Today, June 10th, is National Iced Tea Day! Why not celebrate with a drink of your favorite type of tea!?!
Most people who like to drink iced tea have a favorite flavor. My favorite iced tea is a blend. I use a coffee maker to brew it, but you can make it with whatever method you like best. At one point in time I had a regular iced tea maker, but it gave up the ghost and the store was all out when I went to buy a new one. So I got a coffee maker instead, dedicated to making tea. It works fine; the only drawback is it doesn’t automatically shut off when the ice tea is done brewing.
Anyway, here’s what I use for my favorite iced tea:
- 2 tablespoons, more or less, of loose leaf yerba mate
- 1 family sized bag of green tea
- 1 family sized bag of black tea
- 1 Mint Mate tea bag
- 1 Orange Blossom Mate tea bag
I tear open all the tea bags and pour the loose tea into the coffee filter, add filtered water, then let it brew. And I prefer decaffeinated tea, but that’s a matter of personal perference. Sometimes I change it up and use different flavored bags of tea for the last two.
After I fill a small canister with the San Mateo Mate, I put the rest in the freezer. A 5-pound bag lasts a LONG time, even though I brew a new batch almost every day!
I use liquid stevia to sweeten each glass full of tea before I drink it. Since yerba mate, green and black teas have healthful properties, this is a great beverage both taste wise and health-wise.
So enjoy a glass or two of iced tea today!