I’m a huge fan of tea…okay, okay, I admit it, I’m obsessed.
It’s just so tasty! I love to make iced decaffeinated green tea. If you name your drink a longer name, it sounds more impressive. Right!
You’re at Starbucks and tell the barista you’d like an iced frat double whipped espresso soy bean mochaccino. Okay, I don’t know if that’s really something they actually serve, but it always sounds so funny how long the names are.
Best Green Tea Recipe
The best way to make ice tea is in an ice tea maker. I don’t like to boil the water and make it by hand (and spend more money heating up my stove top) when I can have a contraption that does all the work for me! Go technology! LOL
This is the one I use (pictured above). You can get it here on Amazon.
When I purchased it, it was on sale for $25-$30 and I thought for SURE the glass would break because it does have a glass pitcher instead of plastic.
But actually, it’s held up nicely. No breaks so far and it’s going on about 2 years now. It’s also a LOT easier to clean than plastic. Tea stains plastic so easily and is not as toxic-friendly as it’s counterpart, glass.
To use the ice tea maker, you just pour water in the pitcher to the line, then pour that water in the tea maker. Fill the pitcher up with ice, put your green tea bags in the tea maker chamber and push ON.
It’s literally that simple.
In less than 5 minutes, you have perfectly brewed ice tea!
One trick that I discovered that saves me money is by only using 4 tea bags instead of 5. One time I was out of tea and so I used 4 instead of 5 and it actually came out just as tasty. It’s a little lighter, so I’m getting more water in me, which is good anyway, right.
It still tastes the same to me, but now I can get 5 uses out of a box of tea (20 bags) rather than 4 batches. I just set the brew strength lever on the side of the ice tea maker to “strong” so it comes out stronger, using less tea bags.
Over time, this can really add up and such a simple change.
After the tea is brewed, I fill up my glass with ice, then halfway full of the tea.
The rest of the ways of the drinking glass, I fill up with water.
If you like your tea sweetened (and I do), I use NuNaturals Alcohol Free NuStevia. You can get it here on Amazon, but I get mine at Fred Meyers (as I’ve heard the Amazon one is bitter and the one at Fred Meyer is the one that says “non-bitter” at the bottom right in front of the 2 fl. oz. and it usually runs $12-$14.
I use 10-12 drops of the sweetener in one drinking glass. I’m not sure how many uses are in a bottle, but the sweetener bottle usually lasts me a month or two and you don’t have to refrigerate it after opening, so that is a bonus.
By far, this is my favorite drink to drink all year round. It is super tasty and has so many wonderful health benefits. It’s sure to become your favorite way of making tea as well!