It’s National Iced Tea Day (June 11), perfectly timed to the start of the hot summer. When you need a cool, refreshing, AND 0-calorie drink, iced tea is the perfect go-to beverage.
So here are a few different ways you can make iced tea, including iced Belight Tea.
How to Make Single-Serve Iced Tea
This is my favorite way to make iced tea, because single-serve means grab-n-go. I prepare a few of these bottles ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator, and grab one before I venture outside.
Since the bottles are made of glass, I don’t have to worry about BPA or other plastic chemicals leaching into the tea when I add hot water. They are also reusable, which is great for the environment, and making my own iced tea at home, saves me a lot of money compared to buying bottled drinks at the convenient store.
Here’s what you do:
Begin by collecting glass bottles, or even mason jars. I use everything from kombucha bottles to strawberry preserve jars. Removing the labels is optional, but just know it can turn into a sticky mess if you decide to remove them.
Pick out your favorite tea(s)–one for each bottle you have and preferably one(s) that won’t get bitter.
Heat water in a kettle or on the stove. If you bring the water all the way to boiling, turn it off and let the bubbles subside before pouring. Start with pure herbal blends, followed by the darkest teas: black, Pu-erh, Belight, pouring slowing into the jars with those infusions or teas. Then move on to oolongs. Pause a moment before continuing on to green to allow the water to cool slightly, and finally end with white, which should have the lowest water temperature.
Allow to sit on the counter while the water and jar cools, so you don’t burn yourself.
Once the water has cooled most of the way, remove tea bag, if possible. If you used loose leaf, or a tea bag without a string, it’s ok to let it sit in there. The tea may just become a little bitter (hence my recommendation to choose teas that won’t become bitter).
Screw on the cap, and place in the fridge. In about an hour or 2 you’ll have ready-to-drink, grab-n-go, single-serve iced tea.
How to Make Sun Tea with Belight
Grab a 64 ounce glass jar–available at most major retailers. Fill the jar with purified room temperature water.
Add 3 bags of Belight Tea–you can tape the tea tag to the outside of the jar to prevent the tea bag from falling in.
Set in a windowsill or other sunny area for 2 days (if you live in Phoenix); you might need couple extra days for less sunny areas. Ideally, shake or stir once per day.
When it reaches the right color, remove tea bags. Cover with lid and store in the fridge until ready to drink.
How to Make Belight Iced Tea Fast
When you’re in a hurry to drink Belight cold, and don’t want to wait 2-3 days for sun tea, or even wait for boiling water to cool, you can follow the instructions in this video and just use ice.
If you have any quick and easy ways to make iced tea, or specialty iced tea recipes, please share them in the comments below.