Are you looking for an alternate to soda? Do you need a caffeine pick-me-up in the afternoon? Would you like a healthy elixir to add to your daily weight loss regimen? How about drinking a refreshing DIY beverage that helps lower cholesterol, improves brain function, and protects you from cancer all while aiding in fat loss? Oh, and it can be made for pennies a glass.
Green tea is at your service! Making iced tea from scratch is so easy, inexpensive, and customizable that you're going to want to plan to make it every week.
Customizable? Here are some options: caffeinated or decaf, loose tea or bags, hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened, etc.
Fresh fruit or berries
Mint or herbs
Lemons or limes
Syrups or Stevia
Cinnamon, ginger, or cloves
Peaches and thyme
Sweetened condensed milk (Thai iced tea)
Watermelon and basil
Lemonade (Arnold Palmer)
Here's how to make it:
Boil 1-2 gallons of water in a pot (depending on how much you want to make and/or how big your pot and storage containers are).
Turn off the stove and hang 12 green tea bags (or any tea of your liking) off the side until the water has cooled on its own. (Alternately you can use loose tea and strain it later)
Discard the tea bags (or strain) and store the cooled tea in containers in your fridge. At this point you can add your add-ins to flavor the tea as it sits in the fridge, or save the add-ins for when you're ready to drink. Play around with your recipe and make it your own.
Don't forget to customize your iced tea any way you'd like it. When you're ready to drink, fill a tall glass with lots of ice (and fruit or add-ins), stir, and enjoy!
What are your favorite ways to drink iced tea?