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5 Spot: Five ways to amp up your summer iced teas

Iced tea is the unofficial beverage for summer, and not just by Southern ladies fanning themselves on the porch. Iced tea is popular with us Yankees, too.

New takes on Iced Tea. Apple Cider Vinegar Green Tea(left) and Ginger Tea (right).
New takes on Iced Tea. Apple Cider Vinegar Green Tea(left) and Ginger Tea (right).

Iced tea is the unofficial beverage for summer, and not just by Southern ladies fanning themselves on the porch. Iced tea is popular with us Yankees, too.

But if you're a little bored with the same old, same old, here are five ways to amp up your summer iced tea. Have mercy, y'all!

1. Pineapple juice ice cubes: Next time you open a can of sliced or chunked pineapple, don't ditch the juice. Instead, pour pineapple juice into plastic ice cube trays and add to your iced tea. The sweetness will slowly be released as the ice melts.

2. Thai it together: Take your glass of tea to Thailand by adding 2 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk, 2 teaspoons of evaporated milk and 2 teaspoons of sugar to your iced black tea.

3. Apple cider vinegar tea: Steep one green tea bag in water until desired strength is reached. Chill. Add 2-3 teaspoons of mint simple syrup. (Combine ¼ cup water and ¼ cup sugar and heat until boiling. Remove from heat. Add mint leaves and steep for 5-10 minutes). Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Serve over ice.

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4. Strawberry rhubarb pie tea: Boil a couple of rhubarb stalks until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Steep tea bag in rhubarb water for about 5 minutes. Strain. Chill until cool. Add a dash of vanilla extract or vanilla sugar and sliced strawberries to glass. Sweeten with sugar or honey.

5. Ginger lovers tea: Just in case Prince Harry stops by, make ginger iced tea by adding a little ginger ale to your green tea. Top with fresh minced ginger root.

Related Topics: RECIPES
Tracy Briggs is an Emmy-nominated News, Lifestyle and History reporter with Forum Communications with more than 35 years of experience, in broadcast, print and digital journalism.
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