Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Reinventing Iced Tea

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 These gorgeous summer months call for iced tea. A whole lot of it. Ever since childhood, summertime has meant lightly sweetened sun tea, so cool, refreshing, and delicious.

Bored of the same old black? There are so many different things you can do to vary your tea intake :). Here are a few of my favorite suggestions:

Mix and match. I love black tea, but every once in awhile its nice to spice it up a notch. Throw in a peppermint tea bag while your black tea is steeping. Voila, a super cool and minty refresher! There are countless options- just open your tea cupboard, throw a few different things together, and see how it turns out :).

Go green. Green tea can be equally nice iced. I particularly enjoy Tazo's Green Ginger. It is flavored with ginger and pears. Delicious! Pregnant women beware- an antioxidant in green tea inhibits absorption of folic acid. When regularly consumed by pregnant women, this can lead to neurological problems in the baby. 

Try fruity. I also love pairing a black tea bag with a fruity herbal one, such as strawberry or peach. Your glass of tea could almost count for dessert with a little bit of sweetener added! :)

To make iced tea, I simply boil water in my kettle and brew hot (in a mug for an individual serving, or a pot for multiple servings), adding my desired amount of sugar (I find that if you try to stir it in once the tea is cold, it doesn't dissolve or blend in as nicely).

Let it sit to cool on the counter for a few hours, then transfer to the fridge or freezer (for a quicker cool down- just don't forget you put it in there!) for another hour or two. Serve over ice.

Are you a tea drinker? What are some of your favorite summer beverages?

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1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! I'm inspired to get back into drinking tea...thanks for suggesting the green with ginger. I want to drink green regularly but don't love the taste. :)

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