I know that now we are in September, people are feeling that summer has been and gone. But still, in denial that it is over, I am all for prolonging what summer we have left. I love having fresh and fruity drinks to drink when the weather is warm. I am not a massive tea drinker anyway (I like fruit and herbal teas but don’t drink ‘regular’ tea), but the thought of a hot drink in hot weather is not for me.
But I am yet to find somewhere the sells natural iced tea, that isn’t black tea and isn’t full of sugar. Which is why I have been making my own iced tea over the past few weeks, using a few different flavoured tea temples from teapigs. Not only are they completely natural and free from sugar (if you omit the honey or agave), but they are super refreshing and only around three calories each! Perfect for an alternative drink for me when I’m dieting.
So if you’d like to have a go yourself, it couldn’t be simpler. Here is all you need to know:
- 1 teapigs. tea temple per person
- freshly boiled water, just enough to cover the temples
- fresh cold water
- handful of ice cubes
- fresh chopped fruit or mint leaves (optional)
- honey or agave syrup (optional)
What To Do:
- Take one tea temple per person and place in a cup or mug (around four tea temples for a jug), and pour some freshly boiled water over the temples. It should just be enough to cover them not to fill the cup.
- Let the tea brew for around five minutes. If you’re making it for later, you can then leave this in the fridge to top up with cold water later.
- If you’re going to be serving straight away, remove the tea temple from the cup or jug, and top up with cold water and ice.
- Serve with fresh fruit and/or mint leaves. Enjoy!
I don’t drink, but if you want to make a slightly naughtier version, or your own long island version, then you can add in some gin or vodka when you top up with water and ice. You can also pop a tea bag in a water bottle so you can take it around with you. Give your water bottle a shake, with the tea temple in, and then drink throughout the day.
Is this something that you think you’d give a go? I can completely recommend these two flavours from teapigs. Super fruit and jelly and ice cream are lovely and fruity. Other flavours of tea that could work for iced tea are lemon and ginger and liquorice and mint for caffeine-free, or green tea or darjeeling earl grey for regular tea lovers.
*thanks to teapigs for sending me some samples to try. All opinions are my own.