This Healthy Iced Tea is sugar-free, and super easy to make! Perfect for hot weather, this refreshing beverage will transport you to a relaxing tropical paradise…
Due to being British, I consider tea to be a hot drink which is enjoyed at a time between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Usually, one adds a splash of milk and possibly a teaspoon of sugar. Sometimes it is accompanied by some biscuits or a slice of cake.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I tried iced tea for the first time. A traditional beverage from the United States, it was a new idea to me. Cold tea?! But after trying it, I saw that there was a method to the madness.
One Summer when I was little, I remember asking my parents why they were drinking hot tea on such a warm day. My mum replied by explaining that tea is refreshing! This notion baffled my 4-year-old self (as you can see, tea is a very confusing subject).
But you know that satisfyingly refreshing aftertaste you get with every sip of tea? That’s what my mum was referring to. Now, it’s even more refreshing if the tea is actually cold. Suddenly, the idea of cold tea seems to make perfect sense!
I don’t drink tea very often, but if I do, I have a cup of English Breakfast without sugar. Admittedly, for a while I did used to have a teaspoon of sugar in my tea, but decided to break that habit!
In most of the US, iced tea is served unsweetened – like I have my tea…but ice-cold instead of boiled. However, in the southern states, they love their sweet ice tea and it’s often served year-round!
To make this Healthy Iced Tea, you’ll need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes…
First of all, boil at least 100ml of water (past the minimum mark) in the kettle. Place 1 green teabag and 1 English Breakfast teabag in a large glass jug. (You could use 2 of the same type, or experiment with different teas, such as Chamomile, Liquorice, Earl Grey etc.)
Pour all the water into the jug, and leave the teabags to diffuse for 3 minutes.
Remove teabags with a spoon and dispose of them. Add 500ml cold water to the jug, then stir well.
Now for the sweetness! Of course, as this healthy iced tea is sugar free, we’re going to have to find an alternative to sugar. You could use something like Xylitol, but I am very wary of these sugar replacements, as not enough research has been done and we don’t know what side effects they may have.
So I used something we haven’t seen since my Healthy Vanilla Cheesecake…
Vanilla Crème Stevia!
Zero calories, completely natural, and 200 times sweeter than sugar! (I’ve tried a little on its own, and it’s the most sweet, gorgeous flavour!) You’ll need just a teaspoon of the stuff, or less if you prefer your iced tea to be not-so-sweet.
Add 2 teaspoons of refreshing lemon or lime juice, and stir. Chuck in a handful of ice cubes, and enjoy!
This makes about 3-5 servings. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days.