Celebrate National Iced Tea Day

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 7.50.33 PM
Pen Waggener/Creative Commons

National Iced Tea Day on June 10 is yet another holiday in a slew of nonsense celebrations throughout the summer months. We haven’t a clue who makes up these holidays, nor can we find a reason why they are of any real importance, but who cares? Iced tea is our drink of choice for summer to combat those sweat-inducing temperatures, and this holiday offers a reason to make a big pitcher of the stuff. That should be good-enough reason for anyone to spend a couple of extra minutes to brew some tea. We’ve collected a few recipes for you to try out in order to celebrate.

 

All recipes serve one.

 

Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

Ingredients:

– 1 ½ cups water

– ½ cup blueberries

– Juice of half a lemon

– 2 bags of black tea

– 2 teaspoons sugar

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat blueberries and lemon juice together until boiling.
  2. Strain mixture and set liquid aside for later.
  3. Heat water until boiling. Take off heat.
  4. Add tea bags and allow to steep for one hour at room temperature.
  5. Mix together tea and blueberry-lemon juice in a glass.
  6. Add ice and a few fresh blueberries.

 

Iced Mint Green Tea with Ginger

Ingredients:

– 1 ½ cup of water

– 2 bags of Moroccan mint green tea

– A couple of leaves of mint

– 1 teaspoon agave nectar

– A slice of lemon

– A couple of slices of fresh ginger

 

Instructions:

  1. Boil water with ginger. Take water off heat and place tea bags and mint in water.
  2. Allow it to steep for one hour at room temperature.
  3. Strain out tea bags and mint.
  4. Squeeze in lemon juice and mix in agave nectar.

 

Thai Iced Tea

Ingredients:

– 1 ½ cups of water

– 2 bags of black Ceylon tea

– 1 star anise pod

– 2 teaspoons sugar

– 1 tablespoon full-fat coconut milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Once water is boiling, place tea bags and anise pod in water. Allow to steep over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Take tea off heat, strain out tea bags and anise, stir in sugar and allow to cool down at room temperature.
  4. Fill glass with ice cubes, pour in tea and mix in coconut milk.

 

Image Sources: Penn Waggener via Creative Commons

 

Contact Nora Harhen at [email protected].