This summer has been hot and I always find a cool glass of iced tea is a perfect way to refresh. Here are my five best iced tea recipes.
Each of these best iced tea recipes makes an iced tea that will quench your thirst and not leave a bitter aftertaste! Mix up a batch and keep it in the refrigerator for a budget-friendly and refreshing drink.
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Best Iced Tea Recipes
Why do I like iced tea so much?
I read somewhere that iced tea has been popular since the early 1900s. Of course, this means there has been plenty of time for the perfection of iced tea recipes. Right? Plus, most iced tea also contains caffeine, which gives me a nice jolt in the afternoon and is likely another reason I like it so much.
Tea also contains an amino acid that produces some kind of calming effect in the body that results in a better mood. I think this probably works best with decaf tea.
Iced tea also hydrates the body so I like to mix it in with my daily intake of water. It makes it easier to drink enough liquids every day. (Yes, I do get bored with water all day long.)
I should probably mention that unsweetened tea is the best for you and once you sweeten your tea many of the positive aspects may no longer apply.
It is probably a good thing that I don’t like Sweet Tea. It is just too sweet for my taste buds!
So here are my five best iced tea recipes.
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Cold Brew Iced Tea
Making Cold Brew Iced Tea is very simple. Just place the tea bags in a pitcher, add water, and let the tea seep for 6 to 8 hours in the refrigerator. If you want to use loose-leaf tea, just strain before drinking and you will enjoy cold-brew tea every day!
- 6 tea bags (one tea bag per cup of water) of any flavor of tea
- 6 cups of cold water
- sliced lemons or mint
- Place six tea bags in a pitcher and add 6 cups of cold water.
- Place in refrigerator for 6 - 8 hours.
- Enjoy and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Raspberry Iced Tea
Nothing is better than a cold glass of berry-flavored iced tea. We had some raspberries in the refrigerator and I decided to make some fresh raspberry iced tea. The color alone is enough to invite you to drink this all day long!
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- 6 cups of water
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (or taste for more) using 1 cup syrup and one cup of water
- 4 tea bags of black tea
- 2 cups (12 ounces) raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- sliced lemon for garnish
- Make the simple syrup. Add equal parts of water and white sugar and cook over medium heat. Cool and pour into a jar. Secure with lid and store in the refrigerator.
- Boil 4 cups of water and add the raspberries. Mash and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Strain the mixture into a bowl.
- Heat 2 cups of water and add the four tea bags.
Coconut Iced Tea Chai Latte
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I tasted my first Chai Latte! Wow! I loved it. Chai tea is also wonderful. Chai tea is a loose-leaf style tea brewed in hot milk, usually with something like sugar to sweeten it up.
This Coconut Iced Tea Chai Latte isn’t too sweet and I love it.
This iced tea is so easy to make, thanks to the TAZO Classic Chai Latte concentrate.
- 1/2 cup TAZO Classic Chai Latte Concentrate
- 1/2 cup Thai Kitchen Coconut milk (unsweetened or sweetened)
- 1 cup of ice
- Place the ice cubes in the jar. Add the Chai tea and the coconut milk
- Sweeten to taste if needed.
Iced Tea Lemonade with Basil
I love anything with lemonade (including beer!) and an Arnold Palmer is one of my favorite things to order. Add some freshly crushed basil and you will love this iced tea.
- 1 cup of hot water
- 3 Tea bags - English breakfast, black, or the flavor of your choice
- 1 cup lemonade
- 6 basil leaves, crushed
- 3 cups ice
- one lemon, sliced
- Boil water in a pot. Turn off and add the tea bags. Let seep for five minutes. (You can also make Cold Brew Iced Tea, using the recipe above.) Let cool.
- Fill glasses with ice cubes.
- Add lemonade and tea.
- Garnish with crushed basil leaves and lemon slices.
Blueberry Iced Tea Lemonade
I enjoy blueberries almost every day. I have them with my cereal or my iced tea! This Blueberry Iced Tea recipe is a staple in our refrigerator!
The blueberry syrup is easy to make. Boil the blueberries with lemon juice and strain to make the syrup.
- 2 cups of fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 cup ofsugar
- 5 cups water
- 4 tea bags of black tea
- Add the blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat and press berries through a mesh sieve. Use the back of a wooden spoon to maximize the amount of juice.
- Boil 5 cups of water, then remove from heat and add tea bags. Let seep for about three minutes.
- Add blueberry syrup to the tea and cool. Serve over ice.
- Garnish with fresh blueberries.
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