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How to Make the Perfect Herbal Sweet Tea

Nothing says summertime in the South like a tall, ice cold glass of sweet tea sipped on the porch during the buzzing heat of the day or enjoyed through warm, humid nights lit up by fireflies.

The perfect sweet tea is more than just adding a spoonful of sugar to a glass of iced tea; it’s a southern tradition and one that can be easily enriched with herbalism.

Most recipes call for using black tea, a timeless classic, but as herbalists, we are always thinking of ways to elevate our drinks with more plants. Add a cooling, refreshing twist with our Peppermint Delight® tea, a bright and bold uplift with our Cup of Sunshine® tea, or a moment of tropical bliss with our Rose Hips with Hibiscus tea. However you’re feeling, there’s an herbal tea that can meet you there.

Sweet tea is often made daily in large batches and kept chilled in the fridge, ready for a midday visitor or an easy cool-down on a hot summer’s day. While most recipes call for a quick steep, we like a nice long steep to make a stronger herbal sweet tea. The natural sweeteners are mixed into the hot tea to dissolve completely. We like a relatively mild sweetness, but you could certainly add more (or less) to suit your taste. After all, sweet tea should hold pleasant memories of summer’s pastime and invite feelings of relaxation and joy into your day.

Enjoy a few of our favorite caffeinated and caffeine-free recipes with some summertime combinations.

 

Classic Black Tea with Lemon

Classic Black Tea with Lemon

A classic caffeinated sweet tea with bright and zesty herbal notes.

Time: 30-40 minutes
Makes 3-6 servings

Ingredients:

 

Green Tea Lemongrass

Green Tea Lemongrass

Energizing and lemony sweet tea, with hints of aromatic basil. Perfect mildly caffeinated lunchtime pick me up.

Time: 30-40 minutes
Makes 3-6 servings

Ingredients:

 

Rose Hips Hibiscus with Lemon and Raspberries

Rose Hips Hibiscus with Lemon and Raspberries

Fruity, tangy and refreshing herbal sweet tea that is perfect for any time of day.

Time: 30-40 minutes
Makes 3-6 servings

Ingredients:

 

Peppermint Delight

Peppermint Delight

Minty, earthy and slightly sweet, this tea is sure to cool you down on a hot day.

Time: 30-40 minutes
Makes 3-6 servings

Ingredients:

 

Peachy Cup of Sunshine

Peachy Cup of Sunshine

Smooth and sweet with honey roasted notes and fresh juicy peaches for an easy afternoon.

Time: 30-40 minutes
Makes 3-6 servings

Ingredients:

 

Materials & Directions:
  • Glass pitchers or quart jars
  • Citrus squeezer or juicer
  • Tea kettle
  • Measuring cups
  • Glassware
  1. Start by brewing the tea as you would if you were to serve it hot. Bring water to a full boil, then steep the tea bags in a covered container for the time specified on the package, which ranges from 5-15 minutes, depending on the tea. While steeping, it’s important to use a container with a closed top to prevent all the herbal goodness from evaporating. A glass mason jar is great for this.
  2. We recommend adding the sweetener while the batch is still warm so that it melts quickly.
  3. Once the steeping time is up, remove the tea bags, squeezing out any excess tea, and refrigerate the tea for 15-20 minutes.
  4. While waiting for the tea to cool, prepare the remaining ingredients. Once the tea is cold, mix in additions, fill the jar with ice, and garnish as you wish.

Consume and enjoy promptly. 2-3 cup per day recommendation. Check carton instructions before consuming.

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