What’s a household to do when they don’t drink soda, fruit juice or store-bought sports drinks? It’s hot, we are thirsty, and in the wise words of my nine-year-old, “water is boring!”
Brew iced tea!
My crew enjoys decaf green teas, white teas, chai teas and peppermint herbal tea – the options are endless! Have fun checking out and trying all the varieties. To sweeten the tea, I recommend using a little honey simple syrup (recipe below). You could also use a little stevia, if you are a stevia person.
Brewing Iced Tea Four Ways
Sun Brewed Tea: Fill a large glass jar (with lid) with filtered water and 2-4 tea bags of your choice depending on strength of tea desired and size of glass jar. I use 2 tea bags in a 2 quart mason jar. Leave out in a safe location that receives full sun for 2-4 hours (again depending on strength of tea desired). Sweeten and pour over ice to serve.
Stove Top Brewed Tea: Bring one quart of filtered water to boil in a saucepan. Turn off heat, add 2 tea bags of your choice and place lid on top. Allow to sit and slowly cool for 15-45 minutes, depending on strength of tea desired. Fill pitcher with ice and pour tea over it. Add cold water to fill pitcher to the top. Sweeten and pour over ice to serve.
Ice Tea Maker Brew: This is the easy man’s version of making tea. Ice tea maker directions vary by model, but all offer ample amounts of richly brewed iced tea in a very short amount of time! Sweeten and pour over ice to serve.
Iced Tisane: A tisane is an infusion of fresh herbs, fruits or roots and can be a beautiful after dinner digestive aid. It is a lighter, brighter, fresher tea. To make your own mint tisane, place several handfuls of fresh mint leaves (add lemon verbena leaves for sublime awesomeness) in the bottom of a saucepan and pour one quart of boiling water over them. Place the lid on the saucepan and let sit for five minutes. Strain and pour over ice to serve. Sweeten only if necessary.
Infused Honey Simple Syrup: Classic simple syrup is usually a ratio of 1:1 water and sugar, heated up until the sugar dissolves. I like to use honey and a ratio of 4:1. In a saucepan, heat a cup of filtered water on the stove top. Just before boiling, add in 1/4 cup of local raw honey and remove from heat. Stir honey and add whatever you’d like for your infusion (optional). My favorites are mint, very ripe peaches and lavender flowers. Place the lid on the saucepan and let sit for 30 minutes or so. Strain and store honey syrup in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
In photo from back to front: Spiced Rooibos Ruby Red Chai Tea, Ginger Pear White Tea (in glass and large mason jar), Mint Tisane, Mint-Peach-Honey Simple Syrup
Looking for more summer hydration ideas? Check out all the recipes on this post!
What do you drink to stay hydrated throughout the summer?