Recipes: Iced Tea 4 Ways

Recipe for Indian Iced Tea

By Nazima Qureshi

Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your ice cold drinks! A stop at the local coffee shop for an iced beverage may be a part of your summer routine. Or maybe you stock up on juices at home for a thirst-quenching option for the family. As refreshing as these ice cold drinks may be, they can quickly add up in calories and sugar. Iced tea, iced coffee, juices, and pop can pack in anywhere from 5-10 teaspoons of sugar per serving! Rather than giving up these flavourful beverages completely, making your own can help cut down on the sugar while allowing you and your family to enjoy an iced cold beverage on a hot summer day.

Indian inspired iced teas

One of my favourite ice cold beverages is iced tea so I teamed up with Tea India and created four refreshing iced teas you need to try before the summer is over! Whether you prefer a classic iced tea or are looking for a South Asian twist with a glass of iced chai, there is something for everyone.

 

Lemon Iced Tealemon iced tea1

This is a classic iced tea flavoured with lemon slices for a refreshing kick.

Makes: 4 Servings

1 serving: 1 cup

 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 Tea India Orange Pekoe tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices

 

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Turn stove off and add Tea India Orange Pekoe tea bags. Steep tea for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and add lemon slices and sugar. Taste for sweetness and adjust as needed. Transfer to a jug and refrigerate for several hours until chilled. Remove lemon slices after a few hours to prevent the tea becoming bitter.
  3. To serve: Pour in glasses over 2-3 ice cubes and serve with a slice of lemon.

 

Orange Ginger Iced Tea

You don’t only have to enjoy ginger in your curry! For a more sophisticated flavoured beverage, try this Orange Ginger Tea sweetened with honey.

Makes: 4 Servings

1 serving: 1 cup

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 Tea India Ginger tea bags
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 1 orange, cut into slices

ginger orange tea

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Turn stove off and add Tea India Ginger tea bags. Steep tea for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and add orange slices and honey. Taste for sweetness and adjust as needed. Transfer to a jug and refrigerate for several hours until chilled.
  3. To serve: Using an orange slice, wet the rim of glasses. Dip rim of glass in a shallow bowl of coarse sugar. Add 2-3 ice cubes per glass and pour iced tea in glasses being careful not to pour on the side of the glass.

 

Iced Masala Chai iced masala chai

When it’s too hot for a cup of chai, put it on the rocks! Everyone has their own way to make chai. This method boils milk and water together while allowing the flavours of Masala chai to steep, creating a creamy and rich iced chai experience.

Makes 4 servings

1 serving: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 Tea India Masala tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

 

Directions

  1. In a pot, add milk, water and Tea India Masala tea bags. Turn stove onto high and let tea come to a boil, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from stovetop and add sugar. Taste for sweetness and adjust as needed. Transfer to a jug and refrigerate for several hours until chilled.
  2. To serve: pour Iced Masala Chai over glasses filled with ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

Iced Cardamom Chai iced cardamom chai

This Iced Cardamom Chai is sweetened with brown sugar, which is a perfect complement to the rich cardamom flavour.

Makes: 4 servings

1 serving: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 Tea India Cardamom tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

 

Directions

  1. In a pot, add milk, water and Tea India Cardamom tea bags. Turn stove onto high and let tea come to a boil, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from stovetop and add brown sugar. Taste for sweetness and adjust as needed. Transfer to a jug and refrigerate for several hours until chilled.
  2. To serve: pour Iced Cardamom Chai over glasses filled with ice.

 

all iced teas - from top

What Iced Tea will you be serving up during the last few weeks of summer? Let us know on Instagram and Twitter by tagging @TeaIndia and @nutritionbynaz!

Tea; ChaiThis post was sponsored by Tea India but all recipes and opinions are our own.

 


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