Summer Tea Recipes

ice teaSummer is the perfect time to mix up a batch of iced tea and spend the afternoon outside with a good book. Are you tired of your same old boring iced tea recipe? Try one of these wonderful alternatives.

Power-Packed Iced Tea

This recipe comes from AZ Foothills and incorporates chia seeds, which many people claim is a superfood. Healthier than regular sweet tea or not, this recipe is certainly delicious!

  • 1/2 t. black chia seeds
  • 1 cup boiling water plus 2 t. room temp water
  • 1 bag of your favorite black tea
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon wedge
  1. In a small bowl, add chia seeds to 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  2. Bring remaining water to a boil and brew tea for 5 minutes. Add soaked chia seeds.
  3. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  4. Slowly pour brewed tea over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Old-Fashioned Southern Sweet Tea

Traditional recipes stand the test of time because people love the way they taste. This iced sweet tea recipe from adds a pinch of baking soda to smooth out the acidity. The result is a smoother than smooth beverage, perfect for sipping on the hottest of summer days.

  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1⁄8 t. baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water plus 6 cups cold water
  • 1 1⁄2 cup sugar
  1. Boil 2 cups of water. Add baking soda to the water and stir until completely dissolved.
  2. Brew tea in a large heat-proof container for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and discard.
  4. Add sugar to the hot tea and stir to dissolve.
  5. Add cold water to hot tea and stir together.
  6. Cool on your countertop until room temperature.
  7. Place in refrigerator to completely cool.
  8. Serve over fresh ice in a tall glass.

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