Fresh Brewed Iced Tea EverydayPosted: October 13, 2011
It may seem strange that I’m blogging about the wonders of iced tea in the fall, but the truth is, I drink it almost daily, no matter what the weather. If you like tea, iced tea can serve as a refreshing alternative to sugary drinks, like soda and bottled iced teas. I do drink soda and bottled teas occasionally as well, but it would not be healthy to drink these on a daily basis as the calories add up quickly.
Thankfully, for those of us who are addicted to this treasured elixir, tea is a healthy drink. According to www.LiptonTea.com, all teas (except herbal varieties) contain flavonoids that help to maintain a healthy body and heart. In addition to tea, flavonoids are found in cocoa, wine, and fruits and vegetables. Although tea is not a substitute for fruits and veggies, it’s nice to know that it contributes to your good health and hydration. Whether caffeinated or not, drinking tea counts toward the overall hydration guidelines of approximately 8-9 cups of fluid per day for adults.
Brewing your own iced tea allows you to get creative with flavors and control the amount of sugar you use, if any. For me, Lipton tea is always a base and I add other teas for variety. I usually use caffeinated teas, but another advantage of making it yourself is the option to make decaf, herbal, or “half-caf” tea. Try the recipe below and please comment if you have any flavor ideas.
Blackberry Sage Iced Tea
5 Lipton tea bags
2 Republic of Tea Blackberry Sage tea “rounds”
2 quarts of cold tap water (use bottled water if you think your tap water will alter the taste of the tea)
1. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pan.
2. Once boiling, turn off the burner and move the pan to a cool burner.
3. Drop-in the tea bags and make sure they are immersed in the water by pushing them down with a slotted spoon.
4. Set a timer for 3-4 min., depending on taste, and remove the tea bags when the timer goes off.
5. Allow tea to cool to room temperature before pouring in a container and refrigerating.
6. Once chilled, pour into a glass with ice and add a little sugar or artificial sweetener, if desired. Enjoy!
***Recipe courtesy of www.noursihednation.wordpress.com***
For more information on The Republic of Tea, check-out their website at: www.RepublicofTea.com