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Celebrate Iced Tea Day - Great Recipes and Healthy Too!

Updated on June 29, 2017

Fun to Celebrate, Delicious and Healthy to Drink !

Thank Mother Nature for the invention of iced tea.

Before 1904, tea was only served hot. Had it not been for the sweltering heat of the World Fair that year, Richard Blechynden may have never decided to sell his tea over ice instead of hot. It was an immediate sensation.....and the rest is is his-tea-ry !

Tea has always been a staple in my household, going back to my childhood. Tea was cheap, and delicious and could be dressed up in so many ways that we never got tired of it. Just looking at a glass of iced tea brings back fond memories of childhood picnics and parties and just chilling on the patio with my mom and sisters.

It deserves to have it's own day and now it does ! June 10th is National Iced Tea Day !

In addition to being delicious, tea is actually very good for you. We in the West are just now catching on to the fact that tea has many health benefits, a fact that has been known and taken advantage of in the East for thousands of years. Easterners have long thought tea to lead to good heath, knowledge and inner tranquility.

In the West, studies have been conducted showing much of the Eastern beliefs to have basis in fact. They have found that teas may help fight or prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Tea can help with dieting, cholesterol and mental alertness. There are many benefits to drinking tea, iced or hot, as we Westerners have finally come to understand.

I had a great time collecting these recipes from my own experiences and those of my family and friends, it gave me a great excuse to go visiting and to try some new teas. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

~photo courtesy of Flikr.com

~all recipes in this lens are my own, or from my mom, Regena, or my friend Sherry. Please do not copy or use without permission~

Health Benefits of Drinking Tea - Everyday

  1. Tea is full of antioxidants, called flavonoids, which help cells to repair themselves, which slows the aging process. Some studies have found antioxidants help prevent cancer.

  2. Drinking black tea reduces the level of a stress hormone called cortisol.

  3. If you drink tea with no caffeine, it is just like drinking water and will count towards the 8 glasses a day you are supposed to drink to stay hydrated.

  4. Tea helps digestion after eating. Throughout history tea has been used to help tummy aches and cramps.

  5. Tea raises immune system activity which helps to keep you healthy and fight off infections.

Health Benefits of Tea - With Dr. Tea

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 white tea bags
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of cherry Kool-aid
  • 2 cups of sparkling water
  • 2 cups of sliced fresh fruit
  • cherries
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • oranges slices with rind
  • peaches

Instructions

  1. Boil water and drop in tea bags and brown sugar, stir until dissolved.
  2. Remove from the stove let sit with the tea bags in for 15 minutes
  3. Remove tea bags and refrigerate until cold
  4. Pour in a large picture or punch bowl and add Kool-aid, fruit and sparkling water
  5. Stir gently and serve immediately
  6. For an adult beverage, substitute two cups of sweet red wine for the Kool-aid,
  7. ~photo courtesy of Flickr.com
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Flavored Ice Cubes - Awesome in Iced Tea

If you want to give your tea new zip, try flavored ice cubes ! Since most people don't have ice trays any more, you will probably need to go buy a couple. They have many different kinds of trays with all kinds of shapes of cubes. Pick up some fun ones, why not be original?

The easiest flavored ice cubes to make are lemon. Just fill the tray up with lemon juice and freeze. You can make fruit flavored ice cubes with Kool-aid. Simply make it with half the usual water, so it is more concentrated, pour it into the trays and freeze. Be creative!. Orange or cherry tea is delicious, but so is strawberry banana or mango pineapple. Try some combinations of your favorites!

One of my favorite ways to make ice cubes for tea is to used crushed or pureed fruit. If you like pieces of fruit in your drink, then just cut up your fruit really fine and put it in the trays to freeze. If you prefer a smoother drink, then puree the fruit in a blender until smooth and then pour in the trays and freeze. If your fruit is unsweetened, you may want to toss in a bit of sugar or sweetener before freezing. If pureed fruit is still too thick for you, then make your cubes with fruit juice.

Another way you can spice up your ice cubes is to put fresh mint or peppermint leaves into the trays before freezing. Leave the leaves whole, so you don't accidentally eat them.

Crisp Jasmine Iced Tea - Refreshing !

  • 6 jasmine tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cup of plain or flavored club soda
  • 1 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Heat water and sugar till fully dissolved and add tea bags
  2. Remove from stove and let cool with tea bags in, for 15 minutes
  3. Remove tea bags and refrigerate until thoroughly cold
  4. Add club soda and lemon slices and serve immediately

Apple Tea - Kids Love This !

  • 6 to 8 green tea bags
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 peeled and cored apples diced medium
  • Dash of cinnamon for each glass

Instructions

  1. Boil water, slowly adding the brown sugar till it is dissolved and then drop in tea bags.
  2. Remove from the heat and leave the lid on, let stand for 12 to 15 minutes
  3. Refrigerate until chilled through
  4. In a large pitcher mix the tea and apple juice.
  5. Add diced apples and stir gently
  6. Serve over ice with a pinch of cinnamon or cinnamon stick in each glass.

