Budget Friendly Ways to Jazz Up Your Iced Tea

This time of year Iced Tea is everywhere. Here in Florida we drink it year round, but in the good old summer time it is absolutely necessary. Now there are two basic ways to make great iced tea that are easy to learn and produce slightly different, but always tasty results. You can check out my Quick and Easy Guide to Making Great Iced Tea to learn more.

For those of you that want to be a bit more daring however, I have some new and exciting ways that you can jazz up your iced tea.

  • Add fruit: A wedge of lemon, lime or other citrus is pretty familiar, but have you ever tried a piece of pineapple or a handful of berries? Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries all bring a little sweet surprise to any glass of iced tea. If you are really feeling adventurous, you can toss in a handful of pomegranate seeds or a couple slices of peach.
  • Frozen Fruit: Freeze any of the fruits mentioned above and use THEM as your iced cubes. Now that's fun! I like to freeze strawberries and put them in a glass of my Strawberry Boost Iced Tea. The frozen strawberries really enhance the strawberry notes in the tea.
  • Get fizzy with it: Mixing a little sparkling water with your iced tea can liven up any afternoon. If your iced tea is flavored, I would go with a unflavored sparkling water addition. Feel free to experiment though. I would plan on two parts iced tea to one part sparkling water.
  • Juice it up: Mixing a small amount of fruit juice with your iced tea is yet another way to make it special. Citrus juices usually work the best. Just be sure to not add too much. As a rule, you want your tea taste to be the most prominent.
  • Add Herbs: Now the obvious choice would be mint leaves, however this is not the only possibility. Believe it or not a snip of parsley or basil can complement your favorite iced tea very nicely.

The best thing about jazzing up your iced tea is that there aren't any set rules. You can try one, some or all of the ideas mentioned above and have a wonderful time doing it and drinking the results.

What do you like to add to your iced tea?