There are some things that just belong together: peanut butter and chocolate, Kim and Kanye, and most importantly summertime and iced tea. Here in Louisiana and the rest of the Southern states we like our tea with one primary ingredient–sugar–and a lot of it. Sweet tea is a staple to Southerners, you can go to just about any restaurant from Texas to Florida and find it on the menu. Whether you like your tea simple and sweet, or fruity and effervescent, I am certain you will love one of my iced tea recipe top picks!
This recipe gives your tea an added twist of a fruity flavor different from the norm.
2 Packs Kool-Aid
4 scoops of powdered iced tea mix
1 ½ cups of sugar
3 quarts of water
Directions: Pour all ingredients in a four quart pitcher. Mix, then pour over ice and enjoy!
I made this drink for a work function. The recipe was given to me by my coworker and it was a big hit with the entire team. This drink is a little bit more complex, and not quite your average tea but it is super yummy! You will need a very big punch bowl to pour your ingredients in. You will also need the following ingredients:
1 can of powdered raspberry tea mix
1 2 liter bottle of Sprite
1 2 liter bottle of 7UP
1 2 liter bottle of Ginger ale
1 16oz can of pineapple juice
Directions: Pour all liquid ingredients in the bowl first and mix. Then gradually add your powdered iced tea mix and stir slowly to avoid a lot of frothing at the top. Add ice, stir, and enjoy!
Strawberry Mango Iced Green Tea
I love green tea for both the taste and the health benefits. Browsing Pinterest for green tea recipes, I came across this recipe for flavored green iced tea. This quickly became my go-to green tea recipe. You can view it on Pinterest here.
For the strawberry mango syrup:
1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup diced mango
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
For the iced tea:
2 quarts water
6 bags of green tea (or regular black tea if desired)
2 cup strawberry mango syrup (or to taste)
Directions: In a medium saucepan, stir together the water and sugar and heat over medium high heat. Add in the strawberries and mango. Bring the mixture to a light boil and let simmer for about 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash the fruit down as much as possible. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Discard the solids and let cool completely.
In another pan, bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the tea bags. Let steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the bags and pour the tea into a pitcher. Stir in the cooled syrup. You can stir in additional sliced strawberries for garnish if desired. Pour over ice or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Being a Southern girl, there is nothing like the taste of traditional sweet tea. I found an awesome recipe on a blog called no. 2 pencil. I tried the recipe and loved it. I hope you do as well.
10 regular sized Lipton tea bags
4 Cups of water
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add tea bags.
Let tea steep for about 10 minutes.
Remove tea bags and add sugar to hot water.
Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
Add baking soda and stir again.
Pour tea and sugar mixture into large pitcher.
Add 12 cups of ice water and stir until cooled.
Serve over ice.
Makes one gallon of sweet tea.
This summer whether you are barbecuing, or just relaxing on your porch, I hope you do yourself a favor and enjoy at least one of these refreshing iced tea recipes!