Chillin’ with Iced Tea

Iced tea is refreshing, especially on those really hot days. It's also a source of antioxidants known as polyphenols, which are thought to benefit cholesterol health. Giant Eagle® gives you tips on making thirst-quenching iced teas.
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Start with Your Favorite Tea

  • Green tea is made from fresh leaves that have been chopped, rolled and quickly steamed, which preserves the color and spares the antioxidants.
  • Fresh black tea leaves are air-dried, which turns the leaves deep red-brown, giving this tea its name.
  • Oolong tea is partly fermented before it is dried.

Brew to Perfection

  1. Start with cold water and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Let the water cool for one minute and then add the tea. Allow the tea to steep for three to five minutes. Don’t steep tea too long, as it may become bitter and cloudy.
  3. Remove the tea bags or strain the tea to remove any loose leaves.
  4. Pour your tea over ice or chill it in a pitcher.

Add New Flavors

Adding fruit or juices boosts nutrition as well as new flavor. Fresh lemon or lime wedges or sprigs of mint are classic. If you're feeling more adventurous, try one of these ideas:

  • Use brewed tea in place of water to reconstitute frozen juices.
  • For a tea-flavored punch, combine equal parts of frozen orange juice and lemonade concentrates and use iced tea instead of water.
  • Add frozen or fresh strawberries or raspberries.
  • Combine equal parts brewed tea and white grape, pomegranate or apple juice. For more flavor add a dash of ground cinnamon or ginger and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.
  • Create a smoothie with iced tea instead of fruit juice. Or blend cold tea with sliced fresh or canned peaches and some vanilla yogurt. Sweeten as desired. Add a touch of ground ginger for a ginger-peachy refresher.
  • Use honey or brown sugar to sweeten tea.
  • Crush mint leaves and combine them with lime juice and your favorite sweetener for a lime cooler.
  • Make a "half-and-half" by combining equal parts lemonade and iced tea.
  • Brew your iced tea with cinnamon sticks, or make vanilla tea by adding a dash of vanilla extract to cooled tea.
  • Garnish with a fruit kabob. Use a straw as a skewer to hold pieces of melon, pineapple and strawberries.

Recipes to Try:

Brought to you by the Registered Dietitians at Giant Eagle and Market District®