iced herbal tea

Today's forecast : Heat Index of 90 degrees

Iced tea season has begun.

 

iced herbal tea

 

Here is our very favorite way to make iced herbal tea. We could drink a gallon a day between all of us. The kids especially love any citrus or hibiscus flavored tea……

I tend to make a mild tea for frugality's sake. Especially since I add lemon, honey & juice concentrate to it. If you are making straight herbal tea, you may find you need a little more loose tea to acheive the flavor you are after.

 

iced herbal tea

 

iced herbal tea

 

our herbal tea

2 quart mason jars or heat safe container for steeping

1/3 cup loose herbs

2 TBSP honey

2 TBSP lemon or lime juice

2 TBSP high quality sugar free fruit concentrate, tart cherry is awesome

 

*add the herbs to one of the mason jars. fill 2/3 of the way with hot water. let steep for 10 minutes or longer, depending on the tea used. {some teas get bitter if steeped too long & others become more healthful, be sure to check the instructions} strain. add the honey, lemon/lime juice & concentrate. mix well. pour half the tea mix into each quart jar & top with water & ice. enjoy*

I find that a tiny hint of peppermint is very cooling. It isn't noticeable in the end flavor…. but it does taste so refreshing! Try adding a 1/2 tsp to the mix & see what you think!

I like mixing tonic blends & fruity blends. When using a tonic blend, please be sure it is safe for children.

Also, loose tea is by far the most affordable option. I use my seed sprouting strainer on wide mouth jars to strain it + toss it in the compost bucket! Check here and here for some really good quality teas that are organic, ethically harvested, & produced.

**edited to add that the peppermint should be peppermint tea, not oil or extract. a quarter tsp is plenty for a half gallon batch…. you can adjust accordingly for your own taste. enjoy!**  

16 thoughts on “iced herbal tea

  1. Sounds yummy! I need to make our drinks more often. I just drink water but the hubby like his mexican coke with sugar instead of corn syrup. He’s willing to not drink them if I make other things. I bought two lovely glass bottles to motivate. Now I need to get motivated!

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  2. Heh. I’m drinking herbal iced tea right now, actually. I drink a quart every morning. My recipe is: in a french press put 1TBSP of each herb (red raspberry, dandelion leaf, nettle, oat straw, peppermint, parlsey, alfalfa), top with hot water, steep for two hours, press as needed. I add honey as I go and add ice to my drinking cup. My kids like it, but I limit the amount they have (mostly because this is my source of calcium/potassium/magnesium to prevent leg cramps).

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  3. we love to brew sun tea. tea bags + water + jar+ hot, Texas sun = a small redeeming quality to the season that is inevitably settling in upon us. oh, wouldn’t be complete without lemon wedges and ice.

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  4. Just made my first batch of iced tea today, and tried a fruit herbal blend for the first time. It was the first time I’ve experimented with iced tea and I’m excited by your ideas too. And, offering it to my kids — not sure if they would like it but I always encourage trying new things!

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  5. What a wonderful combination of herbs! I wrote down πŸ™‚ I didn't have iced herbal tea until I was pregnant with my fourth…. and what a yummy way to get those nutrients into your body!

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  6. Yes! I am considering ordering some half gallon glass jars for brewing/steeping. I'd really like to find a gallon sized glass jar with the spigot on the bottom. My mom had one when I was young & I loved cold black tea. Lipton. I never even added sugar to it… Makes it easy to pour straight from the fridge too. Maybe the thrifting fairies will toss one my way πŸ˜‰

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  7. I hope you get hooked on it πŸ™‚ It's so good & good for you too. It's my favorite way to nurture myself with good herbs. So far my kids have really liked it…. I hope yours do too!

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  8. the tea looks great. where do you get the juice concentrate from? ive never used it. the peppermint sounds delish.
    remind me + I can get you a big glass jar! remember the big pretzel jar from my mom?
    my parents get the jars from a friend’s shop. they’re actually for paprika, used in their restaurant.
    once they go thru the paprika, they save the jars for my parents.
    but you gotta remind me, I can’t remember anything lately!
    xoxo –

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  9. I got the juice concentrate from Sandra's. I would love a jar!! LOVE one. I'll try to remember…. but I think my mind is just as slippery. I'm going to back to my high school days of writing notes on my hand! haha!

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