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Iced Tea Follow Up

Here are some more great ideas to jazz up cold tea brews. I hope you will enjoy them.

Mix a hearty black tea, like organic Nilgiri, China OP or a breakfast tea, with lemonade for a refreshing summer beverage. Or get really creative and use a fat busting oolong tea, we are drinking tons of it after researching the last tea spot article! Try the combination below that uses honey instead of sugar for a sweet touch. You can substitute any tea you like for the Nilgiri.

Black Nilgiri Lemonade
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 5 lemons plus wedges for garnish
1/2 cup honey
3 cups freshly brewed organic Nilgiri black tea, chilled
1 cup water, chilled
To make tea;
Bring 3 cups of filtered water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 3 heaping teaspoons of organic Nilgiri black tea leaves. Allow leaves to steep 5 minutes and use a strainer to remove leaves. Chill.
To make tea lemonade;
Combine honey and lemon juice and stir until honey has completely dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher, pour in chilled tea plus 1 cup cold water, stir well. Fill pitcher with ice, add garnish and serve.

Try this fruit juice, tea combination below to brew up a deliciously healthy white iced tea.

Peach White Iced Tea
4 cups peach nectar
1 bunch fresh mint
2 lemons
6 cups freshly brewed white tea, organic Bio Hao or organic Mountain Mist.

To make tea;
Bring 6 cups of filtered water to just under a boil. Remove the water from heat and add 8 heaping teaspoons of white tea leaves. Allow the leaves to steep 5 minutes and use a strainer to remove when done. Chill.

You can combine one or all of these, peach nectar, mint leaves and/or lemon with the chilled tea; stir and refrigerate 1 hour. Add ice to a pitcher, pour in tea and serve.

This combination can also be used with a hearty black tea like organic Nilgiri. Just substitute the 6 cups of freshly brewed white tea with 6 cups of freshly brewed black tea.

Try brewing up green tea and sweeten with the ginger simple syrup, see previous blog for recipe, for another tasty combination. Or just drink the green tea without any additions. I love the Kukicha, Japanese green tea, chilled without anything in it! Remember when brewing up tea for icing use a bit more tea leaves to strengthen the tea. It wont get lost in the ice or other flavors that way.

Stay cool and enjoy, Beth

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