What You Need:
- Filtered water (to make ice and about 2 quarts cool water for the pitcher), tea bags (see recipe), a kettle, a 2 quart pitcher, sweeter (optional). Makes 2 quarts (before ice is added).
- Filter Water. I use a Brita Water Filter Pitcher
- Make Ice using the filtered water
- Heat 2 cups Filtered Water in a kettle on the stove top until just boiling.
- Brew Tea
I used the following flavors and quantities:
2 Lemon Lift Tea Bags
2 Green Tea Bags
3 Raspberry Tea Bags
2 Cups Hot Water
- Steep for 4 minutes
- Remove tea bags (do not squeeze the bags)
- let cool for 5 minutes.
- Mix Brewed Tea With Cold Water
Note: Add Cold Filtered Water to a 2 quart pitcher filling about half way. Then add the cooled brewed tea. Next add water to fill the 2 quart pitcher.
- Sweeten to taste (optional).
- Serve on Ice
Sweet Spice Suntea
Outdoor Sunshine - Makes One Gallon - Very Easy Recipe
Sunshine makes the best tea brewer! There is a natural unique flavor in suntea that I haven't been able to replicate any other way. Some favorite recipes for this way of making tea are pretty basic.
Very Simple To Adapt You can adapt this recipe to any flavor. You simple substitute (remove) one of the regular tea bags from your recipe and add one of your favorite flavorful teas. Some of the options we have tried are peach, berry, licorice, lemon, peppermint, and the following recipe made with Constant Comment (an orange peel zest sweet spice tea blend).
You will need:
- A one gallon jar (or other clear container preferably glass) with a good lid, one gallon filtered water, filtered ice cubes, tea bags, sunshine, and a bit of patience.
- Put water into the jar.
- Put in 3 green tea bags (or black tea which ever is your favorite)
- Put in 1 Constant Comment tea bag (or your favorite flavorful tea)
Put the covered jar in full sun for 3-5 hours (until it is a bit darker than you usually like).
- Remove the tea bags.
- Serve over ice.
Lemon tea can add a great flavor to just about any other flavor of tea. Lemon has a natural cooling effect when added to tea, water, or other beverages. Lemon tea can be used to create a refreshing rice dish. Substitute the lemon tea for the water you would normally put into the rice.
Add a lemon tea bag to just about any flavor of tea to create a nice refreshing twist on your regular flavors.
I would like to share my opinion here if I may. I'm concerned a bit. This is a great tea, but, it isn't a magic bullet and should not be depended on for a whole nutritional meal plan.
Green tea has been associated with so many benefits it is getting hard to keep up with them all. Do a search and you will find out it is a detox tea which improves your metabolism, which then promotes your bodies natural ability to balance itself. Many people have reported this process has been associated with weight loss. Beware of 'diets' using liquid only options unless you are under a doctor's care.
The benefits are natural. This means it is a part of an overall meal plan (not a diet) and can balance our lives.
This is a great flavored tea to add to any recipe where you would like to add a touch of berry flavoring as well as the raised detoxification benefits.
Green tea is a natural detox tea, but, add a berry and you boost that benefit and add a delightful flavor to the iced tea recipe.
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I wish you a refreshing day and much health and happiness!