Saturday, September 18, 2010

Homeade Iced Tea

Am I the only one on the planet that doesn't know how EASY it is to make your own iced tea??? I have a bad habit of stopping by Starbucks for their unsweetened passionfruit iced tea but it's expensive. Plus I have the added guilt of throwing away a big plastic cup I didn't need everytime I do it. So, I search around the internet for ways to make my own iced tea. Ummm...yeah...SUPER easy!!!

All you need is to is use 2 teabags for every 1 cup of water. That's the same as hot tea, except double strength. So for a big batch use:

5 cups water
10 bags of tea

I used a combination of green tea and mint tea. Oh, and I love Trader Joe's!

Put the tea bags in 5 cups of boiling water. Simmer the water for 1 minute, then turn off the heat. Let the tea bags steep for about 20 minutes. Take the tea bags out. Pour over lots of ice, add some freshly squeezed lemon, sweeten with your favorite sweetner (optional step, I like mine unsweetened), and enjoy!

Just so very easy!!! Now I need to find that passionfruit tea that Starbucks makes in bag form and make my own. I know summer is winding down, but I still love a big icy glass of iced tea during the day. With lots of ice. And a squeeze of lemon. Yum!!

Hope you are having a great Saturday!! Thanks for stopping by...


Mona Pendleton said...

I LOVE drinking green tea! TAZO is my fave - nice & smooth - not bitter :) Hope you have a great weekend Mara!

Rebecca Keppel said...

Do you want to know an even easier way?

Lipton makes cold brew tea bags now. Flavors too. You get a pitcher of cold water and put two bags in for about 5 minutes--that's it! Love it :)

Leah said...

I love making my own ice tea too:) I love using the celestial seasons tea in their various fruit flavors, I don't like them hot but love them cold. I like to add a bit of honey while it's still hot just to give it a hint of sweetness. Hope you are having a great weekend:)

Monique said...

Yum... Looks very refreshing with all those ice cubs and a slice of lemon... I confess I use the powder iced tea... Sugar Sugar Sugar lol...

Joni M said...

When I started the post, I thought this was going to be sun tea. This is even better... no need for the sun! LOL! The sun has been hiding here until after noon at our house the last couple of days!
Thanks for sharing your tea with us! I'll take mine with a squeeze of lime!

Kristii said...

How refreshing!!! I definitely need to make more tea!!! AWesome job on the walk tooo!! nearly 40 miles? Wow!!!!! What a great cause!!!! You're my hero!!!

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

I love making iced tea! My aunt actually bought me one of those iced tea makers where you pour in water and fill up a container with ice and then just flip a switch! So easy!

Starbucks uses the Tazo brand. I love the Tazo black tea. In fact, I'm known to stop there for a venti iced tea and a blueberry oat bar on more occasions than I'd like to admit.

Happy tea making!

BethieJ said...

My mom ALWAYS makes sun tea! YUM!
Ok I found this for ya... (do they add lemonade to it?- that is what all the directions said! I was curious I had to google it! HA HA!)

NOW I want to try one! I may do that tomorrow!
Hope your weekend was FABULOUS!