Homemade Iced Teas To Beat The Heat

Imagine taking a sip of delicious cold ice tea on a hot day. The crackling ice provides respite from the heat and the delicious ice tea flavor refreshes instantly! A famous quote says "When life gives you lemons, put them in your iced teas". But there is so much more you can add to your favorite brew to elevate flavor levels. Homemade iced teas are one of the best ways to beat the heat.

Start by brewing basic iced tea and than add herbs, fruit juices or syrups as per choice. All you need is a cold iced tea pitcher and some imagination :D. Use black or green tea as per choice.



To make basic ice tea:

Steep two tea bags (or 2 spoons of loose black/green tea) in four cups of hot water for 3-5 minutes depending on how you like your tea- strong or light. Discard the tea bags. Add simple syrup (made with equal parts or sugar and water, heated till sugar dissolves) and stir. Refrigerate till serving. Remember to add flavors only to cooled iced tea to avoid unwanted bitterness.



Here are a few flavored iced tea recipes to get you started:

Pomegranate Iced Tea
Add two cups fresh/packaged pomegranate juice to the brewed iced tea and stir. Add thin lemon slices and pour over ice cubes in a tall glass.



Watermelon Iced Tea
To the brewed iced tea, add two cups of fresh watermelon juice and mix well. Fill tall glasses with ice cubes and De-seeded watermelon chunks. Pour iced tea in the glasses and serve.

Iced tea with Indian Spices
This delicious recipe requires brewing tea with select Indian spices. In a saucepan simmer spices like cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in four cups of water. Once the water starts boiling, add two tea bags or two spoons of tea. Brew for 3-5 minutes and strain. Allow to cool. Add lemon juice and simple syrup to taste and refrigerate. Add ice cubes in tall glasses and pour the prepared tea and serve. Garnish with mint leaves.



Lemon grass and Mint Iced Tea:
In a saucepan simmer lemongrass in four cups of water. Once the water starts boiling, add two tea bags or two spoons of tea. Brew for 3-5 minutes and strain. Allow to cool. Add ice cubes in tall glasses and pour the prepared tea. Add lemon slices and fresh mint leaves and serve.

Tangy Orange Iced Tea:
Steep two tea bags or two spoons of tea and some orange peel in four cups of boiling water. Strain in a pitcher and allow to cool. Add two cups of fresh/packaged orange juice and stir. Add simple syrup to adjust sweetness. Add ice cubes in tall glasses and pour the prepared tea. Serve garnished with orange slices.

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