3 Simple Recipes for Homemade Iced Tea

by Jen in food,recipe,summer,summertime

homemade iced tea recipesThe heat is back. It’s been a quick transition from spring to hot summertime weather this week. So, I’m in the mood for some iced tea. I’ve dusted off this post about how to make homemade iced tea from the archives. There is something refreshing and invigorating about iced tea. Heat can really wear you out – tea helps pick you up. While I am also a huge fan of lemonade, for today iced tea is where it’s at. Here is how I made iced tea 3 different ways.
Simple Refreshing Tea

3 Starbuck’s “Refresh” tea bags

mint sprig for garnish

1. steep the tea, in a heat proof container, in 3 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes

2. remove the tea bags and transfer the container to the fridge for 5 minutes

3. pour into a tall glass over ice

4. garnish with mint
Basil, Mint & Lemon “Tea”

1 sprig of basil
1 sprig of mint
3 lemon slices
1. steep the basil, mint and lemon slices in 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes
2. transfer to the fridge to cool
3. spoon off the basil, mint and lemon
4. pour into a glass over ice, garnish with either basil, mint or lemon…or all 3!
Jasmine Green Iced Tea with lemon and mint

Jasmine Green Tea with lemon and mint

3 Jasmine Green Tea bags
8 lemon slices
1 sprig of mint (for garnish)
1. steep the tea and lemon slices (in a heat proof container) in 3 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes
2. remove the tea bags and the lemon slices, and transfer the container to the fridge for 10 minutes
3. pour into a tall glass over ice

I used my Pyrex glass measuring bowl to steep the hot tea in, these are so handy. If you prefer a sweetened tea, add a teaspoon of honey when the water is hot. The honey will melt into your tea – taste and add more if you wish. I also added some frozen raspberries to the teas. You can freeze any berry by laying, in a single layer, on a baking sheet and freezing it. You can even freeze pitted fruit by slicing them up and laying them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Can’t wait to freeze some fresh Ontario peaches and add them to drinks all fall long!
Do you love sweetened iced tea or unsweetened iced tea? Or are you more a fan of lemonade?

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Tasha June 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I love Tea! These are so great recipes! Can’t wait to try them out. They all sound yummy.

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