My Favorite Fruit Tea Variety Pack

Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea Fruit Sampler - 18 Tea Bags
Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea Fruit Sampler - 18 Tea Bags

This tea variety pack includes five of mu favorite teas:

Raspberry Zinger

Country Peach Passion

Wild Berry Zinger

True Blueberry

Black Cherry Berry

All of these are full of fruit flavor and are delicious hot or iced! The best things about it, other than the taste is that it contains all-natural herbs and flavors, and no artificial colors or preservatives.

 

Peach Pie Tea - Unusually Delicious !

This was a special treat that my grandmother used to make me as a child when the peaches on her trees became ripe. I preferred ginger ale, but she also sometimes made it with Seven-Up or club soda, whatever she had on hand. It's more than just a glass of iced tea.

Ingredients

  • 10 regular tea bags
  • 2.5 cups of pureed fresh peaches
  • 1 cup of ginger ale (regular or diet)
  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil and toss in tea bags and honey, simmer for 10 minutes, stirring gently
  2. Place three cups of diced, peeled peaches in a blender and puree until totally smooth and refrigerate
  3. Remove tea bags and strain liquid
  4. Cool liquid for a minimum of two hours.
  5. Right before serving, add the pureed peaches and ginger ale to the tea and stir well.
  6. Serve over ice with a peach slice on the glass rim.

The most expensive teabag ever made was filled with

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and made for the

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Cost: 7500 pounds

It was auctioned off for charity

Earl Grey Tea with Lemon Mint - Unsweetened

This recipe is a family favorite in my house. There is something about the mint that just makes it perfect on a hot summer day. For adults, add a splash of lemon vodka for the perfect compliment.

Ingredients

  • 12 tea bags - Earl Grey
  • 1/2 cup of whole mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup of pure lemon juice
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 cups of ice cubes
  • lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Heat the water to a soft boil
  2. Dump in the tea bags and mint leaves and simmer (do not boil) for 10 minutes
  3. Strain the water and toss the tea bags and mint leaves
  4. Put the tea in a pitcher, add the ice and lemon juice and a few fresh mint leaves and stir gently.
  5. Chill for one hour and serve with lemon slices in each glass.
  6. Sweeten if desired.

Three Teas That Boost Your Metabolism

  1. Cinnamon Tea

    Boil 4 cinnamon sicks and 12 oolong tea bags in three cups of water for five minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cinnamon sticks and pour the tea in a gallon container. Fill the rest of the container with ice cubes and water, and refrigerate for 2 hours to chill. Serve over ice with a cinnamon stick in each glass.

  2. Pear-Infused White Tea

    Peel and dice two pears and boil with 12 white tea bags in 3 cups water for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and leave the pears. Poor the tea with pear pieces into a gallon jug and fill the rest of with cold water and ice cubes. Refrigerate for two hours and serve iced.

  3. Grapefruit-Mate Tea

    Peel a grapefruit and skin the sections. DIce and boil with 12 mate tea bags in 3 cups water for two minutes. Take off stove and let steep for a few minutes. Remove the tea bags and leave the grapefruit. Poor the tea with grapefruit into a gallon jug and fill the rest of with water and ice cubes. Refrigerate for two hours to chill. Serve over ice with a grapefruit slice on the rim of the glass.

Home Remedies that Use Tea

  1. Soak tea bags in cool water and blot dry. After lying down, place the moist tea bags over your eyes and leave for 15 minutes to reduce puffiness.

  2. Press a wet tea bag on a planters wart for about 10 minutes three times a day to help shrink it.

  3. Tea helps with sun burns. Rub wet tea bags over the injured skin or toss a few bags into your bath and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.">

  4. Warm tea makes an excellent hair conditioner and will make your hair smell delicious.

  5. Soak your feet in freshly brewed tea, cooled to room temperature, it will get rid of foot odor by killing the bacteria.

  6. Hold a mouthful of herbal peppermint tea to help a toothache. If you have had a tooth pulled, press a moistened tea bad to the hole to help stop the bleeding.

  7. Hot tea with honey will help a scratchy throat.

  8. Apply wet tea bags to a cold sore and it will heal faster.

Spiced Tea - Served Hot or Cold !

  • 6 to 8 tea bags of your choice
  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 teapoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup of brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat water and orange juice till it is just boiling
  2. Add spices and sugar and stir till sugar dissolves
  3. Simmer on your lowest heat setting for 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add tea bags and let stand, covered for 10 minutes with no heat
  5. Strain our bags and serve hot, or chilled with a cinnamon stick

Drink Tea All Day - Help Control your Appetite

Dr. Oz recommends different teas to drink at different times of the day to help manage your appetite. If you want more detailed information on tea and why drinking it is beneficial to you, check out this article 13 Reasons Why Tea Is Good For You.

  • Drink Pu-erh tea with breakfast.

  • With lunch, drink two cups of White Tea.

