Beat Dehydration With Iced Tea
Don’t let the heat and humidity get to you this summer. Start a tea tradition!
When did iced tea come into popularity?
Iced tea was “invented” at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. A clever vendor added ice to a cup of hot tea as a way to cool it down and iced tea was born!
Iced tea is delicious and provides a boost to your immune system. Lovers and drinkers of hot tea may find they welcome a refreshing iced tea.
Don’t forget June 10 is National Iced Tea day!
Try these recipes
Use lemon tea. It’s a subtle flavor so you may want to add lemon slices to the glass when you serve it or you can add lemon slices to the tea when brewing it.
This tea features club soda for a fizzy zing! Here’s how to make it:
- Steep six lemon tea bags in four cups of boiling water
- Use 24 ounces of strawberry puree — you can use fresh or frozen strawberries. Blend them up until they are a thick consistency — about one minute
- Add one bottle of club soda or sparkling water
Once the tea is brewed and cooled, remove the tea bags and put the tea into a pitcher. Add the strawberry puree and sparkling water.
Pinch Serve over ice with a sliced strawberry and lemon on the side.
Mint tea is surprisingly refreshing.
- Five cups of boiling water
- Pour over one tablespoon of loose green tea
- Pinch two small bunches of fresh spearmint
- Add one-third cup of sugar — or more or less — to taste
Let the tea steep for three minutes.
Remove the tea ball and add the mint and sugar to the hot tea.
You can either let this sit until cool or you can serve immediately by pouring over ice.
Pineapple Sun Tea
Sun tea is popular, but we urge you to not store it in the refrigerator.
Grab a pitcher or a large mason jar, fill with four cups of water, add four black tea bags, let steep in the summer sun. This will take about three hours.
After the tea is the color you like (brew longer for a more robust tea flavor) remove the tea bags, add in pineapple frozen concentrate, squeeze in lemon juice and add sugar to taste (about one third of a cup)
Slice a piece of pineapple, place on the iced tea glass and pour the tea into a glass filled with ice.
Peach Iced Tea
This is a long-standing summer favorite because it’s refreshing and delicious!
You will need:
- Two quarts of brewed black tea
- One cup of sugar
- One-quarter cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- Cans of peach nectar
Stir all of the ingredients together in a large pitcher. Refrigerate. Serve over ice with pieces of peach in the glass or frozen into ice cubes.
To make certain your tea retains its flavor and doesn’t get watered down by ice cubes. Freeze tea into ice cube trays and use those for your drinks.
Choose your tea bags or loose tea of choice, add in fruit that complements the tea flavor. Add sugar if you’d like. Kick back and enjoy the day poolside and get your liquids for your health in a delicious way!