Iced Tea

Iced Tea was always a staple beverage while I was growing up.  My southern grandmother used to make it so sweet that you could see a quarter inch of sugar settle in the bottom of the glass milk bottle she would store it in.  (Oh my!) My mom would have two plastic pitchers sitting on the kitchen counter with tea bags hanging off the edge while the tea did it’s magic in the water.   Me – you will usually find one or two flavors of iced tea in my fridge at home and often one at work.     

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You may think you don’t like tea but I’d challenge you to keep looking.  Try a green tea which comes in all different flavors and are full of antioxidants.  I drink my tea unsweetened which is quite a bit different than my grandma did.  I’d rather save the sugar in my diet for an occasional cookie 🙂  

Iced Tea
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  1. 4-5 small tea bags or 1 large tea bag
  2. Hot Filtered Water
  1. Place tea bags in 4 cup glass measuring cup or canning jar.
  2. Cover with hot filtered water
  3. Let seep to desired strength. (I usually let sit for at least 1 hour)
  4. Pour into 2 quart pitcher. Remove tea bag(s).
  5. Fill the pitcher to the top with cool filtered water.
  6. Fill a glass with ice and fill with tea.
  7. Enjoy.
  1. To sweeten - add a few drops of liquid stevia or squeeze 1/2 of an orange into tea
  2. Add fresh mint leaves or cut up strawberries to add a layer of flavor
  3. Add lemon slices.
  4. Try making a healthy Arnold Palmer. Fresh Lemon Juice, a few drops of liquid stevia and tea.
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Try filling a glass canning jar with warm water and tea bags.  Secure the lid and place out in the backyard sun for a few hours for a slightly different taste.

Iced tea is a great way to stay hydrated.  Here are a few of my favorite teas:

China Mist Passionfruit, China Mist Blackberry Jasmine, China Mist Watermelon

Republic of Tea Green Pineapple Orange, Republic of Tea Green Strawberry Basil

Do you have a favorite iced tea?