  • For dinner, one cup of Chickweed Tea.

  • To put a stop to night time cravings, have a cup of Bilberry Tea.

Mint Tea - An Unusual Recipe

  • 10 tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 12 to 15 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or orange puree
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup of honey

Instructions

  1. Soft boil the tea bags and mint for 5 minutes and then let stand for 10 minutes
  2. Strain the tea and add honey, stirring until dissolved and refigerate for one hour
  3. In a large pitcher, mix the orange and lemon juice and slowly add the tea while stirring
  4. Serve over ice with sprigs of mint and orange slices.
  5. ~photo courtesy of Flickr.com

Celebrating Iced Tea Day

How to Make Sun Tea

So Simple !

We didn't have air conditioning in our house when I was growing up, so my mom used the stove sparingly in the summer. This is why we always made sun tea when it was hot and sunny outside. It is so simple to make, anyone can do it !

Take a gallon clear glass jug with a screw on lid and wash it with soap and very hot water.

Fill to two inches from the top with room temperature water.

Toss in 4 to 6 tea bags. (depending on how strong you like your tea)

Screw on the lid and set in full sun for at least 6 hours. If you like it stronger, leave it in the sun an additional hour.

Take the jug in the house and put in the refrigerator. Chill for one to two hours and serve on ice.

Some Don'ts When Making Sun Tea

If the tea is milky or cloudy, it is bacteria contaminated - throw it away.

Do not put sugar, honey or lemons in the jug before putting it out in the sun.

Do not leave it outside after taking off the lid, keep it refrigerated.

Make sure to thoroughly wash the jug both before and after use to prevent the growth of bacteria.

~photo courtesy of Flickr.com

The Perfect Jar to Make Tea !

Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 169 Oz.
Bormioli Rocco Fido Clear Jar, 169 Oz.

I love this jar! I use it to make tea or kool-aid. I have even been known to mix up some adult beverages and use it to dispense them. It's pretty and just the right size! I highly recommend it!

 

Pineapple Sun-Tea - Delicious on a Hot Day

  • 6 to 8 black tea bags
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 3 cups of sweetened pineapple juice
  • pineapple chunks
  • cherries

Instructions

  1. Make sun tea in the usual manner and refrigerate for two hours
  2. In a large pitcher, mix the tea, lemon and pineapple juice and toss in pineapple chunks and cherries
  3. Serve over ice, with a few chunks and a cherry in each glass
  4. For an adult beverage, substitute the pineapple juice with pineapple flavored snapps.
  5. ~photo courtesy of Flickr.com

Keurig Brewing System

Keurig K-Cup In Room Brewing System, 11.1 x 10-Inches
Keurig K-Cup In Room Brewing System, 11.1 x 10-Inches

This awesome machine brews one 8 ounce cup of tea or coffee in under three minutes. Single use reservoir means your cup will never overflow and make a mess. Easy to clean and maintain, if you love tea, you need this machine!

 

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Honeyed Green Tea - Great Cold or Hot !

This is my niece's favorite summer time drink, personally I prefer it hot, but either way you like it, it's delicious ! For adults, a splash of sweet bourbon is the perfect compliment.

Ingredients

  • 12 green tea bags
  • 1/3 cup of sweet honey
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups of ice cubes
  • 3 tablespoons of pure lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil, lower heat and add tea bags and honey, stirring until honey is dissolved
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes, remove tea bags
  3. Pour into a pitcher
  4. Add lemon juice and ice cubes
  5. Chill for two hours before serving.
  6. ~photo courtesy of Flickr.com

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    Lorelei Cohen 17 months ago from Canada

    My husband and I got together about 9 years ago and it was so funny when I asked him why he was buying iced tea when it was so easy to make. He looked at me in shock and said, "You can do that?" Now he always gets home made tea in the summer months. It really is easy and the best part is knowing what goes into it.

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    lulin123 4 years ago

    I prefer tea hot but maybe that is because it's so cold in the UK!

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    goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

    I usually drink hot tea, but during the summer I love iced tea!

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    aishu19 4 years ago

    There are so many fun iced tea out there!

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @XpectMore: You're Welcome, I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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    XpectMore 4 years ago

    I did not even know there was an "Ice Tea Day". I truly enjoyed your lens. I just love tea and I can not wait to try the delicious sounding recipes you provided. Thank you.

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    treasuresabound 4 years ago

    This lens is very rich with information. Thank you so much

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @linhah lm: Thanks !!!! YAY !

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    Linda Hahn 4 years ago from California

    Always. I am your #20 Squidlike on this lens.

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    RichLeighHD 4 years ago

    If I'd known about it then I'd have seen it in with a nice peach iced tea!

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    Gail47 4 years ago

    No, didn't know when it was. But, love the receipes on this lense. While I love drinking ice tea, I sure did flunk the quiz!

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    Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Thanks for all the recipes and information. I learned quite a few things from this page, esp. the quiz. I'm more of a coffee person, but am now tea-inspired.

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