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5 ultra-refreshing homemade iced tea recipes

What better way to cool off than with a delicious homemade iced tea? Fresh, healthy and easy to make, iced tea is the perfect drink to enjoy all summer long. Here are five recipes to try!

Iced Tea Basics

The basic ingredients for homemade iced tea are tea, water, sugar and lemon. You can essentially make it with any tea you like, but the most commonly used types are black, green or red fruit teas.

Tea bags are the easiest to work with. Loose tea, on the other hand, is harder, but usually of better quality, giving you a more aromatic and flavorful iced tea.

Once you have the base in place, you can start adding and crumbling: quartered peaches, mint leaves… Anything for the taste and look of your iced tea. Here are 5 recipes to get you started.

1. Simple Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of boiled water,
  • 1 lemon, quartered,
  • 1 infusion of green, black or red fruit tea,
  • ice cubes,
  • optional: fresh mint, ginger, honey…

Preparation

  • Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or kettle. Then pour it into a pitcher to cool. Green tea is best brewed at 80 degrees, so it’s best to let it cool first.
  • Put the tea bag in the water and let it steep for about 3 minutes.
  • Add a few pieces of lemon and maybe some extra seasoning like mint or ginger. If you like your tea sweeter, add some honey or sugar.
  • Let the iced tea cool in the refrigerator.
  • Serve chilled with ice cubes.

2. Earl Grey Iced Tea with Orange

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of cold water,
  • 1 orange, zest & extra for finishing,
  • 10 grams of loose Earl Grey tea,
  • 3 sprigs of mint,
  • ice cubes.

Preparation

  • Put the Earl Grey tea in a liter of cold water. Add the mint and the zest of the orange.
  • Leave the mixture in the refrigerator for 6 to 12 hours.
  • Strain all the ingredients for the iced tea.
  • Add ice cubes and possibly some orange slices and mint for the final touch.

3. Spicy chai iced tea

Ingredients

  • 240 milliliters of boiled water,
  • 240 milliliters of milk (vegetable),
  • 2 bags of chai tea,
  • 15 grams of sugar,
  • ice cubes,
  • Optional: spices like turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon…

Preparation

  • Mix the warm water, tea bags and sugar in a small saucepan. Let the mixture steep for at least 5 minutes.
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove the tea bags and refrigerate the mixture to cool.
  • Fill a glass with ice and add the chai mixture. Dilute with milk and stir gently.
  • Add spices for extra zing and enjoy!

4. Pomegranate Lime Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of boiled water,
  • 6 grams of white tea,
  • 25 grams of sugar,
  • 200 milliliters of pomegranate juice,
  • 1 lemon, sliced,
  • ice cubes.

Preparation

  • Add the white tea to the warm water. Let steep for 5 to 7 minutes before straining the leaves.
  • Add the sugar to the tea mixture and let cool.
  • Place the pomegranate juice and lime wedges in a pitcher filled with ice.
  • Then pour the tea mixture over it and serve!

5. Sangria Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of boiled water,
  • 6 grams of oolong tea,
  • 20 grams of sugar,
  • 100 milliliters of grape juice,
  • 100 milliliters of orange juice,
  • 1 lemon, sliced,
  • 1 lemon, sliced,
  • ice cubes,
  • optional: red fruits, mint…

Preparation

  • Put the hot water, sugar and oolong tea together in a saucepan. Let infuse for at least 5 minutes before straining the mixture.
  • Add the grape juice, lemon and lime slices.
  • Cover and let cool overnight.
  • Stir the orange juice into the mixture and serve immediately with ice.

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