5 Easy Iced Tea Recipes To Try this Summer

Last Update: September 27, 2022

Summer is right around the corner. While many of us will be spending more time inside this year, who says we still can’t enjoy the simple summer flavors we love? Enter: Iced tea. As an absolute must when the temperature starts to rise, iced tea comes in all shapes and sizes. From Cardamom Turmeric to unsweetened White Tea Granita, we’re rounding up our favorite iced tea recipes to keep your summer fun, fresh, and hydrated.

Cardamom Turmeric Collagen Iced Tea

Turn basic iced tea into a protein-powered sip that’ll fuel your day. This recipe starts with lemony Earl Grey steeped with cardamom, then swirled with creamy coconut milk and a scoop of turmeric- and cardamom-flavored collagen powder. We recommend making a double batch so you’ll have a few days’ worth!

Activated Charcoal Lemonade Recipe With Collagen

Our take on the activated charcoal lemonade craze looks much cooler than the sludge-colored detox drinks everyone seems to be sipping lately. We froze our activated charcoal into ice cubes, creating a stark contrast when served in bright lemonade. When the ice starts to melt, it creates a cool-looking swirling effect as the charcoal mixes with the drink.

Starbucks-Inspired White Tea Granita—Without White Sugar

Granita is a typical Sicilian dessert that’s more icy than creamy sorbet and a little softer than shaved iced. Starbucks has made its own version using lemonade-flavored ice and fruity white tea. It’s really pretty, and very tasty. But there’s one problem: There’s a whopping 34 grams of added sugar in a medium—that’s the equivalent of eight teaspoons of granulated sugar.

Our vote: Make your own version at home, so you swap the white sugar for raw honey, which lends sweetness without spiking blood sugar levels. Both the honey and the fruit-infused tea balance perfectly with the tartness of the lemon, for a bright, refreshing beverage you’ll want to sip all day.

Green Iced Tea With Lemon Twist

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing sip of green iced tea. This recipe is made with lemon, mint, and a serving of citrus-flavored CBD oil. We have three ways to steep it, so you can choose the option that’s best for how much time you have.

Arnold “Calmer” Recipe

If you love the iced tea and lemonade combo made famous by American golfer Arnold Palmer, we’ve got a refreshing spin that’s easily on par with the original. The recipe uses brewed green tea two ways, plus Natural Vitality’s magnesium supplement to perk up the drink with fresh lemon flavor. Bonus: It’ll give your body an extra dose of magnesium, an essential mineral that plays a vital role in helping the body regulate other nutrients.

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Lily Comba

Lily Comba has never met a baked good she didn't like. When she's not baking, you'll find her writing, taking a Pilates class, or collaborating with the editorial and social team as a Senior Content Writer at Thrive Market.

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