It's time to quench your thirst with one of summer's most beloved (sometimes nonalcoholic) beverages. June 10 is National Iced Tea Day! Not that you need an excuse to enjoy one of these 11 refreshing, restorative recipes.
The Scrumptious Pumpkin puts summer peaches and mango, both in season, to good use in this gorgeous white iced-tea recipe. Although this recipe does require some sugar, The Scrumptious Pumpkin recommends adding fresh fruit to your iced tea. Doing so not only adds a hint of sweetness, but also precludes the need to add tons of sugar or artificial sweetener.
Must Have Mom combines Bigelow brand green tea with lemon and adds strawberry syrup for this refreshing concoction.
Happy House and Home had us in stitches with this charming how-to on making sun tea. You prepare the tea and set it out in the sun to brew for three to five hours, depending on how strong you like your tea. The blog offers two suggestions for adding sweetener, since it's so difficult for sugar to dissolve thoroughly in iced tea.
The Candid Appetite uses Tetley's black and green tea blend, mixed with fresh watermelon, basil and lime. Dress up this refreshing drink with a few garnishes. Add a few lime slices and a skewer of watermelon balls to your glasses, dtopping off with a few sprigs of fresh basil. If you don't have a melon baller, The Candid Appetite suggests you use a teaspoon measuring spoon.
Aggie's Kitchen was enjoying a cup of hot cinnamon apple spice herbal tea from Celestial Seasonings every night before bed for “dessert” (good idea!). She decided add some garnishes, including fresh apple slices, a cinnamon stick and a bit of honey, and serve it iced.
Castanea gets super fancy by brewing up this herbal tea recipe that calls for key-lime ice cubes. What a gorgeous way to stay cool this summer!
Love & Lemons explains that this is not the traditional way to use matcha (more on that later), but the results are refreshingly simple. Instead of whisking the matcha, shake it up in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, mint and lime juice. This is an unsweetened tea, so if you want more minty-sweetness, Love & Lemons recommends steeping the mint in a simple syrup.
After trying his hand at some blueberry lemonade, Kevin Lynch of Closet Cooking decided to put some leftover blueberry syrup to good use. His preferred warm drink of choice is green tea, so he decided to try it iced, with the syrup and a small hit of lemon to brighten things up.
Eating Well featured this recipe for this orange-infused Earl Grey iced tea. Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids that are credited with an assortment of health benefits. According to the publication, you can help preserve the flavonoids in iced tea by adding something acidic to it, such as the orange juice in this case.
Of course we can't leave out some good old-fashioned Southern sweet tea! The tricky part is that recipes for sweet tea aren't the healthiest. So we looked to one of our favorites, SkinnyMs., who specializes in reinventing healthier versions of traditional recipes. Check out this Southern-style-inspired recipe. It's just 49 calories per serving!
We couldn't resist including this recipe for lavender iced tea. It's so pretty and so delicious. Kees to the Kitchen adapted a recipe from Food & Wine, and used lavender from Sequim, Washington, on the road between Port Townsend and Olympic National Park, which calls itself “The Lavender Capital of North America.” Nice!