Here is the issue. My boyfriend loves a cold drink in summer and prefers it sweet. To my distaste he often reaches for a sports drink, nutrient water or other super-sugary insanely pink drink. Me? I love water. But, yes, I do like a refreshing drink too, just not of the sugary kind. Besides the ridiculous amout of added sugar which is not only a heap of empty calories but also detrimental to your health, I just don’t like the taste. I don’t find them refreshing or thirst quenching in anyway.

So… the challenge – to get my boy off the sugar syrup crap (sorry, but they are!) and get him to enjoy a healthy option without taking the enjoyment away for him.

So I introduce iced tea into our world. Most certainly not a new concept but one that I am loving – experimenting with different flavours is like a mini art project. There are so many interesting and healthy concotions to come up with. It’s kind of become a game. I make ice tea, boy drinks, boy gives nod of approval or super-enthusiastic WOW or screws up face and drinks no more.
If you are on the hunt for a refreshing summer drink check out the below iced tea recipes. These are the ones I (we) have tested and find thirst quencing, revitalising and of course healthy!
Invest in an iced tea jug (I have two from T2) to easily create and store your iced tea.

1) Ginger, lemon, mint + raw honey.

  • Grate in a thumb sized amount of ginger into a 2ltr pot
  • Boil up water for 15 minutes
  • Add in 1 tblspoon of raw honey (you can use rice syrup or any other health/natural sweetener)
  • Once cooled pour into jug
  • Serve with a slice of lemon, mint sprigs and ice cubes

2) Mint

  • Use a combination of a mint tea mix (T2 does a great one) and fresh mint leaves
  • Simply boil up water and fill up jug.
  • Place in mint leaves + mint tea
  • Allow to steep and cool
  • Serve through a strainer (of your jug doesn’t already have one) and top with fresh mint
3) Citrus Punch + mint
  • As above, but add in citrus or fruit tea mix for a sweeter kick.
  • Honey is optional here
4) Rose, Cinnamon + apple
  • Boil up a 2ltr pot of water with cinnamon bark sticks (not the quills for cooking but actual bark – usually you can source these from a lebanese/middle eastern mixed business)
  • In jug add in slices of fresh apple and rose bud tea (T2!)
  • Pour in boiled cinnamon tea
  • Serve chilled with a dash of cinnamon powder
5) Iced chai
  • Boil up a really fragrant, spicy chai
  • Add in honey
  • Allow to cool in jug and chill
  • Serve with ice – milk optional

6)Green tea, mint and lemon

  • Boil water
  • In jug add green tea, lemon slices and fresh mint
  • Pour water in, cool and chill

7) Pomegranate + fresh lime

  • Pomegranate concentrate from the health food shop is the best option.
  • Add to 2ltrs of hot water + add fresh juice from 2 limes
  • Pour into jug and chill
  • Add in fresh lime slices (and pomegranate seeds if you can find them) to serve on ice

Do you have any other exciting icea tea suggestions? Or even another alternative for a fresh summer drink?

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