Bottled iced green tea often contains loads of added sweeteners and other artificial ingredients, such as Lipton Diet Green Tea counteracting the health benefits of green tea.
Luckily, there’s a HEALTHY and EASY alternative to green tea in bottles (whether iced or not):
Home-Made Iced Green Tea!
You may have been seduced in the past by the fact that these bottled iced green teas contain no calories (thanks to the artificial sweeteners) but keep in mind that iced (natural made) green tea is always calorie-free but also free of any artificial ingredients.
Get ready to be blown away by its health benefits! Here are six recipes to get you started in your search of YOUR favorite one!
Recipe #1: Green Tea & Mango Splash
- 1 cup strongly brewed green tea (2 tea bags to 1 cup water)
- 2 cups mango nectar
- Ice cubes
- Mint sprigs for garnish
- Mango slivers for garnish
Combine tea and mango nectar in a pitcher. Serve over ice, garnished with mint sprigs and mango slivers.
Recipe #2: Iced Mint Green Tea
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 3 green tea bags
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 cups sake, divided
(or leave it out for the non-alcoholic variation)
- 4 stalks lemon grass for garnish
Combine mint leaves, tea bags, honey and boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Refrigerate until chilled. Divide among 4 large ice-filled glasses. Add 1/2 cup sake to each glass. Garnish with a stalk of lemon grass.
Recipe #3: Iced Green Tea (12 servings)
- 12 cups water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 12 to 16 green tea bags
- Limes, quartered
- Orange peel strips
- Ice cubes
1. In a large saucepan combine water, sugar, and ginger. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; let stand, covered for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Strain ginger from tea; discard ginger. Transfer tea to a 1-gallon pitcher or punch bowl. Cover; cool 1 hour. If desired, chill.
3. Meanwhile, on a 12-inch wooden skewer alternate strawberries, lime quarters, and orange peel strips. Place skewer inside pitcher or punch bowl as a decorative swizzle stick. Serve tea in glasses over ice cubes.
Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare tea, cover and cool several hours. Chill up to 24 hours.
Recipe #4: Peach mint iced green tea (5 servings)
- 2 cups cold water
- 5 green tea bags
- 1 12-ounce can peach nectar
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, slightly crushed
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- Ice cubes
Bring water just to boiling in a large saucepan. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove and discard bags. Stir in nectar, mint, and sugar. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. Strain tea mixture; serve over ice.
Recipe #5: Iced Green Tea With Ginger and Mint
- 3 ounces ginger, unpeeled and sliced
- 1 cup mint leaves
- 6 green-tea bags
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the ginger and 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the mint and tea bags. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid into a large pitcher or other container. Add the honey and lemon juice; stir. Chill in the refrigerator. Serve in tall glasses over ice cubes and more mint leaves.
Recipe #6: Lemon Ginger Iced Green Tea
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup Splenda low-calorie sweetener
- 1 Tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 Tsp grated lemon peel
- 6 green tea bags
- 4 Tsp fresh lemon juice
1. Add water, Splenda, ground ginger, and lemon peel to medium saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to where it sustains a gentle boil and cook for about 7-8 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add the green tea bags. Steep this tea mixture for 10 minutes, stirring or dunking the bags often. Remove tea bags and stir lemon juice into the tea liquid. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
3. To make a cup of iced tea, pour 1/4 cup of the concentrated tea mixture into a tall glass and stir in 3/4 cup of sparkling or seltzer water or club soda. Add ice cubes and enjoy!
Recipes 1 and 2 have been retrieved from Eatingwell.com, recipes 3 and 4 from Better Home and Gardens, recipe 5 from Realsimple.com and finally recipe 6 has been retrieved from Medicinenet.com.