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*
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.
Add hot water to the jar.
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!
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
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. Simply add:
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
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
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!