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4 Refreshing, flavored iced tea recipes for National Iced Tea Day

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Put it on ice!

On a scorching hot day nothing beats a tall glass of iced tea. Perfect for the summer season give one of these recipes a try. While you're at it, raise a glass for National Iced Tea Day on June 10!
Green iced tea with mint and ginger

Grab for a glass of iced tea with gusto since there are amazing health benefits associated with tea, from helping to increase your metabolism to its potential to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Tip: If you're using sugar to add some sweetness, use the super-fine or extra-fine variety since it dissolves quickly. Honey and agave nectar also work well as sweeteners, if you like.

Whether you like your tea sweetened or with a subtle hint of a fruit flavor, you're bound to find one of these recipes refreshing.

Iced green tea with ginger

This recipe mixes ginger with green tea for great taste. Along with tasting terrific, green tea includes a lot of antioxidants and compounds to help maintain good health (studies reveal a number of disease-fighting properties of green tea). Drink up, right?

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 ounces fresh ginger, sliced (unpeeled)
  • Lemon wedges (optional) for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add the water and ginger to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the bags to steep for about 15 minutes.
  3. Carefully remove (strain) the tea bags and ginger. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the honey and stir.
  4. Refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Serve over iced cubes with lemon wedges as garnish.

Sun tea with mint

Let the sunshine in! What a great way to make good use of the season's sun without adding any wrinkles! Sun tea is super-simple to make if you have a little time.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 6 tea bags in your choice of fruit flavor
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus a few extra for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add the tea bags to a large jar.
  2. Lightly twist the mint to bruise it (so it will release its oils/flavor) and add it to the jar.
  3. Add the water to the jar and top it with a lid.
  4. Place the jar in the sunlight for about six hours.
  5. When brewed, remove the tea bags and mint and chill the tea in the refrigerator.
  6. Serve in individual glasses with ice, and garnish each glass with mint sprigs.

Red raspberry iced tea

The pretty color of this tea looks great in a glass, but the taste is what's best! Seasonal ripe raspberries make this iced tea perfect for a summer picnic or party. Use frozen raspberries as your garnish!

Red raspberry iced tea

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 tea bags
  • 4 cups fresh raspberries
  • 8 cups water, divided, plus about 1/4 cup
  • 2/3 cup sugar (optional)
  • Frozen raspberries for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add four cups of water to a large saucepan and bring it to a boil over high heat.
  2. If you're using sugar, add it and stir to dissolve.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the bags to steep for about seven minutes, remove the tea bags and add the remaining water to the pan.
  4. Use another saucepan and add the fresh raspberries and one-quarter cup water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce to a simmer for about three minutes, then remove from the heat and strain the raspberries, pressing down with the back of a wooden spoon to help release all the liquid. Reserve the juice from the berries (discard the pulp).
  6. Add the raspberry juice to the tea, pour in a pitcher and refrigerate until chilled.
  7. When ready to serve, pour into glasses with ice, and garnish with the frozen raspberries.

Hibiscus and peach iced tea

Use hibiscus-flavored tea bags for this refreshing drink. Make sure you have additional peaches on hand to use as garnish for this pretty drink.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 8 hibiscus-flavored tea bags
  • 7 cups cold water, plus 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups sliced peaches, plus extra slices for garnish
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Add the warm water (one cup) and the sugar to a saucepan. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Bring the seven cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan, add the tea bags and allow to steep for about five minutes. Remove the tea bags.
  3. Combine the sugar water with the tea.
  4. Add the two cups of peach slices to a large pitcher. Pour in the tea and refrigerate.
  5. Add ice cubes to glasses and fill with the tea. Garnish with the sliced peaches.

Summertime is time for iced tea. These options are easy, refreshing and tasty!

More summer drink recipes to try

Lower-calorie cocktails
4 Ways to put a twist in your lemonade
Sangria recipes

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