I make a lot of iced tea in the summer too. I can't have caffeine...so mine is an herbal tea or decaf teabags. I like Luzianne Tea the best. Here's my recipe.
Bonnie's BRANDY SLUSH
7 c. water, 2 c. sugar, 7-Up, 2 c. water (boiling), 4 tea bags, 1 (12 oz.) frozen orange juice, 1 (12 oz.) frozen lemonade, 2 c. brandy
Bring water and sugar to a boil. Cool. Steep tea. Cool. Mix all ingredients in ice cream pail. Put in freezer overnight. To serve: Scoop slush into glass 2/3 full. Add 7-Up. Serve - enjoy. Garnish with cherries and orange slices if desired.
Balisha's Iced Tea
6 to 8 tea bags
1 quart hot water (4 cups)
1 quart cold water (4 cups)
1/4 cup honey, optional
Get out a 2-quart size sauce pan. Put the hot water in it and bring it to a boil. Add the tea bags. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. No more, no less. Set the timer. If the tea sits for too long, it will extract bitter elements from the tea leaves, making the finished product taste horrible. I find with decaf tea...it should steep a little longer maybe a half hour. When the time is up, remove the tea bags. Put the cold water into a 2-quart size pitcher. Pour the hot tea into the pitcher, over top of the cold water. You put the cold water in first, because the hot tea could melt the pitcher, seeing as it is so hot. The cold water acts as a buffer, and cools the tea. Add the honey if you like, stirring to dissolve it completely. Put the pitcher into the fridge to cool. Or it can be poured directly into an ice filled frosty glass.
Now this is supposed to be a gardening blog.....so here's where the garden comes in. I like to decorate my tea with a lemon slice, a sprig of mint, sometimes an orange slice with a maraschino cherry on the straw. There are lots of herbs in the garden that will make a fine tea. I personally like the mint teas also a friend makes one with raspberry leaves. She harvests the leaves and dries them. She drinks it during the winter.
Tasty Prairie Tea from my friend Mimi...
A naturally sweet herbal tea, which has no caffeine and is loaded with trace minerals.'Tasty Prairie Tea' because some of the ingredients are indigenous to the Prairie. A cup of it before bedtime or to soothe a sore throat.
1 part fennel,1 part rosehips,1 part hibiscus flowers,1part red raspberry leaves, 1part peppermint leaves,1 part chamomile. Add 2 tsp of loose leaf tea to one cup of boiled water and steep for five minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.
Hope you all can keep cool on a hot day with some of these ideas. I drink Iced Tea with dinner almost everyday...but not in the winter. It's a special summer drink.