Cold brew tea is an absolute staple in our home every summer. This refreshing drink is so simple to make, and it’s also super tasty. Plus it’s also gut-healthy and an excellent alternative to sugar-laden sodas! What’s not to love?!
Beating the Southern Summer Heat
September in the South country can be tricky. If you can believe it, sometimes it can be the hottest month of the year! I remember one of my first summers in Louisiana was so hot, I thought my Yankee born and breed self was gonna blow up and die. We had over 40 days with highs in the triple digits that summer and by the time September got here, I was convinced that I had moved to the gateway of hell itself. We have had a much needed reprieve from those highs in the 100’s for the last three summers, but this year, there was no doubt that we were due.
The fiery furnace cranked back up the heat and humidity and reminded us all that yes, we still live in Louisiana, and the air has returned to its usual spicy, sultry self. As it turns out, even the Ohio half of this blog has experienced a late summer arrival that has them sweating it out as well. So, in honor of end of summer sultry days, I thought it would be appropriate to give y’all a little refreshment in the form of cold brewed tea. Sweet tea in the South is king, and this fruity version is perfectly enjoyed with a gentle breeze, soft rays of sunshine and a porch swing. Add a little Ella and Louis playing in the background, and it will be simply transcendent!
Cold Brew Tea Recipe
What You’ll Need
1/2 Gallon glass jar
4 Herbal Tea Bags (whatever is your favorite…I love Tazo Passion or Wild Sweet Orange. I also love Stash Blueberry Superfruit, Wild Raspberry Hibiscus, or Mango Passionfruit. The Republic of Tea has some really amazing flavors as well.)
1/4 Cup Raw Cane Sugar
1/4 tsp. Stevia Powder
1/4 Cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Lemon or Lime Juice
Generous Pinch of Celtic Grey Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
Fill a half gallon Mason jar with water, leave room for Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon juice.
Add teabags to the jar. (I removed the paper labels.)
Place jar in the fridge or on your counter top over night.
Remove teabags and add the sugar, stevia, ACV, lemon juice and salt.
Mix well with a whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour over ice and add a garnish, if you are so inclined. I have a giant basil plant…which seems to be the only plant I haven’t killed yet…and it made a lovely and tasty garnish. You could also use fresh mint or a lime wedge. Enjoy!
*Note: This will keep in your fridge for several days until you add the sugar to it.
A More Frugal Drink Option
As always, we encourage you to make your own healthy drinks and snacks at home. Buying bottled tea is pricey! You can literally make a gallon of this tea for pennies. Making your own drinks and snacks for your family is not only a more frugal option, but it is often the more healthy option as well. It’s hard to avoid nasty ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, GMOS, and other preservatives when you buy things pre-made from the grocery. Make your own to save those dollars and stay healthy!