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The healthiest way to stay cool

By Jessie Price, August 14, 2009 - 11:20am

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I’m a huge fan of tea. Hot or cold, I just love it. I drink it all day long in the winter and I always have a big pitcher of iced tea in my fridge in the summer. Luckily tea is a healthy addiction. (Find out how tea can help your health and get the secret to maximizing tea’s health benefits.)

I must have inherited my love of iced tea from my dad. Whenever I’m on the back patio at his house in the summer there are always at least two big glass containers filled with his special sun tea blend with mint and cloves.

Like lemonade and other refreshing summer drink recipes, making your own iced tea is easy. Pick your favorite types of tea and get started with these delicious iced-tea blends:

Hibiscus-Pomegranate Iced Tea: Steep 1/4 cup loose hibiscus tea (or 12 herbal tea bags that contain hibiscus) in 4 cups boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. (If you have a large tea ball, you can use it to steep loose tea). Strain (or remove tea bags or ball) and pour into a large pitcher. Stir in 1 cup pomegranate juice (or nectar) and 4 cups cold water. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice with lemon slices.

Orange-Earl Grey Iced Tea

Green Jasmine-Mint Iced Tea with Lemon

Want something a little more super-charged? Try this Iced Mint Green Tea that’s blended with sake.

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Jessie Price
Jessie Price is the editor-in-chief of EatingWell magazine. Besides her work on 11 other EatingWell books, she is the author of the James Beard Award-winning The Simple Art of EatingWell and EatingWell One-Pot Meals. She lives in Charlotte, Vermont where she stays busy growing her own vegetables in the summer and tracking down great Vermont food products when she’s not working.

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