It’s a great and inexpensive way to cool down all summer long
You may not have realized that June is National Iced Tea Month. This southern tradition has so many variations that you can try something different each week and never tire of it. All you need is some inspiration, and some time to start brewing. Here are some ideas to get you started! (Click on the links in the headers for the various recipes
Good old fashioned sun tea
On a sunny day, one of the easiest—and tastiest—ways to refresh yourself is to put some tea bags in a clear pitcher of filtered water, and set it outside in the sun to steep. (If you have a lid to the pitcher, even better, to keep bugs out and hold the tea bags in place. Otherwise put some plastic wrap over the top of the pitcher to keep out those uninvited critters.) Depending on how hot a day it is, after an hour or so, you’ll have a tea brewed by the warmth of the sun.
Pour yourself a glass over some ice, add a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of sugar or your favorite sweetener (try the all-natural Stevia!), and you’re on your way to refreshment!
Raspberry Lemon Iced Tea
Why buy raspberry iced tea that’s full of sugar and artificial flavors when this recipe is so easy! It tea takes only 20 minutes and is great for entertaining—say at a pool party. Add some fresh berries or lemon wedges as a garnish.
Peach Mango White Iced Tea
This recipe is from the clever Scrumptious Pumpkin food blog, which focuses on “clean eating.” Here you get some of the tea’s sweetness from the fruit itself instead of only refined sugar. It used frozen mangoes as well as fresh peaches. You should be able to find white tea bags at your grocery store, but if not, using black tea also yields a good result. Just steep the tea for a bit less time, so it’s not as strong.
Martha Stewart’s Hibiscus-Mint Iced Tea
Cool down on a hot day with this herbal tea blend, which has a delicious sweet-tart taste. You’ll just need some hibiscus tea bags, apple juice, and fresh mint. You don’t need much time to prepare it, and it will leave you feeling steeped in tropical refreshment!
Bobby Flay’s Iced Chai Tea Latte
Why not mix the joys of iced tea with the creaminess of a latte and the interesting spice of chai? Here’s a Food Network recipe that really satisfies. Traditionally, you make Chai tea by brewing black tea with Indian spices and herbs, but you can “cheat” by finding chai tea bags at a store near you. The other ingredients you’ll need are whole milk, honey, and ice. You’ll end up with a cool and creamy concoction that brings together some unusual flavors. Give it a try. Who knows—it could be your new favorite!
These are just a few ways to celebrate National Iced Tea Month. If you’re having friends over, or are sick of bringing that same old pasta salad to the barbecue, why not try one of these this summer? It can save you money and cut down on the processed food you’re consuming—a double win!
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