I Heart Iced Tea!

by nicholmom3 on April 16, 2008

It’s another of my “addictions”. When I was pregnant, I drank so much iced tea I would get heartburn! While I try to stick to decaf at home, it is rarely possible to do that in the real world. Also, I realise that tea isn’t all that much better for you than coffee. Sure it has antioxidants and other healthy properties, and besides, it is really the junk that people put in their coffee and tea that makes it unhealthy.

I drink a lot of water every day, and I HAVE to mix it up or I’d go nuts. I usually add a splash of juice to it, or toss in a lemon, lime or a piece of fruit. I do have a few glasses of iced tea a day though. I’ve found my favorites, and I start to panick if I run low! I thought I’d share with you a couple of my favorite ways to drink Iced Tea at home.

First off, if you drink a lot of iced tea, you should really look into a brewer. I have a Mr Coffee Brand and it gets plenty of use! Basically, you have a large pitcher that you fill with ice, the machine has a space for a whole bunch of tea bags, and you pour water through the back like a regular coffee maker. It steeps through the tea bags and the ice in the pitcher cools it right down. It comes out perfectly every time!

Normally I only make one glass at a time. My alllllllltime favorite tea is Tazo Zen Green Tea, which can be found at your local Starbucks. It is light and refreshing, and has a very light spearmint flavor, which works wonderfully in an iced beverage. Zen is also the green tea that Starbucks uses for the Shaken Iced Green Tea.

If I were preparing just one glass of iced tea, this is how I do it:

Heat one coffee cup size water to boiling, just as if  you were making a hot tea. Using TWO tea bags, steep the tea for 5 mins. Meanwhile fill a TALL glass (I love using the Pom Tea glasses, I buy in the store and then save them for home) to the top with ice cubes. If you insist on having really sweet tea, I suggest looking into Blue Agave Nectar. It is the perfect sweetener! It is all natural, and very low on the glycemic index, so highly recommended for diabetics and dieters! It is very very sweet, so a little goes a long way. I usually don’t sweeten my iced tea, but I would add it to the ice now.

After the five minutes is up, pour the steeped tea over the ice. I also squeeze out the tea from the tea bags to really get all that flavor out. Typically you will have a bit of room at the top of the glass, so go ahead and add some filtered cold water, or I like to add a splash of Pomagranate juice. (I’m drinking it as we speak!) It is so good, with just a hint of tang. I love how the spearmint sorta pops up and then hangs around in the back. Sigh….it’s a love affair!

If you like your tea weaker than mine, you could take that one cup of steeped tea, and divide it (since it is essentially double brewed) and then fill the cups with cold water. You’ll get two for the price of one, but the tea will be much weaker than I prefer. Fool around with it a bit, and soon you’ll find yourself whipping up a batch of your favorite Iced Tea!
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