I've been on a drink kick for the last few months. Maybe it's the extreme Arizona heat or maybe it's being pregnant and thirsty all the time. Whatever the reason, I'm always looking for fun, fruity drinks to enjoy at home. My whole family loves iced tea. If it was my husband's choice, it would be pure southern sweet tea all the way. But for the rest of the family, we have a variety of taste buds including those that like their iced tea sweetened and those that don't. So I decided to come up with a recipe for a delicious tea that has great flavor with or without sweetener (though my mom and husband will tell you it's always better sweetened). This orange and mint iced tea is perfect for summer!?
Orange + Mint Iced Tea Recipe
Iced tea is one of those base ingredients that can be turned into a million different things. You can make baked goods using tea or just add fun ingredients to your iced tea when you brew it. It was really fun experimenting to figure out the best way to make this tea. When adding extra ingredients, there's lots of ways to incorporate those flavors throughout the brewing process. I decided to try adding in the ingredients during the boiling and steeping process.
The process of making iced tea is actually very simple. If you can boil water, you can make iced tea. That's the good news! The experimenting part is where it gets fun. If you have some favorite ingredients you'd like to try, go ahead and add them in and see how it turns out. You'll never know until you try it, right?
One of the reasons I think my family loves iced tea so much is that it's so simple. Not necessarily to make, but the ingredients are whole and the process is pure. Even when adding in sweetener, you can be conscious of what you're putting into your tea.
By adding orange into this iced tea, you're automatically getting some natural sweetness included in the drink. But adding Zing Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener gives the recipe an extra boost of sweetness.
- 6 Luzianne Iced Tea bags
- 2 oranges, sliced into ¼-inch slices (reserving some for garnish, optional)
- ½ bunch of mint leaves
- Stevia Sweetener packets, to taste
- Fill a 2 quart pot ¾ of the way full with water, bring to a boil.
- Once water is boiling, add orange slices to water, boil for 2 minutes.
- After boiling, remove from heat and add mint leaves (leave on stems) and 6 tea bags tied together.
- Steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Removed oranges, mint and tea from pot.
- Allow to cool in pot for 2-4 hours.
- After cooling, add to pitcher or other serving container.
- If desired, add water to weaken brew.
- Serve over ice with mint spring or orange slice as garnish, if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 6 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g