Iced Teas are fabulous, love yourself some Iced Teas and you are in for a treat. Not only are they very refreshing, but also can help you detox! Yes that's right :) Look at it this way, green tea is known for its detox agents; if you add the ingredients that are known to have detox characteristics like cranberries, blueberries, ginger and citrus fruits then you are enhancing the process. Furthermore, Iced Teas can help you with your diet. Iced Teas are a perfect snack; both healthy and refreshing (if you keep sugar intake low)
Now that Ramadan is about to be over, it is essential that you rehydrate your body. Especially that Ramadan had fallen into a hot month of summer, those of you who were not conscious of your water & liquid intake must work on re-hydrating your bodies. There is no better way to do that than drinking lots of water, except the appetising, refreshing and detoxifying Iced Teas. Here are some recipes for you to enjoy, and am sure you will love them. My friends like to come over and have these, so will yours :)
|You can use fresh fruits instead of juice to make the ice cubes|
Above used Raspberries instead of cranberries
3 cups water
4 Green Tea bags
1 Mint Tea bag
2 cups cranberry juiced into ice cubes
Fresh Mint Leaves
Fresh Cranberry mini branches
Bring water to a boiling and remove from heat. Add Green & Mint Tea bags. Cover saucepan and let it steep for 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Cover & chill for 2 hours. Transfer tea to a pitcher, add cranberry juice ice cubes. garnish with fresh mint & cranberries.
Chill remaining tea for up to 2 days.
Dima's Tips Iced Teas are commonly sweetened using Sugar Syrups. If you must sweeten your tea, then a healthier sweetener is honey. When having it in restaurant, then ask or unsweetened Tea, and a serving of honey on the side :)
My Favourite for Entertaining:
2 cups fresh Red Raspberries
4-5 Tea bags
5 cups boiling water
1 cup Fresh Raspberry juice (sieve using cotton cloth for clear juice)
1 cup fresh raspberries, extra for serving
Place 2 cups raspberries & tea bags in a large glass container. Pour boiling water over them; cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove & discard tea bags. strain berries from tea and discard them. Chill for several hours.
To serve, place tea over ice in a large pitcher or Punch bowl, add 1 cup fresh raspberries just before serving. Garnish with fresh mint leaves on top.
My Personal Choice:
Iced Green Tea with Ginger
12 cups water
1/4 cup Honey
Fresh Ginger, peeled & thinly sliced (about 3 inches)
12 - 16 green Tea Bags
Key Limes or lemons quartered
Orange Peel Strips
In a large saucepan, combine honey, water & ginger. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, covered for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove & discard the tea bags. Strain & discard ginger from tea. Transfer to a large pitcher or punch bowl. Cover & chill for several hours.
To serve, you can alternate strawberries, lime quarters, orange feel & mint on skewers and place them in serving glasses with ice & pour over the iced tea. Or place all those in the punch bowl with iced tea & ice and leave it up to your guests to fill their glasses.
Have you tried any of these iced tea recipes? I would love to hear your thoughts on this collection of iced teas, leave me a comment ;)