We’ve been having some gorgeous weather in Southwestern Ontario! It’s a nice early start to summer. I relish the season of sitting on the front porch or back deck with a tall, refreshing glass of iced tea.
I haven’t always been a big iced tea fan. I’m really more of a coffee lover. However, I wanted to like iced tea, and I think I’ve finally got it right! This lemony tea is slightly sweetened with raw honey just the way I like it! I see more iced tea in our future now!
As I’ve learned during the time we’ve spent traveling in the United States, iced tea means different things to different people. Many Canadians think of the sweet, sugary drink that comes in a can or is mixed up from a powder (Do they still have that?). It bears little resemblance to actual brewed tea. It’s been ages since I’ve had that!
In the States, iced tea is more often real steeped tea that has been chilled. It comes either sweetened or unsweetened. The sweetened tea has far more sugar in it than I like, so I’ll combine the two when I have the opportunity. I should mention at this point that it’s just called tea there. In most places, if you ask for tea you’ll get iced tea. If you ask for hot tea, you might send the restaurant kitchen into a tizzy!
Since I enjoy my food and drink in the most natural form possible, I prefer my iced tea closer to the American style. I sweeten it with raw honey after the tea has cooled down a little, so as not to destroy the benefits of the honey. Raw honey is a good source of antioxidants and has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. However, heating honey destroys many of the nutrients and enzymes. I also give my tea some zip by adding a little lemon.
This iced tea is easy to make and refreshing. The caffeine will give you a little boost. You can enjoy a delicious, cold drink that’s actually good for you!
To amp things up, I’m adding a little recipe video for you! This is the first one I’ve made all by myself, so it took a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m sure they’ll get easier with practice. I hope you like it!
How do you like your iced tea?