Blueberry Iced Green Tea
This blueberry iced green tea is a refreshing way to keep cool on hot summer days.
Servings: makes 8 cups Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients
8 cups water
4 green tea bags
1 cup blueberry syrup or to taste
ice
Directions

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat.
Mix in 1/2 cup of room temperature water, add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and add the remaining water.
Mix in the blueberry syrup until it reaches the desired sweetness.
Chill in the fridge, add ice and enjoy.

Blueberry Iced Green Tea

This blueberry iced green tea is a refreshing way to keep cool on hot summer days.

Servings: makes 8 cups 

Prep Time: 5 minutes 
Cook Time: 5 minutes 
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. Mix in 1/2 cup of room temperature water, add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and add the remaining water.
  4. Mix in the blueberry syrup until it reaches the desired sweetness.
  5. Chill in the fridge, add ice and enjoy.
"When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?"
— Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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THAI ICED TEA

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole star anise
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 5 cups water
  • 8 Assam black tea bags
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cups coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil. Stir in the honey, then add the tea bags, star anise and cardamom. Cover and steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Chill the tea in the fridge until it as at least room temperature, preferably cooler if you can wait!
  3. Fill a glass with ice, then fill the glass ¾ of the way full with the chilled tea (make sure it’s chilled so it doesn’t melt the ice cubes and make for a watery tea).
  4. Top each glass with 2-4 tablespoons of coconut milk and serve immediately!
  5. Store the extra brewed tea separate from the coconut milk in the refrigerator for 1 week.

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