Iced tea couldn’t be an easier or more energizing summer staple. Just steep some leaves, let cool, then serve over ice. Voilà: Instant chill. After a while, though, straight black tea gets a little stale. We've found 11 of the most invigorating flavored recipes (plus a couple of boozy versions) to switch up your tea game. They're easy to take anywhere and keep chilled in your PackIt freezable cooler, whether you're toting a single serving or enough for a crowd.
White iced tea is a terrific foundation for fruit concoctions, as it tends to be not as strong as its darker counterparts. In this recipe, the stone fruits shine through without overwhelming the herbal base.
Green tea, ginger and lemon is a pretty standard combo, which is why we're such fans of this offbeat version. The lemongrass is a new riff on the citrus notes, and quite possibly your new favorite tea-time addition.
Packed with superfoods, this is basically our dream drink. It feels like a dessert but is a magically healthy elixir. Win!
Matcha: So hot right now. It's pretty great on ice, too, and even better when you add a sprig or two of bracing mint to the mix.
We love the idea of topping off a fruity teas with some club soda for a fizzy break from the norm. And we wouldn't be opposed to subbing that seltzer for sparkling wine either...
Tangy hibiscus tea is one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets. This tea is made from the dried flowers of the plant, plus cinnamon and fresh mint, then laced with a simple syrup for a touch of sweetness.
The juice from tamarind, a tart fruit used in sweet and savory recipes from Mexico to Thailand, gives your regular old Lipton an unexpected zing.
You're probably well aware of this lemonade/tea combo, but if you've never made your own, you're in for a real treat. After tasting it with recently-brewed leaves, you may never go back to the mass-produced stuff.
Beloved everywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line, sweet tea is finally making its mark across the land. If you're new to this magical drink, The Kitchn has a nice basic recipe to get you started. Once you’ve mastered the foundation, try this Citrus Sweet Tea or Blackberry Sweet Tea, both from the experts at Southern Living. Or kick things up a notch with the spiked Sparkling Sweet Tea Cocktail from The Kitchn. Just remember that sweet tea should be treated in same category as juices and sodas from the health perspective: an occasional sugary treat, not necessarily an everyday indulgence.
No round up of iced tea recipes would be complete without the drink that bears no resemblance to tea whatsoever, but is still somehow stuck with the moniker. (We don't get it either.) This cocktail is a lethal brew of multiple liquors that’s less likely to perk you up than park you on the floor. But hey, if you want to make yours a little more authentic, swap the simple syrup with a delicious iced tea syrup from Martha Stewart.
What's your favorite variation of iced tea? Share it in the comments!