The very first time I tasted an iced tea was a few months ago. True story. I always thought it was weird when people ordered iced tea, because like...It's cold tea. Tea is gross. It taste like watered down leaves. No matter how much honey you add to that tea, it doesn't make it sweeter.However, the only thing that will make it sweet is straight up 6 Tablespoons of sugar...
Or so I thought.
If your new to this blog, then I must come out and warn you that I suffer from chronic sugar cravings. Not sure if this is a real disorder, but I think about eating chocolate cake after every meal. With that being said, I try and drink my weight in water to control those cravings. Does it work?
But an ice cold glass of water would really help that piece of chocolate cake go down a little easier.
So you see, I've been a huge supporter of drinking water. In the past few months though, I've become bored with it. I honestly blame our ice machine, because it has this disability where it can't make crushed ice. The machine says it's on crushed ice mode, but clearly it's confused. It's really put a damper on my water drinking habits.
And now that summer has finally approached Las Vegas, I can see myself getting pretty thirsty every 5 minutes.
(I promise this story is going somewhere.)
That's when I was introduced to iced tea. I admit that this sounds weird because I'm basically saying, "OMG guys! There's this new drink out! Have you heard of ICED TEA?!" I promise I'll try and keep up more...
I loved how it was cold, refreshing, and had a hint of flavor and sweetness.
Now, the best thing about this recipe is that it's pretty versatile. You can try different herbal teas, different fruits, add citrus, ginger, cucumber, etc. You can leave it in the fridge to have on hand, or it works great for holiday BBQ's and having friends over! I usually let the add ins sit in the tea overnight, and the next day I take them out.
Dare I say I'm about to start a new trend called "Iced Tea?" Think about it my friends...It could get popular.
Strawberry Mint Iced Green Tea
- 5 Green Tea Bags-Mine had a hint of orange in it
- 1/4 c. raw honey- or another preferred sweetener
- handful of mint leaves, ripped into medium pieces
- Fill a small pot with water. Add in the honey. (If using another sweetener like stevia, just add that in at the end.)
- Bring the pot to a boil over the stove.
- Remove from heat, add the tea bags, and cover. Let the tea sit for at least 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and add the tea to a pitcher. Add cold water to the pitcher. Fill up 3/4 of the way full.
- Add in diced strawberries and ripped mint leaves. Stir until combined. The amount of water, strawberries, and mint will depend on the size of your pitcher.
- Put the pitcher in the fridge and let it set for at least an hour so the flavors come together. Serve over a lot of crushed ice. Others can sweeten the tea more if desired.
You heard it here first folks! Next week I'll be talking all about this new foodie find called...Kale. I swear, it's the next big thing!