Step Up Your Summer Sipping with Fruit-Infused Iced Teas

There are few things as refreshing as a cold glass of iced tea on a hot day. This classic beverage is synonymous with the best parts of summer—barbeques, relaxing by the pool, catching up with friends and neighbors. While it’s great to stick to the classic, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month has us inspired to add a delicious (and nutritious!) punch to basic iced tea with fruit infusions. Reinventing this summer staple with one of the healthy recipes below is simpler than you think. Swap the sugar for the natural sweetness of the season’s best produce, and drink up!

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Ingredients

  • 2 black tea bags
  • 3 cups coconut water, heated
  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced/1 small mango, diced/1 cup of pineapple, diced
  • Raw honey (optional)

 

Coconut Lime Iced Tea

Instructions
This recipe is a tropical twist on iced tea that brings some of the best flavors of summer to the table. For even more tropical flair, swap out the lime for mango or pineapple.

• Pour heated coconut water into a pitcher with black tea bags and lime slices, diced mango or diced pineapple
• Steep for 15 minutes
• Remove tea bags
• Chill in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 hours before serving


Source: A Sweet Pea Chef

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Ingredients

  • 6 white tea bags
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 3 lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea

Instructions
This zippy iced tea recipe packs a spicy punch that refreshes while providing the many benefits of super food, ginger.

• Bring honey, 4 cups of water and chopped ginger to a boil in a saucepan
• Reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes
• Remove mixture from heat and add tea bags
• Steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour
• Strain out solids
• Pour strained mixture into a pitcher with 4 more cups of water and the lemon juice
• Chill in the refrigerator before serving


Source: Food Network

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Ingredients

  • 8 tea bags (tea of choice)
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • 4 ripe peaches, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small bunch of fresh mint

Peach Mint Iced Tea

Instructions
This simple recipe takes on satisfying, natural sweetness from ripe peaches that will appeal to sweet tea lovers looking for a healthier option.

• Pour boiling water into pitcher
• Add tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes
• Remove tea bags and let tea cool to room temperature before refrigerating
• Add the peaches and mint
• Chill and serve


Source: My Recipes

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Ingredients

  • 8 tea bags (tea of choice)
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • 1/8 medium-size watermelon, cut into small triangles
  • 1 small bunch of basil leaves

Watermelon Basil Iced Tea

Instructions
This recipe highlights hydrating watermelon and sweet basil for a super easy, sophisticated iced tea upgrade.

• Pour boiling water into pitcher
• Add tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes
• Remove tea bags and let tea cool to room temperature before refrigerating
• Before serving, add watermelon pieces and basil leaves
• Pour over ice


Source: Real Simple

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Ingredients

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 8 cups of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cucumber (peeled, seeded and pureed)
    • You can puree the cucumber by blending 1/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of chopped, peeled and seeded cucumber
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Cucumber slices (for garnish)

Cucumber Mint Iced Tea

Instructions
This recipe will be able to quench your thirst on the hottest summer days with the added health benefits of anti-inflammatory cucumber. We’ve swapped out tea leaves for tea bags in this case, but feel free to use whatever tea you like.

• Pour boiling water over tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes
• Remove the tea bags and add cucumber puree, mint and lime juice to the brewed tea
• Chill mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours
• Optional: Strain cucumber puree and mint from chilled mixture before serving
• Serve over ice and garnish with a few cucumber slices


Source: The Spruce Eats

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