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5 Twists To Your Trusted Ice Tea

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - May 23, 2020 3 min read

The Month of May is officially upon us, and along come the pleasant prospects of scorching heat, stifling humidity, and countless droplets of sticky sweat sliding down our backs perpetually. Air conditioners and fans do help matters to a certain extent, but when it comes to feeling cool from the inside, nothing works like a tall, cold glass of some chilled refreshing beverage. Now, there's a soda can that you can reach for, or perhaps, some healthy juice. But winning against other summer refreshers by a large margin, iced tea would take the most popular choice award. 

 

The classic concoction of black tea, sugar and ice is comforting, to say the least. But for the foodie with a wandering eye, one fine recipe just doesn't make the cut. We need variety, we need to spice things up, literally. Which is why, we are here with 5 unique twists that you can spruce up your trusted iced tea with! 

 

 

1. Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

If you're a fan of fruity iced teas, adding berries to your drink will take it from basic to exotic in a matter of minutes. Blackberries are highly recommended for adding that tinge of tang to your classic iced tea, but strawberries or raspberries can work equally well. Mint leaves further amp up the refreshing factor in this garden summer drink, along with bringing an assortment of health benefits to your glass. 

 

Ingredients 

  • Tea Bags
  • Fresh Mint Leaves 
  • Fresh Semi-Ripe Blackberries 
  • Sugar (To Taste) 

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Image Courtesy - Joy Love Food 

 

2. Ginger And Honey Iced Tea 

Adding a classic twist to a classic, is like adding a delicious cherry to the sweetest cake. Fresh ginger, along with a few drops of honey can significantly boost the health qualities of your summer drink, making it anti-oxidant rich and immunity-boosting, in addition to being refreshing and calming for both the mind and body! 

 

Ingredients 

  • Tea Bags
  • Freshly Grated Ginger 
  • Honey 

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Image Courtesy - Luzianne

 

3. Watermelon And Basil Iced Tea

Juicy chunks of watermelon are the epitome of the summer season at its peak, so naturally, adding some to your trusted iced tea will only take the stellar recipe a couple of notches higher on taste and comfort. Also if I started listing the health advantages of basil leave, this blog would go on awhile. So a melange of these two ingredients added to a classic cold tea glass, makes for a simple yet wonderfully heat-resistant drink. 

 

Ingredients

  • Tea Bags 
  • Cut Watermelon 
  • Fresh Basil Leaves 
  • Sugar (To Taste) 

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Image Courtesy - Real Simple

 

 

4. Orange Iced Tea

Infusing a few ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice to your foundation iced tea recipe, adds a sweet citrusy flavour that will have you smacking your lips. The wonderful orange flavour also amplifies the soothing factor in your iced tea, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon spent lounging and sipping. 

 

Ingredients

  • Tea Bags
  • Orange Juice
  • Sugar (To Taste) 
  • Fresh Mint (To Garnish, Optional) 

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Image Courtesy - Simply Sated

 

5. Green Iced Tea With Honey & Lime

While the rest of the mentions have been healthy in their own right, this one is for the extra diet-conscious. If black tea caffeine content and ample spoonfuls of sugar don't suit your fitness regimen, opt for a green tea spin on your classic iced tea recipe. Green tea whether consumed hot or cool, boasts of a host of nutrients and health benefits, and swapping sugar with honey takes care of your diet concerns.

 

Ingredients

  • Green Tea Bags 
  • Honey 
  • Lime Juice
  • Fresh Basil (To Garnish, Optional)  

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Image Courtesy - Jessica Gavin

 


Soul-soothing and summer-sweet. Drink up! 

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