When I first moved to Texas, I discovered this amazing all-natural iced tea brand called “Texas Tea”. Many of the fruits and ingredients in these iced teas are Texas-grown and the combinations of flavors offered is absolutely delicious. They have a blueberry iced tea, an arnold palmer tea made with grapefruit, a peach iced tea…the list goes on. My favorite has always been their Strawberry White Tea. I just can’t resist the sweet candy-like mixture of strawberry and sweet tea.
These Texas Tea iced teas, especially the strawberry one, were a staple at my house until I started eating Paleo. Even though they are made of all natural ingredients, they have sugar cane in them–which is a no-go for Paleo. So for the longest time, I used to stare longingly at the strawberry iced tea on the grocery store shelves every time that I went to the store.
That is, until I decided to make my own at home. I don’t know why I didn’t think about doing this sooner! To start, you’ll need a big gallon pitcher.
Then you’ll need to juice some strawberries, measure out honey, boil water, and add a few tea bags…and Voila! Home-made Honey Strawberry Iced Tea that has no preservatives and is made of all natural non-processed ingredients.
You could enjoy it the old fashion way, with ice. OR you could try freezing some to make a delicious slushie! I accidentally left a cup of this iced tea in my freezer overnight, so I took it out and put the cup in the fridge all day to melt. I came home from work to find a wonderful slushie in the fridge. It was so refreshing! I highly recommend trying it this way.
- 3 Liters water
- 3 Lipton Family Size 100% Natural Iced Tea Bags
- ½ cup honey
- 1½ cup of juiced strawberries (this was about 20 little strawberries for me)
- Boil 3 liters of water. I have an electric kettle which holds 1.5 L at a time, so I had to do this in two batches.
- Put boiling water in a 1 Gallon sized pitcher.
- Put the three tea bags in and leave them in there for about 10-15 minutes.
- During this time, put ½ cup of honey in the hot water so that it can melt easily.
- Stir the tea with a wooden spoon.
- Juice 20 small strawberries in a juicer. This should yield about 1½ cups of strawberry juice.
- Remove the tea bags from the pitcher. Make sure to squeeze them against the side of the pitcher to release any excess tea flavor.
- Pour the strawberry juice into the pitcher and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Let the pitcher sit for a few hours to cool off.
- Put in the fridge until chilled (I just put it in the the fridge overnight).
- Serve with some ice.
- Make sure to mix the tea before serving.
- Enjoy :)