11 Easy Iced Tea Upgrades You'll Want to Sip All Summer Long
Because we prefer to fight dehydration the delicious way.
Talk about bringing the heat. It’s officially peak summer, which means our priorities are as follows: sipping cocktails, spending as much time as possible entertaining outdoors, and staying hydrated.
The latter is much easier said than done—it’s far too easy to find yourself feeling faint in hot and humid weather, trying (without success) to remember the last time drank had a glass of water.
No longer! Sipping iced tea is one of the most delicious modes of making sure your body is getting the proper hydration it needs. But before you splurge on the $7 purple rainbow passion-infused tea bev at the pricey café, let it be known that you can make your own iced tea in minutes that tastes ten times better.
If you’re looking for some simple ingredients that’ll make your homemade iced tea recipe even more mouthwateringly refreshing, you’ve come to the right place.
- Lavender and honey: This combination gives your tea a fresh, floral flavor that’ll taste as sweet as it is surprising.
- Peaches and mint: Perfect peak-summer peaches give new meaning to the term ‘sweet tea.’ Find our easy recipe here.
- Matcha: Whisk some of this delicious (and super healthy) Japanese green tea power into warm water before cooling it down with plenty of ice cubes. Brew it twice as strong to make sure it doesn’t get overly diluted by the ice—or make some ahead of time and allow it to chill before you sip.
- Watermelon and basil: Finally, an answer for how to put those extra watermelon wedges to work. Recipe here!
- Bourbon and mint: A splash of bourbon is just the thing for times when you want to kick things up a notch. This one’s the perfect combination of refreshing and (just a little) rowdy.
- Strawberries and basil: This classic combo gives iced tea a refreshingly sweet-and-herbal twist. If the berries and basil came from your garden, even better!
- Fresh ginger and honey: It’s packed with fresh flavor and some serious anti-inflammatory health benefits. Recipe here.
- Raspberries and lemon: For the prettiest pink drink, muddle some fresh or frozen raspberries with a squeeze of lemon juice. This one tastes great with either black or green iced tea.
- Cucumber, mint, and lime: Make this refreshing "spa water" into a tea cocktail by adding a hit of rum, or keep it virgin with a splash of sparkling water instead.
- Hibiscus and lemonade: It’s the holy trifecta: tart, tropical, and real tasty.
- Pomegranate and lime: Our simple recipe will take you five minutes flat.