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DIY ICED TEA

The English might prefer theirs brewed up in a pot, but in the good ol’ US of A, there’s only one way to enjoy tea—iced. Originally created in the Southern states (where it remains most popular) to combat the intense summer heat, Iced Tea is as American as apple pie, and is the most common way to drink tea in the US. When making iced tea at home, the process couldn’t be easier—brewed black tea is allowed to cool before being served with lemon, sugar and ice. It’s chilled, it’s refreshing, and it’s uniquely American - probably the only tea drinking culture in the world where cold beats hot!

Iced tea Benefits 

  • A refreshing way to help you achieve your daily recommended fluid intake1
  • When made out of black tea, iced tea contains a plant pigment called flavonoids which are found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, and chocolate! These compounds may help keep your cardiovascular system healthy2
  • Tea contains L-theanine a unique compound that can improve attention and feelings of alertness when combined with caffeine.
  •  Instead of adding sugar try using a zero-calorie sweetener instead

Tea time ideas

When you’ve got as American a drink as iced tea, it only seems right to serve it up with another American culinary institution—barbecue. There’s nothing like getting a group of friends together on a scorching hot summer’s day, firing up the grill, serving heaped plates of classic American comfort food and sharing a pitcher after pitcher of refreshing iced tea. Though baseball caps aren’t mandatory, they are highly encouraged.

If a big plate of American BBQ isn’t really your thing, fear not—our iced tea matches up beautifully with all kinds of other foods. Because of its invigorating, upfront flavour and wonderfully cleansing ice cold temperature, our iced tea is ready to go toe to toe with just about any rich and aromatic dish under the sun. So whether spicy Mexican flavours, fragrant Indian cuisine, or aromatic Asian dishes are more your cup of tea, our iced tea is more than able to stand its own against them.

How to make iced tea

Easy and endlessly adaptable: iced tea is  one of those drinks that, once you’ve got the basics down, you can start getting really creative with until you hit upon the perfect variation for your own tastes. The simplest, most down-to-earth iced tea recipe you can put together starts with four cups of boiling water poured over two teabags in a heat-proof pitcher. You leave it for 3 - 5 minutes, then remove the teabags and then sweeten to taste by adding a little zero-calorie sweetener. Stir in six cups of ice cubes until melted, or use four cups of cold water and BOOM, you’re good to go! It really is that simple.

We also like to throw in a few freshly cut lemon slices at the end for some citrus zing… but this is where you can start to flex those creative muscles and develop your own iced tea recipes. Get experimental with it! Think exotic fruits, like pineapple, strawberries or kiwis. Try mixing it up with different types of tea bags (Earl grey maybe, or Matcha green tea!) Maybe even some fresh herbs and natural sweeteners—basil and honey? Sure! We’ll give it a go! The options are only as limited as your imagination!  


1EFSA recommends 2L and 2.5L fluid intake per day for women and men, respectively
2Based on a daily consumption of at least 500 mg of flavonoids per day, 3 cups of Tea per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle