Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Version of Olive Garden's "White Peach Cooler"

Yes, with all of the recent heat we've been experiencing lately, it's definitely summertime.  And summertime means iced tea for us.  If you don't drink iced tea, I really encourage you to try it.  It tastes great and is a great alternative for sodas that are basically made of sugar and chemicals.  (Not that I don't enjoy a Coke or Pepsi once in awhile.)  It's full of antioxidants, phytochemicals with are bone-strengthening, and even is known to help prevent tooth decay.  Try that from a Pepsi-free!  Seriously, if you're not sure about it, try the recipe below and it will become your new favorite drink.  All of the fruit flavors combine to make a one-of-kind drink perfect for hot weather.

This is my own version of a drink I saw advertised while dining at Olive Garden.  I looked at the ingredients and realized, I can make that one!  So here it is and I hope you're able to try it and enjoy it yourself at home.

I happen to have a great spearmint plant at home.   However, if you don't, feel free to use a mint tea bag to use in your tea blend instead.

Here are the ingredients to make a one quart serving of this tasty tea.  It will make a cup for you and a friend.  

Minty Peach and Lemon Iced Tea

1 tea bag of Peach herbal tea
1 tea bag of black, green or white tea
(You can also use a tea bag of Peach black tea if you can find them.  I like separating flavors so I can make more combinations.)
Half of an average sized lemon
A sprig of spearmint OR a mint tea bag
One quart jar (or something that will hold 32 oz.)

Put your tea bags and mint into the jar.  Heat your water to a boil and once boiling, add water to your container only to cover the teabags and mint.  If you are drinking this iced, you don't need to add water to the top as it's only more water to cool.  Let the tea bags steep for 15 minutes or more.  I usually do this and then start working on something else around the kitchen.  Once your tea water has cooled quite a bit, juice your half a lemon and add to your tea.  You can put it in earlier if you need.  You can also add a bit of made up lemonade if you have it available.  Stir and add sugar to taste.  I use two Stevia packets for one quart.  Add ice and fresh water to fill the jar and DRINK!  

I believe you will love this flavored tea.  Now you can drink a restaurant quality drink and serve it at home for you and your friends!  Enjoy and blessings!

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  1. I'll have to make some for you! You will love it!

  2. We love your recipes and we're sharing your blog with the rest of the Foodista community by making this our featured drink blog of the day! We have a badge for you. Hope you can email me so I can send it to you :)

    1. How great! Thanks so much! Here's the Thanks again! Blessings, Nancy