One of my all-time favourite drinks is iced tea. Green tea iced tea to be exact. It’s one of the few drinks I order at Starbucks and is a staple at almost every function I plan. It’s refreshing, delicious and actually really easy to make.
One of the advantages of making you own is the ability to better control sugar as well as caffeine. I’m very sensitive to caffeine. I can tell which brands of store-bought iced teas have more after only a few sips. As a result, I use decaf tea to make my iced tea, which is a bonus for kids and pregnant women alike.
This is a great recipe for a large crowd. I’ve used it at several barbeques, parties, and showers. I even requested this for my wedding shower, and then helped my mother make it. We quadrupled the recipe and filled a drink dispenser and had it alongside hot tea and coffee. It was a hit!
- 10 bag of green tea
- 1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 4+4 cups of water
- 1-2 tsp of honey (or a sweetener of choice)
- In a pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the tea bags. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 30 minutes.
- In a large pitcher, pour in the frozen lemonade. Add 4 cups of cold water
- Remove tea bags from tea. Pour the tea into the pitcher.
- Sweeten with honey to taste.
- Stir, chill and then serve.
I personally don’t like my iced tea too sweet so I opt for 1-2 tsp of honey. But you can make it sweeter by adding more honey or the liquid sugar which is very simple to make; simply boil equal parts water and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. I often use liquid sugar when making this for a large group.