Iced Honey Green Tea

"Iced green tea is great in the summer -- it's cool, it's got that slight bitter edge, and it's full of healthy antioxidants. You can keep this in a pitcher in the refrigerator and drink it whenever you need something to help you cool down. I make it with decaffeinated green tea so I don't get all wired. I have also made it using "green tea with mint" and that was excellent chilled. This proportion assumes you are going to pour it over ice; you could probably water it down a bit if you are going to drink it without ice. I never sweeten my green tea, so I can't tell you how much honey or sweetener to use, but that's a matter of personal taste anyway. I got this idea from a box of Celestial Seasonings brand green tea."
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  • Heat 2 cups water until very hot, not quite boiling.
  • Pour over the tea bags in a heat-resistant container.
  • Steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • If you are using honey or another sweetener, add it to this hot tea.
  • Add 2 cups of cold water.
  • Refrigerate all the tea.
  • Serve over ice.

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  1. gailanng
    I hear it's still cold and snowy in other parts of the USA. A sippy to those unfortunates that are being gypped out of spring.
  2. brandimcd
    Although I modified it quite a bit, I still needed someone to tell me how to make it, and this is definitely the way to go! Used 6 cups of water total, 4 green tea bags, 2 chai tea bags, 3 splenda packets and 2 tablespoons of honey. MMMMMMMM. Thanks! Been hitting the spot all week!
  3. BerrySweet
    Made a double batch with Jasmine tea. This makes a nice light & refreshing tea. We like ours unsweetened to enjoy the full tea flavor.
  4. Chef RZ Fan
    Loved this and it is a nice change from the usual I used Celestial Seasonings green tea bags and added 1/4 cup of our local honey to the hot tea. Wonderful stuff - Thanks !
  5. ladypit
    I decided I needed to try something like this before the ladies in the Healthy For The Holidays Challenge find out how much diet soda I am drinking and plan an intervention! I haven't had green tea in a while but this sounded good. I followed your recipe fully though I added a generous shake of splenda as I like my teas sweet. I found that it was more watered down then I would have liked. Next time I'll use 2 more tea bags. But a nicely flavored drink. Thanks, nose!


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