Why iced fruit tea?
Well for starters, it's just so refreshing. Tea comes in a variety of flavors from a robust breakfast to a lighter herb, and it can be steeped to anyone's taste. And what about adding the fruit? Infusing tea with fresh fruit not only adds flavor, it can naturally add vitamins and minerals to your drink as well. Unlike soft drinks, fruit tea doesn't pack a lot of the things those who are health or weight conscious try to avoid, like sugar and salt.
So what are our tips for making the easiest and healthiest fruit tea EVER?
- Use any tea you prefer. We use a standard black tea that we make ahead of time. (In fact in our house, there is always a pitcher of freshly made iced tea in the refrigerator).
- For fresh fruit, use your favorites! Give seasonal, local and organic varieties a try with the occasional lemon or lime mixed in. Some of our favorites include raspberry, lemon and peach.
- For a sweetener you can use any variety of sugar, but our preference is for honey, not only because it blends so well with tea but also because of its nutritional benefits.
- We recommend using a fruit infused water bottle for convenience. The infuser will not only will contain the fruit but will also aid in the infusing.
- Use about 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh fruit for 16 to 20 ounces
- Cut your fruit into small cubes or if needed, mash it slightly it to release the juices.
- Place the fruit into the infuser, and any leftover juices simply drizzle into the bottle.
- Pour tea into the bottle until 3/4 full, add the infuser with fruit and if needed a drizzle of honey for added sweetness.
- Got leftover fruit? Freeze it and use as a flavorful garnish for your tea.
- Allow a minimum of one to two hours for the fruit to infuse your tea. Add additional honey to taste then sip and enjoy!
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