3 Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Beat the Heat

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By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer

I grew up drinking sweet iced tea made from your standard black tea. And when the sweet tea pitcher ran out, someone was sure to throw a fit.

Sweet tea was a part of life, and it wasn’t until I went to college that I discovered not everyone drank tea the way I was raised to drink it. Some people had the audacity to drink their tea unsweetened, and even still, others drank their tea hot with honey and lemon. *gasp*

When I made the switch to a more natural lifestyle, I discovered the amazing world of herbs.

Herbs are incredibly versatile. They can be added to just about any recipe, made into an herbal tincture, snipped off the vine and eaten raw, or enjoyed in teas. Plus, herbs are easy to grow right in your backyard!

Today, I want to share some of my favorite herbal iced tea recipes. (I keep a pitcher of herbal iced tea in our refrigerator all summer long!)

How To Make Herbal Iced Tea

There are various ways to make herbal iced tea, but here is how I make mine:

Bring half a gallon (or 8 cups) of water to a near boil.

How to Make Herbal Iced Tea {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Rinse fresh herbs, and add them along with the tea leaves to a half gallon mason jar. Rinsing herbs from our herb garden is one of my toddler’s favorite kitchen tasks.

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Add hot water to the jar.

How to Make Herbal Iced Tea {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Cover loosely with jar lid and let it sit on the counter until completely cool.

Once the mixture is cool, strain off herbs while pouring the liquid into your storage jar.

At this point, you can add any sweeteners you want, but I’ve found I like my herbal tea just the way it is!

Then, I add cold water until I have a gallon of herbal tea.

Pop it in the refrigerator to continue to cool, or pour over ice and serve!

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So simple. So refreshing. So nourishing.

Try one of these herbal teas to help beat the heat this summer while loading up on incredible nutrients your body needs.

3 Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Beat the Heat

Lemon Pineapple Refresher Tea: How to Make Herbal Iced Tea {KeeperoftheHome.org}

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Lemon Pineapple Refresher Tea
 
This herbal iced tea is incredibly mild and very tasty, which makes it great for children! You can easily eliminate the black tea, if you prefer to not let your child have any caffeine.
Recipe type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • 3 parts lemon balm: Lemon balm is hands down my favorite herb. It's easy to grow yourself, and it's full of nutritional benefits.
  • 1 part pineapple sage: Pineapple sage brings a tropical touch to this tea mix.
  • 2 tablespoons black tea: Black tea adds a little more flavor and zing.
  • 1 whole lemon, sliced (optional): If you have a lemon on hand, adding it will make this an alkalizing power drink!

Cooling Peppermint Tea: How to Make Herbal Iced Tea {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Cooling Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea soothes the digestive track and cools the body naturally. Peppermint tea is a great alternative to coffee, and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

My oldest has been drinking iced peppermint tea with milk and honey since he was just under two years old! This cooling peppermint tea is a hit with kids.

I typically fill 1/3 of a half gallon jar with fresh peppermint leaves. If using dried peppermint, you’ll cut the amount in half.

One of my favorite variations on this herbal tea is to substitute chocolate mint for peppermint for a sweet treat!

Surprising Lemon-Lime Ginger Tea: How to Make Herbal Iced Tea {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Surprising Lemon-Lime Ginger Tea

This is an overwhelmingly refreshing tea. Add:

3 parts lemon balm: Lemon balm can be paired with so many other herbs. I have a plethora of lemon balm in my garden, so I use it often.

Thumb length slice of ginger root: Ginger root gives this tea a spicy zing with the added benefit of aiding digestion and lowering inflammation in the body.

4 tea bags of green tea: Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, and a great addition to any herbal tea.

1 whole lime, sliced (optional, but highly recommended): The lime really gives this tea a nice, refreshing kick. Plus, limes are a rich source of vitamin C.

1 part cilantro: The surprise ingredient in this herbal tea is cilantro. I don’t typically think to add cilantro to anything except a Mexican dish or salsa. But because of cilantro’s ability to help transport toxins out of the body, I thought I’d try adding it into a tea, and it worked!

What about you? Do you have any favorite herbal iced tea recipes? Share in the comments!

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About Leigh Ann Dutton

Leigh Ann’s life goal is to create a home where it is impossible to not think about God. At Intentional By Grace, she blogs about her journey of intentional living in order to make this goal a reality. She is the wife to the man of her prayers, Mark, and mama to two loveable little boys, Samuel and Timothy. She takes joy in spending her days creating memorable moments with her husband, conducting kitchen experiments, researching every natural alternative known to man, and making her little boy laugh. She does it all by the grace of God.

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Comments

  1. Jill Gabbert says:

    I’m sorry…did I miss the full recipe for the Cooling Peppermint Tea? I just saw how peppermint to use? What is the rest of the recipe? Thanks so much!

  2. Being Southern, I, too, grew up on sweet tea and cannot leave it. However, I still use not only black tea but spearmint tea and sweeten it with honey. That way it is still sweet but more natural without white sugar. Just cannot leave that sweet tea.

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