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Best Summer Drinks: Iced Tea Edition

Best Summer Drinks: Iced Tea Edition

When hosting summer picnics and dinners, we tend to focus too much on the food, and a little less on the refreshments. Now that aesthetic drinks are taking over, how about you skip the store-bought soda and go for homemade summer drinks that taste ten times better and look good for the gram!

I’ve curated 5 fun and flavorful iced tea recipes online that’ll quench your thirst and collect all the likes online. You’ll be surprised at the number of beautiful drink recipes you can brew with just a couple of tea bags!

Asian Drinks for the Summer

To all the tangy iced tea fans, this Tamarind Iced Tea recipe from The Woks of Life is for you! Their recipe calls for half a cup of tamarind concentrate, 4 black tea bags, lemon, and a sweetener of your choice.

To make this drink, black tea is steeped in boiling water for 20 minutes to achieve maximum flavor. Once your tea has brewed and cooled, tamarind concentrate, lemon slices, sweeteners, and two cups of ice are added in a pitcher.

Just like that, you and your friends can delight in a pleasantly sour drink that’s loaded with flavor and antioxidants. The sour tamarind will tickle your tastebuds and lemon slices will cool the body. One glass, please!

We all love boba milk tea but one of the best drinks for hot summer days is a good fruit tea!

This Lychee Boba Bubble Tea recipe from Honest Food Talks uses ingredients you can easily find in your local Asian grocery, including black tea or green tea, lychees, plant-based milk, sugar syrup and everyone’s favorite ingredient, boba pearls.

First, you’ll have to steep the tea and cook your boba pearls on two separate pots. While waiting, you can already peel and destone your lychees. Using canned lychees works for this recipe too! When the boba is cooked, coat it with sugar syrup. Now, you can begin assembly.

Start with your boba pearls, add milk, followed by the fruit, then finish with the steeped tea. Stir, serve, and sip on your summer drink that perfectly balances the earthy flavors of tea and the sweetness of lychee!

Boba Iced Tea Ingredients

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Whatever the season, matcha green tea will always hit the spot. And since plenty of you drink matcha to start your days, you want a recipe that’s super easy to make and remember! This simple recipe from Pinch Your Yum is just the thing.

Their recipe calls for a teaspoon of matcha green powder which you should mix with a few drops of water to make a thick green tea paste. If you have a matcha whisk, this is your chance to use it!

Afterwards, combine it with a cup of milk and a teaspoon of sweetener in a sealable jar. Shake it vigorously until incorporated. If shaking isn’t your thing in the morning. stirring it with a straw is enough and can treat you to a delightful sight of green matcha swirling down your milk.

If you really want the most no-fuss option, my favorite instant matcha product is Ranong Tea Matcha Green Tea Latte. It has the golden ratio of green tea, creamer, and sugar, so that when you add ice, it doesn’t taste too bitter, too sweet, or watered down. It’s just right.

Looks good, tastes good, feels good– Iced Peach Ginger Tea is a complete package! Following A Sweet Pea’s iced tea recipe, you must steep peach, two green tea bags, honey, and 4 ginger coins in a mason jar filled with boiling water for 15 minutes. Once done, you may remove the tea bags then chill for 3-4 hours for the flavors to release and infuse together.

Once you take a sip, the burst of peach flavors and refreshing ginger spice will remind you why the summer season shouldn’t be taken for granted! Plus, it offers the combined health benefits of tea leaves and ginger.

Yes, there may be a waiting time but this tonic is worth every second.

Chai Tea or Indian Tea is a spiced tea blend that’s typically brewed with milk and sugar. While it requires more ingredients than usual, the payoff is incredibly satisfying! The aroma alone is enough to make you want to take the time to prep this drink at home.

We’re taking cues from Oh How Civilized on how to make chai tea latte! The chai tea concentrate consists of water, black tea, honey, cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamom pods, cloves, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, ground ginger, and black peppercorns. By the ingredient list itself, it looks like we’re whipping up a food dish! But stick with us, completing the ingredients is 90% of the work. Just head to your local Asian grocery to get them all.

Once your chai concentrate ingredients are on hand, better crush and chop the whole spices to make it easier for the flavors to infuse. Simmer and stir the chai concentrate ingredients on low heat for 10 minutes. Afterwards, strain the spices and add the vanilla extract. Cool for about an hour before assembling with milk and ice, pouring 1 part chai concentrate with 1 part milk.

With a full set of new summer drinks list at your disposal, there’s no excuse for you to go all out on your next house party! Serve these fun and colorful summer drinks alongside your carefully prepared menu and watch everyone take out their phones for a quick snap. That’s how you make a summer to remember!

For all your Asian grocery needs and quick Asian recipes, shop at Karman Foods.

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