I love drinking water because it keeps me hydrated and it's good for my body. It's everything I really need to drink but sometimes I get tired of plain water. I'll drink unsweetened iced tea every few days, especially in the summer. It's cool, it's refreshing, and it's made of water.
Sometimes I get tired of plain iced tea. People ask me why I don't switch to sweet tea. The truth is that if I made the sweet tea myself I might drink it. I just can't stand the iced tea they sell at restaurants that is so sweet my teeth hurt! I can't even taste the tea flavor underneath all of that sugar.
Now I don't mind a lightly sweetened iced tea. I'm talking a tablespoon or so of sugar tops. It just adds a hint of sweetness and flavor to the beverage and gives it a different taste. I also like to put lemon in my tea. It's very refreshing and I like the tart flavor.
Then there are days when I want something fancy to drink. Since I've been stuck on iced tea I started there. I've made different fruit iced teas and have enjoy all of them so this Orange Vanilla Iced Tea wasn't hard to make. I used fresh squeezed orange juice, a touch of sugar, a vanilla bean, and just a bit of chopped mint.
The orange juice adds a nice hint of flavor as well as a bit of sweetness. The mint adds a subtle flavor while the vanilla flavor gets stronger the longer the tea sits. It's a refreshing and brightly flavored iced tea that is perfect to enjoy in the fall. It quenches your thirst while giving you a ton of flavor. Plus, it doesn't take long at all to make it!
- 1 gallon water
- 3 tea bags
- 3 T. sugar
- 2 oranges
- 1 vanilla bean, cut down the middle
- ¼ c. fresh mint
- Boil the water on a stove. Pour into a large bowl with the tea bags and sugar and steep for 10 minutes.
- Add in the juice of 1 orange, the vanilla bean, and 2 tablespoons of chopped mint. Allow to steep for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the vanilla bean and then pour the iced tea into a pitcher. Slice the remaining orange into slices and place in the pitcher.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint and an orange slice.