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Beat the Heat with the Raspberry Mint Iced Tea Recipe – Adult Version Included!

| June 16, 2017 | 37 Comments
Beat the Heat with the Raspberry Mint Iced Tea Recipe

Mint leaves

 

Beat the Heat with the Raspberry Mint Iced Tea Recipe

Mint is a popular herb which has several benefits including proper digestion and weight loss, relief from nausea, depression, fatigue and headache, treatment of asthma, memory loss, and skin care problems. It is a well known mouth and breath freshener that is scientifically known as Mentha, and has been used for hundreds of years for its remarkable medicinal properties.

Since I have an overload of mint growing in my back yard, I needed a great refreshing recipe to allow me to use this amazing herb, and now I am sharing the love!

Try this refreshing iced tea for a boost of anti-oxidants and a refreshing change from water on hot summer days. Store-bought summer sips can cost you a lot in empty calories and added sugar – wreaking havoc with your energy as well as your waistline. Swap for this homemade version and relax knowing both your taste buds and body will thank you!

 

Raspberry Mint Iced Tea

Beverages in a glass and bottles

 

Beware the bottled beverage:

Commercial iced tea is packed full of sugar, and after all that processing, likely also fairly low on the natural anti-oxidants present in tea. While it’s not going to make or break your health if you have a glass once in a while- we tend to overdo it in the heat and at all the BBQ’s and beach days where soda and iced teas are a regular addition.
Common brands range from 18-24 g of sugar per cup.  

Keep in mind that most cans are 355 mL and the tall bottles can be up to 500 mL so you’re likely getting a much bigger sugar rush than you bargained for.  All that liquid sugar is absorbed quickly, causing a rapid rise in blood sugar and later insulin that cause energy to crash fairly quickly. When taken more frequently these spikes of sugar and insulin are associated with inflammation and fat storage. This homemade version is less than 5 g of added sugars per cup making it a much cleaner choice, the carbohydrate load is lower and can be handled more easily.  

Quench your thirst and give your health a boost:

Teas are naturally nutritious. All teas are high in polyphenols, a potent family of antioxidants. While green teas have been known linked to weight loss and cancer prevention, black teas are still great sources of these powerful nutrients. So you can heal your body and beat the heat!

Great iced tea tips:

  • While water is always a great choice, sometimes I just crave something a bit more flavourful. Homemade lemonade and iced tea are also much more nutritious than store bought- the natural nutrients are preserved and you can control how much sweetener goes in. I like to use honey or maple syrup as it saves me the step of making simple syrup and adds flavour, but remember just because they’re natural doesn’t mean they don’t affect your blood sugar in a similar way to refined sugars.
  • Don’t skimp on tea bags, using fewer but steeping longer will just give you a bitter tea due to the tannins.
  • Don’t over steep! Removing the tea bags when the time is up is key to making a great batch of iced tea.
  • Get creative with your flavours- fresh blackberries, strawberries macerated with limoncello for an adults only version? Maple syrup instead of honey? The sky’s the limit.

Raspberry Mint Iced Tea Recipe

 

Raspberry Mint Iced Tea

Beverages in a glass and bottles

 

Raspberry Mint Iced Tea
Try this refreshing iced tea for a boost of anti-oxidants and a refreshing change from water on hot summer days.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 L /4 cups of water
  2. 2 black tea bags (most recipes use orange pekoe, but Earl Grey would be wonderful here too!)
  3. 1 tbsp. honey, add slightly more if needed to taste
  4. Small handful of fresh mint leaves (about 8 large leaves, 10-12 smaller leaves)
  5. 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, roughly mashed with a fork.
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the tea bags and honey. Steep for 3-4 minutes maximum and then remove the tea bags.
  2. Pour in to a heatproof, pourable container (like a Pyrex measuring cup, sturdy, non-plastic pitcher, or divided amongst mason jars) and add half of the mint leaves.
  3. Cool in the fridge, stirring occasionally until chilled (about 30 minutes).
  4. Divide mashed raspberries and remaining mint (roughly torn) amongst four glasses and top with iced tea.
Notes
  1. If you’re doubling or tripling the recipe for a larger crowd, you can easily put the raspberry and mint mixture in the bottom of a glass pitcher and top with iced tea to save the time of making individual glasses. If doing so, give it a good stir and let it sit for a few minutes to help the raspberry flavor infuse.
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Do you have any tips or recipes for healthy summer drinks? Share with me in the comments below!

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Julie Cloutier, Owner & Certified Naturotherapist, Family Herbalist, Early Childhood Educator and Master Numerologist offers one-on-one consultations and also speaks for events, conferences, and corporate or non-profit programs on the areas of family health, nutrition, and wellness.

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  1. LisaM says:

    Ohhh what a great option for a summer barbecue!

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    This sounds very tasty and refreshing, I will have to give it a try!!

  3. kristen visser says:

    I am totally craving this right now. it looks so refreshing and a perfect drink on a day like today

  4. Calvin F. says:

    What a healthy, refreshing drink.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    This sounds like a very nice refreshing summer drink and less sugar is always positive 🙂

  6. Janet M says:

    I really like this tea recipe. Thank you for being creative.

  7. lola says:

    love it, so fresh and yummy
    thanks!

  8. Boy could I use one of these delicious treats (though I never drink tea) right now…it is about 28 celsius out

  9. heidi c. says:

    This sounds like a yummy variation on iced tea. I love raspberries so this would be a refreshing, tasty drink perfect for me.

  10. Shirleyp says:

    This sounds perfect thank you for the recipe

  11. I really like this recipe alot! I love the mint that is added to the drink. Mint definitely tastes good with that hint of good flavor that it possess. I will use this recipe all summer long for barbecues

  12. Jonnie says:

    This sounds so good and simple to make! Thanks for the inspiration

  13. AD says:

    This looks delicious and so perfect for a hot summer. Thank you for the recipe!

  14. This sounds like one super delicious summer beverage!

  15. Carole D. says:

    Great refreshing drink! I love the combination of mint and raspberry!

  16. Tania B says:

    I love the sound of this. I should try to make this and surprise my hubby with it – he loves raspberry anything. Of course he would want the adult version after work!

  17. Kristi says:

    I really like homemade iced tea. I’d love to try this combination of raspberry and mint, it sounds quintessentially summer 🙂

  18. Cairine says:

    This does sound like a refreshing summer drink, a nice change from the regular iced tea we are used to.

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