How To Add Flavor To Your Iced Green Tea
There are a lot of recipes for flavored green tea available on the internet. Some are more involved than others.
I prefer the acronym KISS (keep it simple stupid) when flavoring my iced green tea. What I mean by that is that I like to infuse the flavors into the green tea, rather than forcing them in or adding strange ingredients. Let me explain.
Many fruits and herbs can be used to flavor iced tea. Peaches, mango, strawberries and mint are a few examples. In order to use fruits and herbs to flavor your tea you do not need juice or extract, you often just need the fruit.
What I do is when I brew green tea to make Iced green tea I brew about two quarts of tea at a time. Once brewed these two quarts go into the refrigerator for enjoyment later that day and beyond. If I want to flavor the tea I just add chunks of fruit and let them sit in the green tea for at least 12 hours and often longer.
You do not need to puree or blanch the fruit or get real fancy with it. For example, want peach green tea? Take two peaches, peel and cut them into quarters and drop them into two quarts of semi cooled green tea. In 12 hours you will have a great tasting peach green tea.
Doing it this way, is not only great tasting and easy as pie, it is also very healthy. You are only adding natural fresh fruit. No added sugars or preservatives touch your green tea.
You can get fancy, as I have, by purchasing a Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher, it is a great way to infuse fruit into tea and water. Or you can just plop the fruit into any old container you choose to store your freshly brewed green tea.
With green tea, keep it simple, don’t overdo the fruit flavors and don’t ruin the health benefits of green tea by adding a bunch of crap.