02 Oct Summer Ice Tea with Freshpak
Summer time means bare legs, lightweight dresses, summer whites, citrus hues and outdoor parties. It means fresh fruit, lazy picnics, sunglasses, dips in the pool and daydreaming at work about your perfect holiday.
Summer time also means keeping hydrated, and if I’m not drinking water (or champagne), I’m purposefully choosing healthier options like homemade ice tea to stay hydrated. As my go to non-carbonated drink, ice tea is a staple in my shopping basket, but ever since I started watching my sugar intake I have opted to not be lazy and shop off the shelf, but to DIY it, which has become so much easier given the wide array of flavoured teas in the market.
I am a particular fan of using the Freshpak flavoured teas to make my homemade ice teas because they are Rooibos based teas, which means they are caffeine free and rich in anti-oxidants.
My current favourite flavours to play around with are the new variants from Freshpak: Cranberry and Pomegranate (pictured here) as well as the Watermelon and Mint flavoured teas; because watermelon is always a good idea and cranberry and pomegranate flavoured anything is everything.
Now, you all know I don’t like to complicate my life when it comes to fashion and the same applies to food and drinks, so the ice tea recipe is super simple and easy to make…
All you need to do to make a jug of ice tea is place three to five Cranberry and Pomegranate tea bags in boiling water, add some slightly muddled pomegranate rubies so you can get some additional sweet tangy pomegranate flavour in the tea and allow to sit for a couple of hours. I like to let the tea cool down on its own with the teabags in so that as much flavour can seep into the water, which means you won’t have to use a lot of sugar to add taste. Once the tea is cooled down I add sugar sparingly, taking into consideration that I am reducing my sugar intake and can control how much sugar is going into my ice tea. I find it’s better to add sugar after you have added everything so you can really taste the tea first. I finish off my ice tea by adding a squeeze of lime and some lime slices for visuals.