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Anyone who knows me knows that I am a tea freak. I drink it constantly, and I don’t discriminate — I love black tea, green tea, rooibos, chamomile, yerba mate, earl grey, chai, and most herbal blends — you name it! On any given day it is not unusual for me to consume at least 3 cups of tea, and I drink digestive teas like peppermint or ginger after dinner almost religiously. I just can’t get enough!

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But of course during the summer, and especially during the heat of the day, I tend to switch over to fresh iced tea, and keep a pitcher in the fridge at almost all times. Whenever I have company over they always compliment me on my iced tea, and I take the compliment, but it almost feels like cheating because it’s so deceptively easy to make.

It wasn’t only my love for tea that prompted me to begin making my own iced tea, but also the lack of similar beverages on the market that aren’t completely loaded with sugar. There are a lot of delicious, organic, “healthy,” “natural” pre-made iced teas available for purchase at grocery and health food stores alike, but even those that are masquerading as “healthy” often contain just as much, and often times even more, sugar than a can of soda. Factor in the cost of these supposedly healthy options, and you’re essentially paying double for fancy sugar water.

Another great thing about making my own iced tea is that it is completely customizable and I can switch up the recipe according to my mood. I have tried many different combinations and really have yet to come across a bad one; the possibilities are literally endless, and that is a very exciting prospect.

So what are you waiting for? Get brewing!

Homemade Iced Tea Recipes

1. Classic Black With Lemon

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Ingredients:

2. Iced Yerba Mate

Ingredients:

  • 2 Litres Freshly Boiled Filtered Water
  • 2 Bags Yerba Mate or 2 Tsp. Loose Yerba Mate
  • 1 Bag Rooibos or 1 Tsp. Loose Leaf Rooibos
  • 1 Bag Hibiscus or 1 Tsp. Dried Hibiscus
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Unpasteurized Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

3. Green Ginger Lemon Zinger

Ingredients:

  • 2 Litres Freshly Boiled Water
  • 2 Bags Green Tea or 2 Tsp. Loose Green Tea
  • 2 Bags Ginger Tea or 2 Tsp. Loose Ginger Tea
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Unpasteurized Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

4. Red Rooibos & Hibiscus (Caffeine Free)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Litres Freshly Boiled Water
  • 3 Bags Red Rooibos Tea or 3 Tsp. Loose Red Rooibos Tea
  • 2 Bags Hibiscus Tea or 2 Tsp. Loose Hibiscus Tea
  • 2 Tblsp. Raw Unpasteurized Honey
  • Sliced Lemon

Instructions (Same for all iced tea combinations)

  • Boil the water
  • Meanwhile, place bags in a 2 litre heatproof glass pitcher, leaving the strings out. If you don’t have one, use 2 1 litre mason jars. (If using loose tea, you’ll have to use mason jars or even a teapot with a strainer anyways.)
  • Pour freshly boiled water over the tea
  • Let steep for about 6 minutes
  • Using a wooden spoon, squish tea bags against the side of the pitcher before pulling out, then discard the teabags. (If using loose, use a strainer and pour the tea into the pitcher)
  • Add the honey with the wooden spoon and stir until dissolved
  • Squeeze in the lemon juice
  • Chill & serve
  • (If you can’t wait that long, pour over a full glass of ice, This will dilute it, but you’ll get your fix.)

There you have it! These iced teas are very light, mildly sweet, and wildly refreshing! Serve over ice with a lemon wedge on a hot summer day. Feel free to play with different combinations of tea or try adding various fruits or berries! Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments below!

Much Love


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