Try these refreshing twists on the traditional iced tea recipe!Ice tea is a summertime staple. When served perfectly chilled on a hot summer day, nothing compares the flavor and refreshment it delivers with every gulp. If you are bored with the classic ice tea recipes you’ve been drinking all your life, try to incorporate some new ingredients to your traditional recipe to switch up the flavor profiles.
The great thing about ice tea is its versatility. Almost any fruit or citrus juice can enhance and complement its flavors, as well as, herbs, spices, rinds, and more! If you are ready to modernize your age-old iced tea recipe, continue reading and look forward to some fantastic tips and tricks you can try at home!
🍹 Green Lemon Iced Tea
What You Will Need:
🍋 Green Tea Leaves
🍋 Tea Ball
🍋 Juicer (optional)
*You can simply use green tea bags if you do not want or have a tea ball set. If you do not have fresh lemons for lemon juice, use lemonade.
➀ Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
➁ Insert 3 green tea bags.
➂ Cover with a lid and allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. If you want stronger tea, steep for a few minutes longer. If you do not have a lid or cover, use a large cutting board.
➃ Once the tea has steeped, transfer it to a pitcher and squeeze ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice in it. You can also add 2 teaspoons of honey or sugar to sweeten it up!
➄ Allow the tea to chill overnight in the refrigerator, and serve over ice with a lemon slice garnish!
🍹 Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea
What You Will Need:
💮 Hibiscus Tea Bags
💮 Fresh Ginger
💮 Sweetener of Choice
*You can use honey or sugar as a sweetener. You can find Hibiscus tea bags at any local grocery store or fresh foods market. Again, if you do not have fresh lemons, you can use lemonade instead.
➀ Bring 4 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of freshly peeled ginger, and 3 tablespoons of sweetener to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
➁ Stir the boiling water until the sugar is entirely dissolved.
➂ Remove the pan from heat and add 4 bags of Hibiscus tea.
➃ Cover the pan with a lid and allow the tea to steep for 10 to 12 minutes. Steep longer for stronger flavored tea.
➄ Pour the tea over a strainer into your desired pitcher to remove all the ginger solids.
➅ Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge!
➆ If you really want to up the ante, add a bit of seltzer water to fix up your iced tea concoction on a hot day!