For a person like me, who drinks neither tea nor coffee, ice tea is a safe bet to fall to. Be it summer or winter, a well-made cup of ice tea never fails to refresh me. But variety is the spice of life. One might get bored of drinking the same ice tea flavour. Hence, here is a compilation of 11 refreshing ice tea drinks that you can try.
#11 Mint Iced Green Tea
Mint is known for it’s cooling effect while green tea is beneficial to health. A combination of these two leads to a cooling and healthy drink.
Recipe: Take some fresh mint leaves, crush them and add them to a glass. Add teabag to the glass and pour hot water over it. Refrigerate the glass for 4-6 hours. While serving, remove the tea bag and add some ice cubes. If required, sweeten with honey.
#2 Strawberry Ice Tea
Strawberries are not only high in Vitamin C, but also are rich with antioxidants. If you are someone who enjoys to bite into juicy strawberries, this recipe is just for you.
Recipe: Take strawberries, sugar and water and boil them in a saucepan. Till the time it boils, take a few tea bags in a jug, add hot water to it and keep it aside. Once the strawberry mixture boils, lower the heat and simmer the mixture till it gets the consistency of a syrup. Take it off the gas and cool for a while. Pour the mixture into the jug through a sieve to filter out the solid components. Mix the drink properly and refrigerate it. Serve with ice cubes and/or sliced strawberries.
P.S. The solid components filtered by the sieve can be used to make ice pops or smoothies.
#3 Peach Ice Tea
Peaches offer a rich treasure of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibers. They are also low in calories and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.
Recipe: Cut ripe peaches into small pieces. Pour water into a pitcher and add teabags to it. after 10-15 minutes, discard the tea bags and add the peach pieces to the jug. Refrigerate the drink.
P.S. If fresh peach is not available, peach syrup can also be used.
#4 Chai Ice Tea
A properly brewed cup of chai never fails to rejuvenate. Mixing the stirring flavours of chai with a cool drink result in a drink like no other.
Recipe: In a jug, take lukewarm water, add teabags of a strong tea (eg: Darjeeling) to it and keep it aside. In a saucepan, boil water, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Reduce heat and simmer the mixture till the spices infuse (approx 5 mins). Pour this mixture in the jug and cool down to room temperature. Refrigerate the drink and sieve it before serving.
#5 Watermelon and Basil Ice Tea
Watermelons are more than 90% water, but the seasonal fruit is soaked with nutrients. Adding watermelon to ice tea gives the drink a seasonal and healthy twist.
Recipe: Cut watermelon in small pieces. Take lukewarm water in a jug and add teabags to it. Once the water cools down, discard the tea bags and add the pieces of watermelon and a few crushed leaves of basil to it. Refrigerate the drink and serve with ice cubes.
#6 Minty Citrus Ice Tea
Vitamin C is known to help body cope up with heat and mint is known for its cooling effect. Adding this combination to ice tea will result in a tasty and cooling drink.
Recipe: In a pot full of water, add tea bags and keep it on stove. Add lemon slices, orange slices, lime slices and crushed mint leaves to the water. Cover the pot and let the water boil for about 10 mins. Strain into a jug and set aside to cool.
#7 Jolly Rancher Ice Tea
If you thought candies were just for kids, think again. Give ice tea a quirky twist by adding Jolly Ranchers to it.
Recipe: Take a pot and keep water for boiling. Add teabags and your favourite-flavour of Jolly Rancher. Let the water boil before taking the pot off the stove. Cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
#8 Blackberry Ice Tea
Blacker the berry, the sweeter the fruit. Blackberry is a good source of Vitamin C and is known to lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Recipe: Brew tea in boiling water and add crushed mint leaves to it. Strain the mixture and keep it aside. Make a puree of blueberries in a mixer or blender. Pour the puree through a fine sieve and discard the leftovers left on the sieve. Add the strained puree to the tea and stir. Serve with crushed mint leaves and/or blackberries.
#9 Fruity Ice Tea
This recipe of ice tea may end being an all time favourite because you can customize it by using only the fruits you like.
Recipe: Take a pitcher full of boiling water and add tea bags, crushed mint leaves, grated ginger and lemon slice to it. Cover it with a lid and set aside to cool. Strain the flavoured tea-water into a jug/bottle and keep it inside the refrigerator. Whenever you want to serve the drink, place several small pieces of fresh fruits (strawberries, mangoes, peaches etc) in a glass and pour the flavoured tea-water over it. Serve with ice cubes.
P.S. You can substitute the mint leaves with basil leaves.
#10 Honey and Ginger Ice Tea
Usage of ginger is relieve digestive problems is not unknown just like the many medicinal properties of honey.
Recipe: Add teabags to a pitcher of boiling water. Cover the pitcher and let the water cool down. After 10 minutes, discard the tea bags and add honey and freshly grated ginger to the water. Stir properly and serve with ice.
#11 Spiced Ice Tea
If you are someone who is tired of sweet ice teas and want some spice in life, this spiced ice tea recipe is perfect for you.
Recipe: Take boiling water in a pitcher and add teabags (preferably herbal tea or green tea), cinnamon sticks, cloves and lemon zest to it. Cover it with a lid and set aside for cooling. Serve over ice cubes and lemon slices.
Things to keep in mind:
- Discard the teabags before serving the ice tea.
- Serve with ice cubes.
- Before keeping the tea in the refrigerator for cooling, make sure that the tea is not hot/ is of room temperature.
- The fruit-based ice teas will have the natural sweetness of the fruits. If needed, add sugar after serving according to personal preference.