Summer Ice Tea with Freshpak

Freshpak TeaSummer 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.
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  • tumi
    Posted at 16:14h, 02 October Reply

    Hi Teetee! I’m in desperate need of pampering!! Between year end at work and late night study sessions my body NEEDS some TLC!

  • Nandipha Bheqezi
    Posted at 18:21h, 02 October Reply

    Hello TeeTee 🙂 I have my birthday coming up and just found out that I have 2 exams the day after so I’ll be studying on my special day. I NEED the TLC 🙁

  • Fanelesibonge
    Posted at 19:25h, 02 October Reply

    It would be such a great post exam needed pampering to help revatilize and relax the body after so much pressure and tension from all the exam stress and I’ve never to a spa before so I’d love the awesome experience. Thanx!

  • Zinhle MDLALOSE
    Posted at 19:55h, 02 October Reply

    Well, where do I begin. Other than the fact that I have been monitoring my own intake of alcohol, sugar and starches (which by the way leads me to ask, how would honey instead of sugar affect the taste of this delicious recipe that I am going to try because I absolutely am with you on that Cranberry/pomegranate flavor tip), I have also really buried my head into working to achieve the goals I set out at the beginning of the year (documented on my own blog). Two of these goals have really worked out magically as far as secular work is concerned but have meant that I really have had to focus on priorities of necessity other than luxuries or pampering sessions. I literally have not been to a spa in 3.5 years, come to think of it. As a result all the burying of heads and studying for multiple exams as well as bagging a new job in the heart of their deepest-of-ends period, my shoulders are in knots, my nails are nothing short of sad and my skin needs help getting back it’s natural glow. In short, a Mangwanani spa voucher would really go a long way in getting me back to summer ready, not just physically but definitely emotionally as well (stress levels). This would also be impeccably timed as my boyfriend (I am planning on marrying this one) is moving back home in a month and a half, and it would really expedite the engagement process if he found the familiar glow on my face and the sparkle in my eyes when he returns. ☺️

    Anyway, without going into further detail, please know that this voucher would have found a true home with me.

    I really do hope that I can win this one ✊✊✊✊

    And PS I am a huge fan of the Freshpak Rooibos and their clear green tea range. I enjoy atleast one cup of each a day 🙂

  • Nonkululeko Mokoena
    Posted at 09:06h, 03 October Reply

    I love tea, I enjoy your blogs I stalk your IG page….and I need a minute away from my 3 boys (husband and 2 boys) just to sip tea and relax. Guilt free!

    Oh and when you want to get rid of your old clothes…🙋🙋🙋 pick me

  • Nomcebo Sithole
    Posted at 12:42h, 05 October Reply

    Hi Tee, I am currently doing my MA: history of arts and usually work late nights and early mornings. Together with being a mom and a full time employee always find myself stressed and tied. I’m a lover of rooibos tea and love the calmness it brings to my life. I also love the freshpak Green tea and chamomile tea, these are my life savers. First time seeing these flavoured teas from freshpak will try them out, the ice tea looks good. That spa treatment will sure be appreciated. it need with the life I live. ooh by the way I love your fashion sense and enjoy reading your blog.

  • Atlegang Mosimanekgosi
    Posted at 16:23h, 05 October Reply

    Hi Thithi.

    I want this prize, because my muscles need a treat for all these kilometres that they have been chowing. 🙂

  • nothile khumalo
    Posted at 09:03h, 06 October Reply

    Hi Thithi I would love this prize because I have lost some weight 17kilos and would love the opportunity to just relax my muscles and body because I work very long hours get home at 12 midnight but still wake up at 5:30 am and make it to gym because I wanted to see change and prove to myself that I can do it and inspire others.

  • Zama Marubelela
    Posted at 21:59h, 06 October Reply

    Hey Teetee! Literally love these teas, came across them a couple of weeks ago and I have a new found obsession lol. I would really like to win this spa voucher as I would love some time to myself to relax this summer. I’ve been working super hard all year round since I am in matric- late nights, endless extra lessons and not to mention the pressure that comes with it all. I would love some time to unwind after finals while I anxiously wait for my result! I hope you consider me for this really great prize x

  • Rido
    Posted at 14:02h, 08 October Reply

    Hi, I would love to win because I took my time to read the instruction carefully and I took screenshots of this amazingly presented ice tea! I am going to buy Freshpak and tell my family and friends about it.. Can’t wait

  • Erin Abrahams
    Posted at 15:12h, 09 October Reply

    Hi Teetee! Ahh this would be the best way to end exams! Plus I’ve never been to this spa before – which is crazy. I literally went out and bough some Freshpak tea just to try these out! Also, shoutout for all the rad competitions 🙂

  • Thembakazi Matroshe
    Posted at 14:55h, 16 October Reply

    Hey TeeTee.
    Winning this competition would be really amazing. I think everyone of us needs pampering every now and then, especially at this time of the year. I would definitely appreciate the gift😊

  • Shelley
    Posted at 15:05h, 16 October Reply

    Hey T! I believe that it’s so important to look after one’s body/mind/soul…because our daily lives are extremely fast-paced and busy, be it with work, household responsibilities, family or friends. This time out would give me the opportunity for introspection, time to recharge and fuel up for the last few hurdles before the end of the year!

  • Foyin Og
    Posted at 11:12h, 24 October Reply

    Hi Thithi! Not only am I a massive fan of ice teas – especially in the summer time because they’re healthier than my go-to Fanta orange or a shmancy cocktail – this past week I’ve been involved in the #FeesMustFall protests here at UCT. Since Monday I’ve been photographing the revolution and right about now, my everything hurts. A spa treatment when I go home after exams would be everything ❤️ I would appreciate it so much!

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