Herbal Iced Tea Guide

Whether you’re relaxing by the pool on a steamy summer day, planning an outdoor dining event, or if you just want to treat yourself and your family to something different, herbal iced teas are refreshing alternatives to the caffeinated, high sugar sodas and artificially flavored “fruit” drinks. And really with so many flavorful herbs and aromatic spices – the possibilities are truly amazing!

Herbal Iced Tea 101

Brewing iced tea is much the same as brewing hot tea. However, you want to make a slightly stronger tea to compensate for the dilution of added ice cubes. Here are a few tips for making delicious homemade iced herb teas:

  • It’s best to use more herb rather than steeping longer as this can produce a bitter flavor.
  • While steeping, add sweeteners such as maple syrup or honey.
  • Enhance with real fruit juices and seltzer water.
  • Garnish with fresh fruits such as peaches, strawberries, and oranges.
  • For maximum flavor and a fun presentation, use Hibiscus tea ice cubes (the vibrant red color looks great in a clear jug or glass and the tart-fruity flavor pairs well with Chamomile and Mint iced teas)
Iced Green Tea with a fresh sprig of mint
Iced Green Tea

General Brewing Instructions

To Brew a Cup
Bring 1 cup of cold water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons dried herbs to boiling water. Let steep for approximately 3-5 minutes or until desired strength. While steeping, add sweeteners such as honey.

To Brew a Gallon
Pour 1 quart of boiling water over 2 ounces of dried herb. Steep 6 minutes, strain and stir into 3 quarts of cold water. Serve with ice and honey to taste.

Other Cool Ways to Brew Herbal Iced Teas

Cold infusions are the cool alternative to making herbal iced teas because they slowly extract the subtle flavors while preserving the plant’s essential oils and other natural constituents that may evaporate with heat. The most popular infusion methods are:

Refrigerator Teas…This super simple, overnight brewing method makes an extra-refreshing drink. The flavor of Green, Black, White, and Red teas really comes alive with this cool brewing style. Try this:

  • 1 cup dried herb
  • 1 gallon cool water
  • Cover and steep in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Strain, add sweetener. Enjoy with ice and fresh herb or fruit garnishes.

Sun Teas…Harness the energizing power of the sun to create a crisp-tasting brew. Mint and floral herbs such as Chamomile and Lavender are best for sun teas. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup dried herb
  • 1 gallon cool water
  • Cover and sit in sunlight for 4-6 hours. Strain, add sweetener. Enjoy with ice and fresh herb or fruit garnishes.
Sun tea brewing on the windowsill
Brewing sun tea

Moon or Lunar Teas…Produce a smooth, mellow tasting brew. Tart, fruity tasting herbs like Hibiscus and Rose Hips make the best moon teas. Try this basic recipe the next time there’s a full moon:

  • 1 cup dried herb
  • 1 gallon cool water
  • Cover and sit in the moonlight for 6-12 hours. Strain, add sweetener. Enjoy with ice and fresh herb or fruit garnishes.

How to Choose the Best Herbs for Iced Teas

Chilled Green Tea
Chilled Green Tea

Favorite Herbal Iced Tea Recipes

Here are just a few of our in-house, tried and true favorites iced tea blends. We hope you like them as much as we do.

Iced Wonderland Cooler
(Serves 4)

Directions
Bring water to a boil. Put all your dried herbs in the muslin cloth tea bag and place in hot water. Steep for 5-7 minutes or until desired strength. Strain and add sweetener. Let the tea cool. Serve over ice. Garnish with thin slices of orange or lemon.
Hint: Each of the herbs has a distinctive flavor, so feel free to adjust the amounts suit to your taste.

Turmeric and Cinnamon Iced Tea
(Serves 2)

Directions
Add all of the above-listed ingredients in a large pot. Bring the pot to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain into a glass jar. Chill overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy!

Turmeric Cinnamon Iced Tea
Turmeric Cinnamon Iced Tea

Matcha Green Iced Tea
(Serves 2)

Directions
Mix Matcha powder, 1 tbsp of water and sugar together to make a paste. Slowly add in remaining water and lime juice, while whisking together. Add ice and enjoy!

Iced Matcha Green Tea with lemons
Iced Matcha Green Tea

Ginger Beet Iced Tea
(Serves 2)

  • 1 tbsp Beet Root Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp local honey 
  • 10 oz filtered water
Ginger Beet Iced Tea with ice in a mason jar
Ginger Beet Iced Tea

Directions
Use a small amount of water and beet powder to make a paste. Add additional ingredients to the paste and stir or shake well. This can easily be done in a mason jar. Let sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of 15 minutes, or overnight. Strain and enjoy iced.

Now you’re ready to wow your friends and family with these deliciously cool herbal iced teas.

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