It kind of amazes me that there is a day for nearly everything! Who comes up with these days, anyway? Iced Tea Day? Well, why not?
There’s nothing like a tall glass of iced tea on a sweltering summer day. Or any other time, for that matter. If you think all there is to iced tea is what you can buy ready-made in a jug at the grocery store, think again. Iced tea flavors and combinations are limited only by your imagination and ingredients on hand or available.
Use either regular tea bags or herbal tea bags for a cool, refreshing drink that is a welcome change from soda pop, Kool-Aid, or whatever. Herbal teas are not only tasty but also have health benefits that regular tea doesn’t have, and most are minus the caffeine. Mix equal parts of tea and sparkling water for a tasty treat. You also can try these tasty iced tea recipes or come up with your own original concoction.
Minty Blackberry Iced Tea
2 family-sized tea bags or 4 regular bags
4 c. boiling water
3 c. blackberries, fresh or frozen
1 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 1/4 c. sugar
Pinch of baking soda
2 ½ c. cold water or use part sparkling water
Pour boiling water over tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. While tea is steeping, crush the berries with a potato masher or spoon. Add sugar; stir in mint and baking soda. Pour the tea over the berries and let sit for an hour. Strain the mixture into a pitcher. Add the 2 ½ c. cold water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Garnish with berries and/or mint leaves, if desired. Makes about 7 cups.
There are a couple of options for making this next tea. Try one of these, or make up your own.
Lemony Mint Iced Tea
4 Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger tea bags OR peppermint tea bags
OR use 2 lemon and 2 peppermint tea bags
3 c. boiling water
½ can (12 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate
½ c. sugar
4 c. cold water
1 c. fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and fresh mint leaves. Steep covered for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and the mint leaves. Stir in the sugar and lemonade concentrate. Add the cold water and chill. You can play around with this recipe changing up the flavor or type of tea bags used, omitting the fresh mint leaves if you use mint tea, or adding other goodies, such as ginger or honey (in place of the sugar). Make this tea hot in the winter using the lemonade and honey combination in the mint tea for a good cough soother.
Spicy Iced Tea
4 herbal tea bags, your choice
4 c. boiling water
Sugar to taste
8 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
Lemon zest to taste
Pour boiling water over tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Sweeten to taste. Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and lemon zest. Chill and let flavors blend for a couple of hours. Serve over ice with a cinnamon stick and lemon slice in each glass.
Come and share a glass of iced tea with the folks at Nissan of Picayune, Mississippi, while we show you all the great Nissans we have on hand.