Red, White and Refreshing: Simple Iced Tea Recipes

It is one of summer’s simple pleasures to have a tall glass of cold iced tea in your hand and hear the sounds of the ice clinking against the glass after each long sip on a hot summer’s day. Instead of getting in your car and driving to the nearest drive-thru or gas station to make your dream a reality, save some change and get thrifty instead. At home, you can still easily attain the perfectly brewed ice tea drink of your dreams in no time.

Keurig Coffee Ice Brewer: Not Taking the Heat

It’s one of the hottest months of summer and people are parched for some iced tea that completely quenches their thirst, only to run into the kitchen to find a Keurig single-cup brewer staring back at them. The Keurig may be seen to be a machine that is only reserved for hot coffee, but the Keurig also offers another delicious alternative for the tongue that savors the cooler things in life. K-Cups make this novel feat easy with instructions easily found on top of all iced tea K-Cups or with the “Brew Over Ice” icon on the K-Cups especially crafted for frosty drinks.

The virtues of a languorous process of cold-brewed tea (steeped bag of tea mixed with cold water, and a chilling period in the fridge) or a fresh hot cup of tea poured over a cup of ice cubes both have their own individual merits. At the end of the day, it boils down to this: both methods are ultimately delicious. With the hot brew, the Keurig supplies a pre-determined amount of tea to be brewed with little kitchen-effort and immediate results.

Arizona and Iced Tea Simple How-To Recipes

Arizona iced green tea is a popular drink for the summer, but you can make a fresh batch at home. All you need is a regular tea bag size of Lipton’s decaffeinated tea, ½ cup of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of American ginseng extract, and 8 cups of water. Get your saucepan and heat the water until it simmers to a boil in the pan. Transfer the saucepan from the heat, and lay the tea bag into the water. Afterwards, let the tea steep in the water for one hour with the lid on top of the pan to cover. Get a large pitcher with honey and sugar, and pour the steeped tea into the pitcher. Keep stirring until all of the granules of sugar are dissolved. Add any remaining ingredients, and season with any extra sugar if needed. Chill the pitcher and add ice before serving.

Green tea is a favorite drink throughout the seasons. Lean and full of antioxidants, this versatile beverage can be enjoyed hot in the cool months or with ice when the weather heats up. To make a fresh brewed ice tea with the glass, first bring 4 to 5 fluid ounces to a boil – in a teakettle, on top of a stove, or using Keurig brewers hot water function. After, steep Bigelow’s green tea bag into the water for 3-5 minutes. Sweeten to taste and get another glass full of ice. Pour the steeped tea into the glass and enjoy.

While the ratios of the tea or seasonings may differ wildly from recipe to recipe, don’t sweat it. Sit back and enjoy your refreshing cup of iced tea!

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2 Comments

  1. I once read that the secret to making the best sweet black tea is adding a pinch of baking soda to it, it takes away any bitterness & cloudiness.

  2. There is nothing better than a home brewed iced tea in my opinion for a full body flavor to compliment a good meal. I hate going out to lunch or dinner and asking for an ordering fresh made unsweetened iced tea an then receiving something like a fountain version of it. You can tell the difference right away.

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