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For the times when water just doesn't cut it... Homemade iced herbal tea

Posted in Food! It's all about food.. @ Nov 24th 2016 - By Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
For The Times When Water Just Doesnt Cut It Homemade Iced Herbal Tea

Quick, healthy & TASTY recipes for busy veterinary professionals.

We all know that water is good for us and we're supposed to be drinking lots of it but sometimes it just doesn't cut it. The days are also getting warmer, so the thought of a hot tea or coffee isn't exactly refreshing either and sometimes it's just too easy to reach for a cold, sugery juice or soft drink. 

But you could also give this alternative a go...

Homemade Iced Herbal Tea!

I'm sure this concept isn't exactly ground breaking for some of you but it's something I've been trying out over the last few days and so thought I'd share it. I like green tea (not striclty speaking a herbal tea I know!) and a range of herbal teas but I also live in Queensland so drinking a hot tea in my (unairconditioned) office during the day isn't so appealing during the warmer months. So this is how I make my homemade, iced herbal tea.

Method...

  1. Brew a strong batch of tea to taste e.g. when making Iced Green Tea I use two teabags or 2 teaspoons of leaf tea in a mug or cup (Green tea contains caffeine so if you're wanting to steer clear of caffeine, either get decaffeinated or stick with herbal teas) 
  2. Steep for 5 or so minutes
  3. Pour cup into larger bottle - I use an 800ml Voss glass water bottle which you can buy in most supermarkets for about $5.00 as it doesn't taint the taste of the tea
  4. Fill bottle up with water and chill
  5. When cold, squeeze some fresh lemon into a glass, add ice cubes and pour in the chilled tea

Variations...

So far I've tried green tea, both tea bags and leaf, and the leaf tea definitely maintains a stronger flavour when chilled. My other favourite is Forest Fruits tea bags which taste like a mild raspberry cordial.

I don't add in any sweetner as I'm not a sweet tooth but if you absolutely had to, you could add a little honey after you've brewed the tea before pouring into the larger bottle.

Still prefer to stick to soft drinks?

I know Iced Herbal Tea may not be everyone's drink of choice but if you struggle to drink enough water it might be worth giving it a go. If you're used to drinking sugary drinks your palate is going to take a bit of time to get used to the non-sweetened variety but I'm sure if you test out a few different flavours of tea you'll find one that has enough natural sweetner to get you by.

Just in case you weren't aware of just how much sugar is in many drinks especially the 'healthy' juice bar ones:

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What are your favourite herbal tea flavours that you think would taste great as an Iced Tea? Share them in the Comments section below.

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