5 Must Try Iced Tea Recipes

 

5 Must Try Iced Tea Recipes

 

The first official day of Summer 2018 is almost here but for many of us, the heat is already in full swing. Make staying hydrated and cool easy this summer with our Top 5 Must-Try Iced Tea Recipes, or try some of our favorite iced tea combos listed below the recipes for delish tea pairings that taste great as iced tea, popsicles or slushies!

 

During the month of June, we are having a sale on select iced tea favorites in honor of National Iced Tea Month, the perfect chance to stock up for the summer!

 

Iced Tea For the Kids

 

Iced Watermelon Green tea

The kids are out of school and as temperatures rise, it can be a struggle to keep them hydrated without resorting to sugary drinks. Try our Iced Watermelon Green Tea recipe for a delicious, healthy summertime drink, chock full of antioxidants and with only 5 grams added sugar per serving.

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Iced Watermelon Green Tea

(serves 4)

 

Ingredients

 

From The Spice & Tea Exchange®

 

4 tsp. Mystic Dragon Tea

4 tsp. Raspberry Sugar

 

From the Grocer

 

32 oz Filtered Water

1 cup Watermelon – Cubed

Slices of Watermelon (Optional garnish)

 

Preparation

 

HEAT filtered water to 175°F. Steep Mystic Dragon Tea for 3 minutes and strain. Add Raspberry Sugar and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool.

 

BLEND the watermelon and strain through a mesh strainer until you have about 1 cup of juice.

 

MIX the tea and watermelon juice together.

 

SERVE in four medium-sized beverage glasses over ice. Garnish with a small slice of watermelon on the rim of the glasses.

 

TIP: Try pouring it into popsicle molds to keep them extra cool on those pavement-melting days!

 

 

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Iced Tea For Happy Hour

 

Keep the spirit of summertime paradise alive at happy hour with our refreshing Tropical Island Iced Tea. Made with our Mango Habanero Sugar and White Papaya Tea, this tropical twist on Long Island Iced Tea would be the perfect addition to any luau, as well as a delicious nightcap for sweltering summer nights!

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Tropical Island Iced Tea

(serves 6)

 

Ingredients

 

From The Spice & Tea Exchange®

 

3 ½ Tbsp. Mango Habanero Sugar

0.7 oz Bag White Papaya Tea

 

From the Grocer

 

1 quart + 1/3 cup Filtered Water – Divided

½ oz each of Vodka, Gin, White Rum, White Tequila, & Triple Sec

6 oz Orange, Pineapple, or Lemon Juice (Optional)

1-liter bottle of crème soda

 

Preparation

 

COMBINE Mango Habanero Sugar and 1/3 cup filtered water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring often until sugar has dissolved, 3-5 mins. Remove from heat. Allow newly made simple syrup to cool to room temperature. Transfer to a sealable container and set aside.

 

BREW entire bag of White Papaya Tea in 1 quart of 180°F filtered water for 3 mins. Strain tea leaves. Allow tea to cool to room temperature. Place in refrigerator to fully chill, 2-3 hrs.

 

FILL a large glass with ice, followed by vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, ½ cup (or to taste) chilled tea. Add 1 oz of juice and splash of the Mango Habanero simple syrup. Top with a splash of crème soda.

 

STIR to combine.

 

SERVE with a slice of mango or pineapple and a drink umbrella, if desired.

 

TIP: Omit the alcohol and increase juice and soda by 2 oz each for a mocktail everyone can enjoy!

 

TIP: Use diet crème soda for a skinny version with less than half the sugar!

 

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 Ice Tea For Afternoons on the Veranda southern-iced-tea

 Nothing says summertime in the south like an ice-cold glass of iced Southern Sweet Tea. Specially selected for its timeless great taste, our Southern Iced Tea is delicious both sweetened and unsweetened and makes the perfect accompaniment to summer afternoons on the porch or at the grill. Make it by the gallon to enjoy all day long or to serve a crowd!

 

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Southern Sweet Tea

(yields 1 Gallon)

 

Ingredients

 

From The Spice & Tea Exchange®

 

10 Tbsp. Southern Iced Tea

 

From the Grocer

 

1 Gallon Filtered Water

1 Cup Sugar OR ¾ Cup Honey (Optional)

2 Lemons, Sliced & Divided (Optional)

 

 

Preparation

 

BREW 10 Tbsp. of Southern Iced Tea in 1 Gallon of 212°F filtered water for 4 minutes, using a tea filter or infuser.

 

STIR in sugar or honey, if desired, and add slices of 1 lemon (optional), reserving remaining sliced lemon for garnish.

 

COOL to room temperature and place in refrigerator to fully chill, 2-3 hours for best flavor, or serve immediately over ice.

 

SERVE chilled tea in a large glass with ice and garnish with lemon slice, if desired.

 

 

TIP: Substitute different fruits and berries for the lemon for a delicious twist on this classic!

