Think outside of the box when brewing a batch of iced tea this summer. Here are 4 recipes perfect to quench that summer thirst.
1. Green Tea Sangria
Here's another refreshing drink to cool down with as the temperatures creep into the triple digits.
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1 1/2 cups prepared green tea
- 1/2 cup fine sugar
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- Mixed melon slices
Stir all ingredients until sugar dissolves. Add melon. Chill. Garnish with lime slices before serving.
2. Green Tea & Ginger Ale Iced Tea
After trying Canada Dry's version of Green Tea & Ginger Ale and finding it tasteless, decided to make our own. So easy to prepare and full of flavor!
- 1 Tsp green tea
- 10 oz. of cold ginger ale
Combine 1 level teaspoon of green tea with 10 oz. of cold ginger ale. Let steep for 90 minutes. Strain into an iced filled tall glass and enjoy. What could be easier?
3. Limeade Rooibos Iced Tea
- ¼ cup superfine sugar
- 6 slices peeled ginger (each a 1/4 inch thick)
- 8 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 lime cut into eights
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 24 oz. brewed rooibos tea, chilled
Combine the sugar, ginger, thyme and lime
in a cocktail shaker. Don’t have a shaker? Use a sturdy mixing bowl or pint
glass. Place the muddler in the glass. Don’t have a muddler? Use the end of a
rolling pin. Press down with it lightly and give a few gentle twists. You
should see juice squirting out from the limes and the ginger and thyme will
begin to break down. Add the lime juice, stirring until the sugar is totally
Strain the mixture into a pitcher partially filled with ice, or divide between four tall ice-filled glasses. Top with the tea and stir well. Garnish with lime slices.
4. Pomegranate Iced Black Tea
Nothing cools you down on a hot day like iced tea - and the drink can be a beauty elixir. Tea has compounds such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and tannin - that enhance the look of your skin. The results can be increased by adding ingredients such as pomegranate juice which has its own beauty benefits.
- 1 Tsp black tea or tea bag
- Sugar to taste
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
Steep tea in 1 cup of boiling water for 3 minutes. Add sugar to taste and stir until dissolved. While tea is cooling pour pomegranate juice into a tall glass over ice. Add brewed tea mixture and stir to combine.
Makes 2 glasses.