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4 Healthy Iced Teas: Beat the Heat!

Iced tea has always been one of my favourite drinks. Maybe it was because that’s what we ordered all the time during harsh summer afternoons! Iced teas are very refreshing and give a whole lot of new energy during dull, boring and hot sunny days. As a kid, I loved all the different flavours of iced teas. I wanted to share these four brand new ways to enjoy iced tea without all the refined sugar and preservatives that come in pre-made, bottled chilled teas.

1. Lemon Basil Iced Tea:

This is a new flavour combination I absolutely love and it’s lemon basil. The combination of the sour lemon and sweet basil is very yummy and entices my taste buds. This is my favourite ice tea recipe right now and is perfect for summer.

9 Delicious and Exhilarating Iced Tea Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 3 cups hot water
  • raw honey (optional)

Method:

Add the lemon slices, fresh basil leaves, and green tea bags to a 1-quart mason jar or pitcher. Pour hot water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavours to release.

2. Coconut Lime Iced Tea

Have you ever tried making your own iced tea with coconut water? Since coconut water is naturally sweet, by adding some fresh limes will make the perfect flavour.

Coconut water with mint and lemon Recipe - Vaya.in

Ingredients:

  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups coconut water, heated
  • raw honey, optional

Method:

Add the black tea bags and sliced lime to a 1-quart mason jar or pitcher. Pour the heated coconut water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavours to release.

3. Iced Peach Ginger Tea:

Peach and ginger go very well together and create sweet yet spice-filled iced tea recipe that is a great change to your typical iced tea. This is also a great use of those fresh summer peaches you have on hand.

Instant Pot Ginger Peach Iced Tea Recipe | Mama Likes To Cook

Ingredients:

  • 1 peach, pitted and sliced
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 4 ginger coins
  • 3 cups hot water
  • raw honey, optional

Method:

Add the sliced peach and green tea bags to a 1-quart mason jar or pitcher. Skewer the sliced ginger coins on a toothpick, if desired, to make them easier to remove later, and then add them to the jar. Pour the hot water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavours to release.

4. Blackberry Mint Iced Tea:

Hard to go wrong with fresh summer blackberries and mint leaves, especially when they’re combined with green tea and enjoyed on a hot summer day.

Blackberry Sweet Tea Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2  cup  fresh blackberries
  • 6  leaves  fresh mint
  • 2  bags green tea
  • 3 cups hot water
  • raw honey, optional

Method:

Add the fresh blackberries, mint leaves, and green tea bags to a 1-quart mason jar or pitcher. Pour the hot water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavours to release.

Note:

If you’re used to drinking iced tea with sugar or any other artificial sweetener, then having iced tea without sugar can come as a bit of a shock to your taste buds. The fresh fruits and herbs in these four healthy iced teas act as a natural sweetener. However, if you want to add a little sweetener to your iced tea, try using raw honey as mentioned above (or pure maple syrup for a vegan option) right before you place it in the fridge to chill.

What do you think?

Written by Infeagle

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