 

TIP: Make it a Sun Tea by placing tea in an infuser or tea filter bag with room temperature filtered water in a glass gallon jar or covered glass pitcher in a sunny spot for 3-5 hours. Move container as needed to keep it in full sun.  After brewing, continue from adding sugar step.

 

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Iced Tea For a Fruity InfusionMango Green Tea Peach Cocktail

 There’s something special about the taste of fresh summer fruits. It brings summertime memories flooding back of biting into fruit so ripe, the juices dribbled down chins and set mothers to chasing children down with a washcloth before the stickiness spread. If the scent of fresh fruits takes you back, our Mango Green Tea Peach Cocktail will satisfy the nostalgia in you while quenching your thirst and cooling you off after a sun-drenched day, and it’s decaffeinated, so you can rest well tonight.

 

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Mango Green Tea Peach Cocktail

(Serves 4)

 

Ingredients

 

From The Spice & Tea Exchange®

 

10 Tbsp. Decaf Mango Tea

 

From the Grocer

 

32 oz Filtered Water

2 Fresh Peaches – Peeled and Sliced

6 oz Vodka

1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice (From 2-3 limes)

Slices of Peach (Optional garnish)

 

Preparation

 

HEAT filtered water to 175°F. Steep Decaf Mango Tea for 2 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until cold.

 

MUDDLE (smash) peaches in large shaker. Add vodka, brewed tea, and lime juice.

 

SHAKE well and strain.

 

SERVE in four mason jars or large beverage glasses over ice. Garnish each with a slice of peach if desired.

 

TIP: Omit the alcohol for a mocktail everyone can enjoy!

 

TIP: Place fresh peach slices in the bottom of popsicle molds and top off with tea mixture for a frozen treat. Omit alcohol so the kids can enjoy them, too!

 

 

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Iced Tea For an International Experience Thai-Iced-Tea

 

If you love to travel and experience all the cultures the world has to offer, why stick with the same old iced tea recipes? Get out there and give our Thai Iced Tea a try this summer, for an international experience you won’t have to buy an airline ticket to reach.  Strong, creamy, flavorful, and refreshing, this is the perfect iced tea to get you out of your summertime beverage rut. Make the concentrate ahead for an easy treat you can enjoy all week!

 

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Thai Iced Tea

(Serves 4)

 

Ingredients

 

From The Spice & Tea Exchange®

 

8 Tsp. Earl Grey Crème Tea

6 Whole Star Anise – Divided

1 Cardamom – Green Pod – Smashed

2 Whole Cloves

½ Cup Coconut Sugar

1 Tsp. Espresso Sugar (Optional garnish)

 

From the Grocer

 

32 oz Filtered Water

½ Cup Half and Half, Coconut, Whole Milk, OR Sweetened Condensed Milk

 

Preparation

 

HEAT Filtered Water to 212°F (boiling).

 

STEEP Earl Grey Crème Tea, 2 Star Anise, Cardamom, Cloves, and Coconut Sugar in water for 1 hour and strain.

 

STIR to make sure sugar is dissolved, then refrigerate until cool.

 

FILL four beverage glasses with ice. Pour in the steeped tea, leaving enough room for your desired amount of half and half or milk. We prefer 2 Tbsp. per serving, but you may like more or less. When using whole or coconut milk, it takes a bit more to get the creaminess.

 

GARNISH with an additional Star Anise floating on top of each glass or for a unique touch, sprinkle with Espresso Sugar.

 

 

TIP: Make a double batch of tea and spice concentrate and store in the fridge for up to 5 days, so you can enjoy a serving of Thai Iced Tea anytime. Just pour over ice and add milk or cream!

 

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Iced Tea Pairings

 

Remember mixing your soda pop flavors as a kid to get that unique flavor that was all yours? Well, sometimes kids have the right idea! Try one of our favorite Tea Combinations over ice for custom drinks that will satisfy everyone’s cravings for delicious summertime refreshment!

 

 

 

Berry White + Blue Raspberry Crush = A berry purple tea almost too pretty to drink…but oh, so yummy!

Decaf Mango + Coconut Oolong = A tropical delight that pairs well with coconut sugar!

White Papaya + Coconut Oolong = An island vacation in a glass!

 

 

Or try your own combo and let us know what your favorite is!

 

 

 


Iced Tea Favorites

 Blood-Orange Smoothie Herbal Tea – A yummy citrusy iced tea that is naturally sweet and caffeine free!

Blueberry Black – Delicious alone or add lemonade & fresh berries for a pairing that never disappoints!

Berry Bouquet Herbal Tea – Naturally sweet, enjoy alone or pair with a sparkling soda for a fizzy drink!

Marrakesh Mint – A refreshing minty green tea that pairs wonderfully with a bit of honey!

 

 

 

Let us know how you plan to stay cool and hydrated this summer in the comments. Thanks for reading!

 

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