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When I was a kid, I always felt like an adult when I ordered iced tea at a restaurant. It seemed like the cool thing to order. A way to be more mature. A way to grow up more quickly.
Now I still think iced tea is cool but for better reasons than it makes me seem like an adult. I’ve realized that whole adult thing is overrated. Instead I love that iced tea is a refreshing, healthy option for my morning wake up, an afternoon energy boost, or an evening treat sitting outside.
Tea is so full of nutrients and is super low cal. It is a great way to get more water into my life and is gluten free and non-GMO. Woo hoo! Plus, iced tea is so easy to make. I’ve been making a big batch for Mom and me to enjoy for a few days. Then whenever the craving strikes, it is there waiting for me.
But what I love most of all is that I get to be creative with my iced tea. Sure, classic iced tea is awesome, but I like to take things to the next level by playing around with flavors.
For this iced tea, I picked up two of my favorite Bigelow teas on my last trip to Walmart: Cinnamon Stick, a black tea with cinnamon, and Perfect Peach, an herbal tea that is fragrant and floral with hibiscus, citrus, spices, and of course, peaches!
Neither of the teas overpowered each other. The power of the black tea came through, as did the floral notes in the peach, and the warm spices in each made the two flavors work together.
After I chilled the tea, it was already a great refreshing drink, but I expect nothing less from Bigelow teas, which Mom introduced me to when I was in grade school. I wanted to make this an extra special iced tea.
So I added frozen peaches and blueberries instead of ice. This doesn’t water down the tea and it provides some yummy fruit, extra nutrition, and some sweetness without adding any sugar. Because I have had a few drinks at restaurants with herbs lately I was inspired to take things to the next level with some mint and basil.
This might sound like an odd combination, but the freshness of the mint and the earthiness of the basil pair well with the tea and the fruit.
This is my new favorite iced tea, but I’m excited to try other combinations. That Bigelow Wild Blueberries with Acai is calling my name! I think it would work great with the peach too!
So as this hot summer continues, take just a few moments to make some Bigelow iced tea, letting your creativity shine through.
4 cups boiling water
2 Cinnamon Stick tea bags
2 Perfect Peach tea bags
3 large peaches, frozen
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 small bunch fresh mint
1 small bunch fresh basil
Add the tea bags to the boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove the bags and allow the tea to cool at room temperature 1 hour. Place tea in the refrigerator and chill at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
Add the frozen peaches and blueberries, along with the fresh mint and basil. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Additional chilling time is necessary