On a scorching summer’s day, sipping on a hot cup of freshly brewed green tea isn’t that appealing, right? But who says green tea need only be had hot? Green tea is even more refreshing and nourishing, with all its numerous health benefits intact, when iced and mixed with some fruits, roots and honey!
Here are four exciting green tea recipes, on ice! Take your pick – Watermelon Green Iced Tea or a Green Tea and Ginger one or a frosty Green Tea Cinnamon Smoothie or the Mango Green Iced Tea. Whether you want to make it for yourself or for a summer party or just for your family, these iced green teas and smoothies are very delicious to drink and will make for some great summer memories with your loved ones!
Watermelon Green Iced Tea:
- 4 cups seedless watermelon flesh, cubed
- 2 cups hot water
- 3 green tea bags
- Juice of 1 lime
- Sugar to taste
- Blend the watermelon cubes in a blender until pureed. Use a strainer to remove the pulp completely and keep the puree smooth.
- In a sauce pan, boil the water and add the green tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then remove the bags.
- Allow the tea to cool at room temperature before adding the watermelon puree, lime juice and sugar. You can also use raw honey instead of sugar, if you are counting calories.
- Serve immediately over ice.
Iced Green Tea with Ginger:
This is an all day, any time refresher which is easy to make with ingredients that are readily available in every household. It takes about five minutes to make, but the effects of the antioxidants in the green tea are everlasting. Drink up for a healthier you!
- 6 green tea bags
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 100 grams of fresh, unpeeled sliced ginger
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Fresh sprigs of mint
- Lemon wedges (optional) for garnish
- Add the water and ginger to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the bags to steep for 15 minutes.
- Carefully remove and strain the tea bags and ginger. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the honey, lemon juice and stir.
- Refrigerate until chilled.
- Serve over iced cubes with lemon wedges and mint sprigs as garnish.
Green Tea Cinnamon Honey Smoothie:
Making a smoothie is an easy way to whip up something nutritious when you don’t have a lot of time. This low-calorie cinnamon, honey and green tea smoothie makes for a chilled caffeine break when the temperature rises. Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea have both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties. In addition, research has shown that honey may help regulate blood sugar levels, meaning you won’t feel sluggish after this afternoon snack. The next time you’re feeling like you could use a frosty beverage, forget the Frappuccino and make this 139-calorie smoothie instead.
For this recipe, use two or more green tea bags to brew a cup or two of tea, depending on how strong you’d like it, then keep the tea chilled in your fridge until ready to use. You can also add greens of your choice, like kale or spinach, to add a few more nutrients to this smoothie without altering the taste.
- ½ cup brewed green tea
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- Half a banana
- Add one to two scoops of crushed ice to a blender, along with all ingredients.
- Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Mango Green Iced Tea:
It isn’t summer if they are no mangoes! And a fresh mango and green tea on ice is just the drink to keep us happy and cool all summer long! Bring home those delicious Dusseris, Langdas, Chausas and Alphonsos and blend them into a tall glass of happiness!
- 4 mangoes, peeled and sliced
- 6 cups water
- 6 green tea bags
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Fresh mint to garnish
- Puree mango in a blender with 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside.
- Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, add tea bags, cover pot with lid and turn off heat.
- Allow the tea bags to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Remove bags from the pot and pour in mango puree. Add remaining sugar and mix well.
- Pour mixture over ice, garnish with mint and serve chilled.