Here in Georgia we love our “Sweet Tea” don’t we?
Recently, I found a super quick way to make iced tea. I have always brewed my iced tea and let it steep in hot water. Once cooled, I then added more water and whatever sweetener and flavor I chose. It takes a bit of time to make a good pitcher of iced tea but, by cold brewing the tea you just drop the tea bags into the water, pop it into the fridge and let it sit overnight and in the morning you have iced tea.
I have found that I like to sweeten our tea with raw honey instead of sugar. Once the tea has brewed in the refrigerator I make a simple syrup of 1 part water/1 part honey and add it to the steeped tea. It gives this tea the perfect amount of sweetness for my taste. By adding honey, which is a natural sweetener, I am avoiding the refined white sugar that is generally in “southern sweet tea.”
This cold brewed recipe is made from Numi brand Rooibos red tea and fresh oranges; however, you may use any type or brand of tea you prefer. Obviously, some teas have more health benefits than others so choosing a black, red or green tea would provide you with a boost of nutrition. I personally love the taste of oranges with iced tea but, any fruit you enjoy would add flavor. Strawberries, raspberries, peaches, blackberries or lemon would be absolutely fabulous. Herbs such as mint or basil would be other nice additions.
I hope you will try this refreshing and healthier version of sweet tea.
|Cold Brewed Orange Iced Tea.....A Healthier Alternative|| |
- 2 quart size mason jars with lids
- 4 tea bags (Brand of your choice)
- ½ cup of fresh fruit. Orange slices, strawberries, peaches, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or lemon would work perfectly.
- 1 or 2 sprigs of fresh herbs. Basil or mint give nice flavor.
- 2 Tbsp. of raw honey (More if you prefer a sweeter tea. Adjust water accordingly)
- Approximately 2 quarts of filtered water plus 2 Tbsp. for simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part honey)
- Fill the 2 quart jars with filtered water approximately 1½ inches from the top of the jars.
- Add the fruit and/or herbs of your choice to each jar.
- Drop 2 tea bags into each mason jar, leaving the tags hanging out.
- Close the lids tightly and place into the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
- Remove the jars from the refrigerator, take the tea bags and the fruit out of the jars and discard.
- Add 2 Tbsp. of raw honey and 2 Tbsp. of filtered water to a small bowl and microwave on high for approximately 30 seconds. Stir well to melt the honey.
- Add 2 Tbsp. of the simple syrup into each quart jar. Stir well.
- Pour over ice and garnish with fresh fruit or herbs.
***This recipe was inspired by an article I found on Pinterest. Here is the link… http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/cold-brewed-teas