Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Another refreshing summer beverage!

It's that time of year when we just crave something cold and filled with ice cubes! Of course plain old water is the best thirst-quencher of all, but I try to keep a pitcher of something else in the fridge as well as a pitcher of water. Here's my favorite, very adaptable, ice tea recipe!


12 cups boiling water
12 green tea bags
1 cup sugar
4 Tblsp. orange juice
4 Tblsp. lemon juice

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags in a large bowl. Let steep 5 to 7 minutes only. Stir in sugar and juices. Stir well; let cool. Transfer to a pitcher and let chill in refrigerator. Serve over ice.

This recipe may easily be halved and is very adaptable. I often add in some lime juice along with the other citrus juices, and usually when I halve the recipe I still use the full amount of fruit juice. Sometimes I use regular tea in place of the green tea -- just as tasty! Sometimes I use 11 regular tea bags and 1 flavored one such as mint, raspberry, or peach. Gives a nice, different flavor.


  1. Hi Mrs. T,
    Thank you to you and Carrie for another great recipe. I would imagine that there are some significant health benefits using green tea!
    I was reading your devotional and appreciating the simple truth of continuing to be faithful. I was also struck with the realization that your grandchildren will have these very devotionals to fill out someday when they are older. I would imagine that little Sam will appreciate your train analogies quite a bit:). You may have written these for little people but we big people need to be reminded of these truths also. Have a great Tuesday!

  2. Hi Rachel --

    Yes, I think that using green tea does make this a healthy beverage. We sure do enjoy it however I make it.

    I'm glad you are enjoying the devotional pages I've been posting from time to time. I know what you mean -- every year when I write the devotional book for that summer, I am so blessed by being reminded of the simple truths concerning salvation and living the Christian life. It's always spiritually refreshing for me even though it is a lot of work.

    The last couple of years I have given one of the current devotional books to each of my kids and ther families. The kids may be a little young for them now, but yes, it's a blessing to realize they will use them someday.

    Thanks for your sweet, encouraging comments, Rachel!


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