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It is so hot in Florida, right now. Though I am sure it’s HOT wherever you are too. As I try to watch what I eat (I promise my weekly food diary posts are coming back soon), I know staying hydrated is incredibly important, not only to stay full, and quench my thirst, but again because it’s like 300 degrees out. Or…we’re in the 90s, with a real-feel of 100.
I actually enjoy water as is, for the most part. But trying to drink as much water as I do, can get boring. I need some variety! I stay away from soda, and if we’re dining out, and I crave something other than water, I generally order an unsweetened tea, with lemon. This is also, sometimes…boring. I didn’t make the tea, so sometimes it’s weak tasting, or too strong. I try to stay away from sugar, and it’s not likely I can ask for a tsp of raw honey from the back.
…so I started making my own iced tea this summer! It just made sense, people. I have always enjoyed Bigelow Tea – they have so many different flavors, which makes traditional iced tea a thing of the past. I love finding new varieties depending on the season (their Salted Caramel is my favorite in the fall/winter!), and know I can find a different fruit flavored tea for my latest summer obsession; infused iced tea.
I knew for sure a flavorful iced tea should include lemon. Once I saw the I Love Lemon flavor, and the Mint Medley, an idea was born. I love adding fresh mint, and fresh lemon or lime slices to water, and thought these flavors would be perfect to enjoy as iced tea. I reallllllly wanted to try their raspberry tea, but my Walmart was out of it on my last trip. I guess others had the same idea. So I did the next best thing, adding fresh raspberries for natural sweetness, and extra infusion!
I like to make a batch of each tea flavor, and chill after steeping for about an hour or so. After, I like to mix the two teas into a pitcher, with fresh fruit, and mint, and call it a day. Easy.
…and a bit of raw honey. Because. why not? Raspberry Mint Iced Tea is refreshing this time of year, and the perfect way to stay hydrated when it’s hotter than HOT, outside.
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- 8 bags I Love Lemon Bigelow Tea
- 3 bags Mint Medley tea
- 12 cups water for tea
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey, to taste
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves, plus additional sprigs for garnish
- Fresh raspberries, for garnish
- Fresh lemon slices, for garnish
- To a teapot or saucepan, bring 12 cups of water to a boil over medium heat. Add the tea bags and let them steep for 8-10 minutes. Throw away tea bags. Allow the tea to cool for about an hour. Pour the liquid into a large pitcher/carafe.
- To the pitcher, mix in honey, mint leaves, lemon slices, and raspberries.
- When ready to drink, feel free to garnish each glass, with fresh mint sprigs, lemon and raspberries.
Learn how to make the perfect pitcher of iced tea from Bigelow Tea, here.
Bigelow Tea is available at Walmart, in the coffee/tea aisle: