Doesn’t everyone love being awakened by the warm sunshine peeking through their window and the pleasant sound of birds singing? Until it hits you — You have One hundred things to check off your to-do list, too many follow up phone calls to count, 5 minutes to get your daughter to her morning lacrosse practice — and OH SHIT! — her uniform is still in the washing machine!
Yes, those mornings — I have them more often then I would like to admit. I swear I am a planner, but no matter how much I plan — there is ALWAYS that one something (usually the uniform).
No time for breakfast and I definitely need a morning pick me up — So, Luckily, I have the perfect pit stop to bail me out on mornings like this — our town favorite, The Country Plaza deli (aka The Million Dollar Deli). It’s such a happy place, where I’m always greeted with a friendly smile, a pleasant conversation, and, most often, a friend or two from town, grabbing their morning coffee or an egg sandwich. The sandwiches, salads, and acai bowls are all AMAZING, but their famous, freshly brewed iced tea — THE BEST!
Many of you know, I have an obsession with tea (hot or cold), and I have tried iced teas from all over Long Island — Trust me, “Million Dollars” is impressive and will have you craving more.
I found myself craving it so often that I had to try and recreate it. It took me months, working every tea on the market (many of which already occupied my pantry shelves and tea draw). Finally, I came up with just the right ratio of tea, lemon, and sweetener to calm my cravings. Thank goodness it is easy enough to whip up — even on those nights that the need hits at 11 pm.
Did you know: 48 billion servings of tea are consumed in the US each year, out of which 80% are iced. I would say it is a pretty popular choice — you can find some of the more trendy ones like Chai and Bubble Tea popping up on menus all over the map.
Coffee used to be my go-to morning beverage, back when I was a full-blown caffeine addict — until I started having some intense acid reflux issues and my doctor recommended I switch from coffee to decaffeinated tea. I began researching how to reduce my caffeine intake — I was surprised to learn that I was getting caffeine from other sources other than my morning coffee (read more about that here), And even decaffeinated tea has a very small amount of caffeine. — But not to worry — by law teas that are labeled decaffeinated must have less than 2.5% of its original caffeine content.
Lets take a look — You most likely have many of the ingredients already in your pantry and refrigerator.
Here’s what you will need:
2 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Sachets (I find this tastes the most similar, but feel free to sub in your favorite tea.
One whole lemon. Half for fresh lemon juice and a half to slice thin for a beautiful garnish
Two sprigs of a fresh mint leaf to garnish — see note below
One packet of stevia sweetener
Two or three cups of ice cubes
One 16 oz Mason jar
So easy to whip up — here’s how:
Add your sweetener packet to the bottom of a large mug.
Carefully fill the mug with hot water and add two tea sachets. Give it a quick stir to make sure the sweetener is fully dissolved. Let the tea steep for five minutes.
While your tea is steeping, fill your mason jar to the top with ice.
Slice half of the lemon into skinny slices and set aside
Squeeze the remaining half of the lemon over the ice in the mason jar. I use a **** to ensure I get all the juice out.
Pour the tea over the ice and top with your lemon slices. I sometimes add different fruits, as well. Some of my favorites are raspberries or peaches. Be creative; make it fit your tastes and add what you love.
Note – I use fresh mint from my garden, but If you do not have mint in the garden — not to worry, most grocery stores sell small bunches of it. When you get it home, wash it, trim the stems, and place in a mason jar with approximately 1 inch of water. store in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to 7 days. Any remaining mint can be dried for later use — read how to dry it here. If you are not currently growing mint, you should — It is easy to grow, smells great, you do not need much space to grow it (a pot on the porch is the perfect spot), And it is a great garnish in many recipes.Print
My Favorite Healthy Iced Tea Recipe
A delicious, healthy, freshly brewed iced tea recipe.
2 Bigelow Decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea Sachets
2 cups boiling water
1 whole lemon
1 stevia sweetener packet
Fresh mint for garnish
2 or 3 cups of ice
16 oz mason jar
1. Add you sweetener packet to the bottom of a large mug
2. Carefully fill the mug with boiling water and add both tea sachets. give it a quick stir to ensure the sweetener is fully dissolved. Let steep for 5 minutes
3. While the tea is steeping, fill your mason jar to the top with ice
4. Slice half of the lemon very thin. Set aside for garnish. I like to wash the outside of my lemon before slicing
5. Squeeze the remaining half of the lemon over the ice in your mason jar
6. After the tea has steeped for five minutes, pour it over the ice.
7. Add lemon slices for garnish and a piece of the fresh mint
I use Bigelow decaffeinated earl grey tea because it is the most similar to my favorite Million Dollar Iced Tea, but use your favorite tea and adjust to taste.
This is my favorite basic iced tea recipe that can be modified for many purposes. Quench your thirst on a scorching summer day or use it in your favorite Long Island Iced Teas recipe for a night with some friends. Make individual servings in mason jars or lots of servings in a pitcher. As you know, it is my go-to summer refreshment, but honestly, I drink it all year long, so I like to use decaffeinated tea; that way, I don’t feel guilty when I drink more than one — most days, I’m working on two or three ; ) If caffeine helps carry you through the day, switch it out and you will run smoothly until every last errand is crossed off that damn list — that is until the new one begins tomorrow.
Did you know: Tea is part of a 10 million dollar industry and aside from water, one of the most consumed beverages in the world. There are endless varieties — your most common being Black, green, white, and oolong — each has a very specific flavor and set of steeping times. How long you steep a tea affects the strength of flavor. You should try different times adjusting in thirty-second intervals to adjusted according to your personal taste.
For good reason, teas have been consumed for thousands of years as a medicinal treatment for anxiety, stomach ailments, to help with inflammation, to help boost your immune system, and possibly ward off certain cancers and heart disease. The benefits of drinking tea go far beyond just being refreshing. There are lots of studies that show how drinking just one cup a day can benefit your overall health. Read more about the benefits of drinking tea here at Science Daily.
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