Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes Perfect for Summer Sipping
Iced tea is the go-to drink for just about everyone when the weather warms up. (If you live in the South, it's likely something you drink 365 days a year.) Whether you prefer a grassy green tea or sweet-as-a-peach southern black iced tea, there's no denying the fact that iced tea is a cooling, flavorful beverage ideal for summertime sipping.
Take a peek at your local farmers' market and you'll see an endless supply of fresh herbs, tart rhubarb, juicy watermelon, peaches the color of a sunset, and succulent berries. Use whatever is in season as add-ins to a favorite iced tea recipe. These ingredients will spark new life in an otherwise simple herbal blend or your preferred black tea.
Among our favorite recipes are these two creative twists on a classic Arnold Palmer: Iced Watermelon-Lemon Tea uses watermelon juice to sweeten the black tea and lemonade combo, while our Out-of-the-Ordinary Arnold Palmers relies on fresh tangerine juice and jasmine pearls for a blend of citrus and earthy notes.
In addition to these inspiring flavors, we're sharing tips for making tea so that the iced version doesn't taste watered down. When brewing your tea for this tasty beverage, you'll want to create a tea with a more pronounced flavor than if you were drinking it hot. Be sure to make a big batch of one of these iced tea recipes for any summer entertaining—it's just the right kind of drink to have on hand for potlucks, picnics, and holiday parties. Or just make a batch so you can enjoy glass after glass when you relax on the porch. Here are some of our favorite iced tea recipes for summer.
Lemongrass-Mint Iced Tea
Out-of-the-Ordinary Arnold Palmers
The clink-clink of ice in an Arnold Palmer—the drink that joins refreshing lemonade and iced tea—can be heard anywhere from backyard barbecues to beach picnics. Try these two not-so-standard renditions, one with jasmine-tea pearls, which bestow floral notes on sweet tangerine juice, and the other with juicy strawberries and floral hibiscus to create a new jewel-toned spin on the classic.
Lemony Spiked Sweet Tea
Hibiscus-Mint Iced Tea
Vegan Coconut Thai Iced Tea
Mint-Ginger Iced Tea
Hibiscus-Honey Iced Tea
Chamomile and lemon-flavored herbs create a delicate, delightful tea. We used lemon verbena, which lends a pleasantly sweet flavor. But you can also substitute lemon balm, lemon thyme, lemon basil, or lemon-scented geranium for equally tasty variations to this light, soothing blend.