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4 HEALTHY ICED TEA RECIPES FOR SUMMER by Lacey Baier



If you’re used to drinking iced tea with sugar or sweeteners, having iced tea without sugar can come as a bit of a shock to your tastebuds. The fresh fruits and herbs in these four healthy iced teas helps naturally sweeten the iced teas, which is great!


If you want to add a sweetener to your iced tea, try using a little bit of honey or pure maple syrup before you place it in the fridge to chill. Aim to keep the sweetness level just under what tastes perfectly sweet to you so that, next time, you can add a little less honey/maple syrup and then even less the next time. Over time, you’ll train your tastebuds to prefer the natural flavours and sweetness of the fruits and herbs in the iced tea, rather than the honey.


Container suggestion: 1 quart mason jar or pitcher.


INGREDIENTS:


Lemon Basil Iced Tea

  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced

  • 6 fresh basil leaves

  • 2 green tea bags

  • 3 cups hot water

  • Optional: honey or maple syrup


Coconut Lime Iced Tea

  • 2 black tea bags

  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced

  • 3 cups coconut water, heated

  • Optional: honey or maple syrup


Iced Peach Ginger Tea

  • 1 peach, pitted and sliced

  • 2 green tea bags

  • 4 ginger coins

  • 3 cups hot water

  • Optional: honey or maple syrup


Blackberry Mint Ice Tea

  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries

  • 6 leaves fresh mint

  • 2 bags green tea

  • 3 cups hot water

  • Optional: honey or maple syrup


INSTRUCTIONS:


Lemon Basil Iced Tea

  1. Add the lemon slices, fresh basil leaves, and green tea bags to a 1 quart mason jar or pitcher.

  2. Pour hot water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags.

  3. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavors to release.


Coconut Lime Iced Tea

  1. Add the black tea bags and sliced lime to a 1 quart mason jar or pitcher.

  2. Pour heated coconut water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags.

  3. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavors to release.


Iced Peach Ginger Tea

  1. Add the sliced peach and green tea bags to a 1 quart mason jar or pitcher.

  2. Skewer the sliced ginger coins on a toothpick, if desired, to make them easier to remove later, and then add them to the jar.

  3. Pour the hot water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags.

  4. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavors to release.


Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

  1. Add the fresh blackberries, mint leaves, and green tea bags to a 1 quart mason jar or pitcher.

  2. Pour the hot water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags.

  3. Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavors to release.



Source: https://www.asweetpeachef.com/4-healthy-iced-teas-recipes/

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