Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious and refreshing glass of iced tea. But if you've ever checked the nutrition facts of those popular supermarket brands, you know that they're often loaded with sugar, preservatives, and unhealthy additives.
If you're looking for healthy options, why not make your own iced tea at home? Luckily, it's easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. In this blog post, we will discuss the 3 ways to brew iced tea at home and share 4 of our favorite healthy iced tea recipes.
Whether you prefer an earthy iced green tea or something on the fruitier side, we have something for everyone! So relax, and enjoy a cold glass of healthy iced tea this summer.
How to brew iced tea at home
There are three main methods for brewing iced tea: hot brew, ice chill, and cold brew.
Hot Brew: This is the most common method for making iced tea. To hot brew, simply make a pot of tea using your favorite loose leaf tea or tea bags. Once brewed, allow it to cool for up to 2 hours and enjoy it over ice.
Ice Chill: This method is ideal for those who are looking for the quickest way to enjoy their iced tea. However, you're going to need a lot of ice. Brew your hot tea as you usually would then pour it into a large bowl or pitcher filled to the top with ice. Stir until the tea is chilled, and then drink immediately. Note: this may dilute the tea slightly so you can brew your tea a little stronger.
Cold Brew: This method may take the longest, but it produces the absolute best-iced tea that is free of any bitterness or cloudiness. Just like cold brew coffee, cold brew tea uses time instead of heat to extract all the flavors from your tea leaves.
To cold brew, add loose leaf tea or tea bags to a large pitcher or jar and then fill it with cold water. Allow your tea to steep for at least 6 hours, preferably 12 hours if you've got the time. Stir occasionally and then strain out the tea leaves once complete. Serve over ice, and enjoy!
- Use filtered water to make the tastiest tea.
- Brew your iced tea stronger than you would typically drink it to avoid dilution from the ice.
- If you need to add sweetness, liquid sugar will incorporate best. Combine equal parts water and sugar and stir until the water dissolves, creating a simple syrup. We recommend liquid Stevia for a healthier alternative.
- Your home-brewed iced tea will last in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Our favorite healthy iced tea recipes
Now that you know how to brew iced tea at home, it's time to try some of our favorite healthy recipes!
Iced Green Tea with Mint:
This iced green tea is perfect for those looking for a refreshing and healthy drink. The addition of mint gives it a light, refreshing flavor perfect for summer.
Each recipe below will follow the ice chill or hot brew method for the sake of timing, but you can cold brew these recipes using the same measurements.
- Mint leaves
- 4 green tea bags
- 1 lemon
- Honey or your preferred sweetener (optional)
- Boil 4 cups of filtered water in a saucepan, then remove from the heat. Add 2 sprigs of mint along with 4 green tea bags and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
- Discard the tea bags and mint. Add in 2 tbsp of honey and stir until dissolved. Add more to taste.
- Pour your green tea mixture into a large pitcher with 2 cups of cold water, 2 cups of ice, and additional sprigs of mint.
- Once cooled, serve your iced green tea with a mint sprig and a lemon slice and enjoy.
Lychee Thai Iced Tea
This lychee Thai iced tea recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a unique and flavorful iced tea. The lychees add a lovely sweetness, while the black tea provides a rich, earthy flavor.
- 6 bags of Thai black tea (black tea will also work)
- 1 can of lychees in syrup
- 1 lemon
- Strain your lychees to separate the fruit from the syrup. Freeze your lychees and chill your syrup in the refrigerator. *You can either use the syrup as your primary sweetener or use a sugar-free lychee syrup instead.
- Steep your 6 tea bags in a pot of boiling water until the liquid becomes a deep orange.
- Pour into a pitcher to chill in the refrigerator.
- Once chilled, add your frozen lychee and ice cubes to the pitcher of tea. Add lychee syrup to taste until it reaches your desired sweetness.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon, serve over ice, and enjoy your very own lychee Thai iced tea.
Iced Matcha Lemonade
This healthy iced matcha lemonade is perfect for a hot summer day. The combination of matcha and lemon is light, refreshing, and oh so delicious.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup of cold water
- Liquid sweetener of choice (equivalent to 1 tbsp of simple syrup)
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- Make your lemonade. In a shaker, combine a 1/2 cup of water, the juice of your lemon, and 1 tbsp of your sweetener. Give it about 10-15 shakes until combined.
- Pour your lemonade into a glass.
- Rinse your shaker. Add a 1/2 cup of water into your shaker with a teaspoon of matcha powder. Shake until combined, about 10-15 shakes.
- Pour your matcha over your lemonade with your desired amount of ice. Stir, sip, and enjoy!
Fruity Hibiscus Iced Tea
This fruity iced hibiscus tea is perfect for those who are looking for a healthy and delicious summer drink full of antioxidants. Hibiscus tea is known for its various health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and reducing blood sugar levels. This tea has a beautiful red color, and the tart flavor is balanced by the sweetness of the added fruits.
- 4 bags of hibiscus tea
- 1 quart of water
- Sweetener of your choice
- 1 sliced orange
- 1 sliced lime
- 1 sliced lemon
- 1 cup of sliced strawberries
- Several sprigs of fresh mint
- Allow your hibiscus tea bags to steep in the quart of boiled water until it reaches a deep red color.
- Pour into a heat-proof pitcher and add all of your sliced fruit.
- Once the mixture reaches room temperature, add your mint.
- Chill your tea mixture in the refrigerator.
- Once chilled, sweeten to taste. Try a sugar-free mint sweetener if you prefer a more intense mint flavor.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Bonus: Have a Halfday tea tonic!
Homemade healthy iced teas are fantastic, but sometimes you really just want the convenience of a canned iced tea. That's where Halfday comes in. Our healthy iced teas are made with real organic ingredients and are sweetened with stevia, so they taste great without all the sugar.
There you have it, 5 healthy iced tea options perfect for summer. Whether you're looking for a refreshing iced green tea, a unique Thai iced tea, or an antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea, there's something here for everyone. And don't forget about Halfday teas--our healthy canned iced teas are perfect for when you're on the go.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a healthy iced tea and enjoy the summer!