There is nothing like a refreshing iced tea on a hot summer’s day, is there? Unfortunately, finding an iced beverage that isn’t loaded with artificial flavours, sugar, or sweeteners at your local grocery store or café can be quite a challenge. This is why making your own refreshing, sugar-free iced teas at home may be your best option for quenching your thirst, nourishing your body, and saving some serious cash this summer.

To help you get started, test out the waters with these three absolutely delicious sugar-free iced tea recipes. Not only are these a great alternative to sugary drinks, but they are also loaded with some heavy duty health benefits that go far beyond satisfying your taste buds.

 

Lemon Cucumber Mint Green Tea

Lemon Cucumber Tea.

Health Benefits: Boosts metabolism, improves digestion, eases anxiety and reduces inflammation within the body.

Ingredients

For 2 liters of tea,

1 litres water

2 bags of green tea

2 lemons

2 limes

¼ cucumber, sliced

2 cups fresh mint leaves

1 litres unsweetened seltzer

ice cubes

 

Instructions

  1. Boil water. Let it cool for ten minutes.
  2. Add tea bags and half of the mint leaves and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the juice of the lemons and limes, leaving a couple of slices for garnish
  4. When the mixture has cooled down, add the cucumber slices and the rest of the mint leaves
  5. Mix 1 part of the tea infusion with 1 part of seltzer just before serving
  6. Add ice and some lemon, lime and cucumber slices if desired.

 

Hibiscus Ginger Lemon Iced Tea

Hibiscus Ginger Lemon Iced Tea.

Health Benefits: Promotes detoxification, increases circulation, improves energy and digestion (especially constipation). Add cinnamon to help regulate blood sugar levels.

 

Ingredients

For 2 litres of tea,

2 litres of water

One 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 lemon, sliced

½ cup dried red hibiscus petals (also called flor de Jamaica, bissap, and sorrel)

ice

optional: tsp of ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks

 

Instructions

  1. Boil water, add ginger and hibiscus petals and let cool for ten minutes
  2. Strain tea to remove ginger and hibiscus petals
  3. Add juice of one lemon
  4. Add ice and keep in fridge until ready to serve

 

 

Lemongrass Lavender Green Sun Tea

Lavender Tea – Just Add Ice!

 

 Health benefits: Helps to combat stress and insomnia, relieve digestive upset, promotes weight loss and boosts your immune system.

 

Ingredients

For 2 litres of tea,

2 litres of water

handful of fresh mint leaves

4 green tea bags

2 tbsp dried lemongrass

2 tbsp dried lavender

Ice

 

Instructions

  1. Pour water into a large jar
  2. Add mint, lemongrass, lavender and tea bags
  3. Allow to brew in the sun for a day
  4. Strain, add ice and refrigerate until ready to serve

 

Love these recipes but need some more sweetness? No problem! Simply add a pinch (or a couple of drops) of stevia to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

Don’t have time to make these teas?

For the times when making your own tea is just not going to happen, there are a few hidden gems around Toronto that can relieve your itch for super delicious and nutritious iced teas. Check out David’s Tea,  Say Tea (Bloor West Village), Herbal Infusions (King West), Moonbean Coffee or Samadhi Tea House (Kensington), Tsaa Tea Shop (Danforth), and Majesteas (Leslieville) for your tea fix and some tea recipe inspirations.

 

Summer just got a whole lot better.
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