I’m an avid tea drinker, both the hot and iced variety and being that June is National Ice Tea Month, I thought I would share a bit about it. Iced tea is consumed world-wide. Here in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed.
Iced tea is a refreshing, cold drink which can be enjoyed all year round. It can be made using black, green, white or herbal tea. It is usually served with ice cubes, maybe some sliced fruit and sweetened or not. It can be freshly made a variety of ways for just pennies or purchased ready made.
There are only 2 calories in 1 cup of unsweetened iced tea while sweetened tea can contain a whole lot more, so read the label!!!
I Want My Iced Tea Now Methods:
- Simple heat water in a pan to almost boiling. Then add 1- 3 tea bags of your choice and let it steep for 5 – 10 minutues. Place ice in a glass along with a metal spoon (this keeps the glass from breaking) and pour tea in. Drink as is or a add sweetener. I like to use a drop or two of liquid Stevia, no calories. My favorite is SweetLeaf which comes plain or flavored. Get it HERE
- I like to make my tea in a big batch using my Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker, get HERE. It is so easy and this way I can use tea bags or fresh mint from my garden, I have Spearmint and also Chocolate Mint – Yummmm! Following manufacturer directions is so simple. First I fill water in the pitcher to the water line and then pour it into the machine. Then fill ice up to the ice line on the pitcher. Next I add the teabags into the holding container or cram in as much mint as I can in it, put the lid on and put it ontop the pitcher and push the button.
I Want My Tea Later Methods:
- Sun-tea is very popular and easy as long as you are patient. Find a large glass jar fill it with water and 4-5 tea bags. Put it out in the sun for several hours, that’s it!
- Refrigerator tea takes a bit longer. Do as above and put container in the refrigerator for about 10-12 hours.
Flavoring Your Tea is as wide open as your imagination! One thing you may not have thought of is using certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. (Not all essential oils or brands can be taken internally. Email me to learn what I use, Kathy@kathyskinner.com)
When using essential oils, just use ONE drop, try it and then add ONE more if you want more flavor. Some, like Peppermint, are quite potent so just stick a toothpick into the essential oil container and then stir it around in your tea. Other essential oils to try are:
- Wild Orange
- Ylang Ylang
Email me to get essential oils or learn more – Kathy@kathyskinner.com
Have any other ideas? Share your favorite Iced Tea so we can all enjoy!