How To: Make a Pitcher of Iced Tea

As this blog grows, I realize that I would like to occasionally share posts  that aren’t recipes. I hope you don’t mind, and that some of them will still interest you. For my first one, I thought I’d keep it fairly food-related still, just to ease our way into this! I’ve already mentioned that coffee makes me jittery and wired usually, so I drink tea. But I didn’t mention how much tea I drink….

DIY Iced Tea

I drink about 2-3 cups of tea a day, usually green tea or herbal tea. I make a big mug of it to get me through my mornings at school and chug it just like all the coffee addicts out there. Sometimes I think my English roots must be very, very strong, but it wasn’t always like this.

DIY iced tea

The only time I drank tea growing up was when I was sick. I recall dumping about ½ cup of sugar in my Lipton tea because I hated the bitterness. Once I was in my twenties, I became very health-conscious and absolutely loved health food stores and all the unusual products they carried. I started buying different tea flavors at these health food stores, mostly rooibos, or red tea, mixed with cocoa (this stuff was particularly good) . I was intrigued by the idea that tea could be sweet, mild, and a substitute for dessert.

Also, around this time, my mom grew some fresh mint on her porch and used that to make the best unsweetened iced tea I’ve ever had. From there, it was pretty much a free-for-all. I was willing to try any tea but I learned to be very selective and I definitely prefer my tea to be unsweetened, so it has to be a good tea. I’m not a fan of fruity teas but I love the floral, herby, and delicate kinds. The best kind I ever had was in Maui, HERE. Michael grew up on sweet tea, so when I make him a pitcher I make sure to include honey.

Now, in case you want to make a pitcher of sweetened tea for you and yours, here’s how I do it:

DIY iced tea

I just use my measuring cup instead of a bowl

Heat 6-8 tea bags in 2 cups of water in microwave for 2 minutes or until steaming. Add ¼ cup of honey or sugar if desired.

DIY Iced Tea

This kind of tea is already a little sweet because it has some stevia in it

Let brew for 15-20 minutes, then remove tea bags. If tea bags are cool enough, squeeze all the liquid out of them and into the bowl (lots of antioxidants in there!) before tossing them. Fill your pitcher up to just under 2 quarts (8 cups). Add your tea concentrate and mix. Let cool in refrigerator for a few hours and add ice to glasses before serving.

Blackberry Iced Tea

There is a magic tea that makes me feel better called Tiny Tea. If you google it, you’ll find tons of people who drink it for energy, skin improvement, and decreased bloating. I’m addicted. It can be found HERE, along with some other great teas (I’ve tried Skin Magic, Her Tea, and Anti-C tea. Her Tea and Anti-C tea were amazing, but Skin Magic was too sweet for me).

Thanks for tuning in!


6 thoughts on “How To: Make a Pitcher of Iced Tea

  1. foodsciencebaker says:

    Yeah, tea makes me feel better! It’s like a really mild coffee boost 🙂 Lipton tea is kind of the worst, but luckily there are much better brands available for the same price or less! Good Earth is amazing.


    • foodsciencebaker says:

      Mmm, chai is the best! Good Earth actually has a cinnamon tea that’s sweet but has no sugar. Ha, I sound like a salesperson for them, but it’s true! I adore green tea, too, pretty much any kind. Mint tea is also my favorite. I’m definitely a tea addict!


      • Jenna says:

        Hahaha! Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors. I’ll have to try mint tea as well, never had it before. Sounds great! I love Tazo teas, they are a bit pricey but sooo good!


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