Cold Green Tea - Recipe
The biggest complaints we've heard about drinking green tea is that it can be rather bland, dry, and very expensive to buy in that crystal clear version of green tea you purchase at the store.
Also since we have developed an alternative, the question has come up as to how much real "green tea" is in those store versions. We know it's filtered to make it look pretty, but how much would you have to drink to get a healthy shot of green tea? Since it's a proprietary formula, your guess is as good as ours.
We set out to find a green tea version that is tastier, probably has much more real green tea in it, and one that definitely costs less. Where the Lipton version can cost you well over a dollar a bottle, our version tends to run more like a gallon of the stuff for the same price. And ours is essentially a zero calorie one as well.
A special note - we purchased our ingredients in the large Costco size containers, so keep this in mind when calculating your savings. However, cold green tea has become THE staple in the company fridge here, and replacing soda.
Note number two - don't expect this to be the crystal clear sanitized looking version of green tea you purchase at the store. Unless you purchase the big filters that strain out all the stuff that nature puts into the tea, this is going to not be as pretty.
Green tea recipe (makes one gallon)
- 10 green tea bags
- 4 oz lemon juice
- 1 tub Crystal Lite mix (half gallon size)
- 6 oz. Splenda
To make the cold green tea, bring about a quart of water to a boil and drop in the 10 tea bags to steep until the water cools off - about an hour.
Pour the concentrated green tea mix into a gallon container, and add cold water to the pan with the tea bags in it to wash out the rest of the tea. Pour this into your gallon container as well. Doing this will pull about 25% more actual tea out of the bags.
Add your other ingredients in no particular order, stir, and top off the rest of the gallon with cold water and refrigerate.
To use right away, you can add substantial ice to the gallon before topping off with water. As it cools the mix, the ice melts to make water anyway.
Serve over ice