Beautifying Tropical Fruit Iced Tea is a healthy way to quench your thirst when it’s hot outside and you’re craving a cold glass of sweet tea! It contains no added sugar, and instead, the sweetness in this recipe comes naturally from a fruity herbal tea, fresh fruit, and frozen fruit. This tea is also full of benefits that help promote clear skin and a healthy body. Healthy sipping just got tastier!
It’s tea time!
As we approach the end of July, I think it’s about time I share one of my favorite iced tea recipes with you. Caffeine-free, no added sugar, just pure plant ingredients–that’s my kind of tea!
I actually have a love for tea built within my DNA; I’m southern, after all. I consumed so much sweet iced tea (sickeningly sweet, mind you) when I was young that it’s a wonder I didn’t go into withdraws when I gave it up overnight 12 years ago. However, I didn’t give up all tea; I just gave up sugary tea, specifically sweet tea I used to drink every single day.
As soon as I realized around age 19 that my mama’s fabulous homemade sweet tea made with 3 full cups of white sugar per gallon, (yep, you read that right!) wasn’t good for me, I went to the store knowing nothing about tea whatsoever and purchased a bunch of boxes of herbal tea. I’ve always loved sipping tea, whether warm or hot, so I knew I’d need a replacement and quickly found that herbal tea hit the spot. I’ve been drinking tea ever since and can’t imagine a day without it.
At first, I was shocked that I fell in love herbal tea so quickly, although I’ll admit it took me a few years to really enjoy green tea (and now I love it). Sure, herbal teas I bought at the store weren’t as sweet as southern sweet tea, but I found a few ways to make it more enjoyable in no time. I also taught myself about the ingredients in different varieties of tea, (along with their benefits), and I knew how to choose great tea within no time. Whether green, black, white, or herbal tea, they’re all some of my favorite natural health wonders that I make sure to include in my own wellness routine.
What I love about herbal teas, is that most of them are 100% free of caffeine and made from various herbs, plants, and flowers. They’re a great way to take in some nutrition from plants that we wouldn’t get from our typical everyday diets and they all come with different benefits, ranging from peppermint to chamomile, to lavender, and even fruity teas.
Over the years, I’ve toyed around with different blends and recipes to make packaged herbal tea taste even better, and I’m always experimenting with different types of hot and iced tea. I love when I find a new recipe that I just can’t wait to share with all of you… which brings me to today’s recipe!
Beautifying Tropical Fruit Iced Tea is my new favorite must-have summertime tea! The key to making this tea is to first purchase a fruity-based herbal tea blend (not caffeinated). I bought this one by Celestial Seasonings in bulk a few months ago on Amazon and just love it; it’s absolutely perfect and the one that I used for this recipe. I haven’t seen it in any of my local stores, so I was delighted when I came across it online. You could use any fruit-flavored herbal tea, though, so see my shopping tips below for more on that!
Tips for Choosing a Naturally Sweet, Fruity Tea:
I prefer fruity herbal teas that are made with two key ingredients: rooibos (a plant shrub) and hibiscus (a flower). One reason is that the benefits of these ingredients are simply amazing, and two is because they’re naturally sweet so the tea tastes better despite they have zero sugar in them. Rooibos and hibiscus tea also make tea that turns out to be a beautiful, bright reddish, pinkish color and they have excellent benefits for circulation, digestion, and skin health. Even though they are not fruits, they both taste naturally sweet and fruity, just in different ways.
Rooibos comes from a South American herb that is delicately processed into a tea form and is also known as “red tea” or “red bush tea.” It’s one of my favorite secret tricks for great skin health that’s clear and youthful, and it’s also good for daily digestion. Rooibos tea is naturally very sweet, rich in minerals, and is typically found in most red blends teas or fruit-based herbal teas you find in stores.
Hibiscus tea comes from the hibiscus flower and is also excellent for skin health; it has even been shown to be great for our heart health. Hibiscus tea tastes naturally fruity too, but not quite as much as rooibos.
Shopping Tip: Most “fruity” herbal teas are made with rooibos and hibiscus, but when you choose a fruity herbal tea variety at the store or online, be sure to turn over the package and read the ingredients on your box of tea. Look for rooibos and hibiscus in the ingredients and you’re probably guaranteed to have purchased a great product. And even though it should go without saying, you’ll also want to purchase a product without sugar in the ingredients list (sugar, cane sugar, cane juice/syrup, etc.) or artificial sweeteners like sucralose (Splenda).
Again, I used this Tropical Fruit Iced Tea by Celestial Seasonings for this recipe today since it’s made to be a cooled iced tea (versus brewed hot), but any fruity herbal tea should work. The tea I used has a delicious summery flavor that’s a mix of pineapple with natural fruity sweetness but has absolutely no sugar in it; in short, it’s great! I also love Tazo Passion tea since it’s made also made with rooibos and hibiscus, but I wanted to try something new.
All you need to do to make this tea is steep 4-5 tea bags in some cold, filtered water in a large glass pitcher. I love this glass pitcher I got online several years ago; it’s also the one I use to make my homemade oat, cashew, and almond milk.
The tea bags should steep in the water for at least 2 hours, but they’re really best if steeped overnight. I just popped the tea bags in the pitcher with water overnight and enjoyed my tea the next day.
Once you’re ready to serve the tea, choose some of your favorite fresh or frozen fruit (I used fresh pineapple and frozen blueberries) and put those in the glass with some ice. Frozen berries, frozen mango, frozen pineapple, and even apples or oranges would work, too.
Then just pour your tea over the ice and fruit, let the tea sit for 5 minutes to allow the fruit to infuse into the tea, and serve! I prefer to put the fruit into the tea right before serving instead of letting it steep overnight with the tea bags; otherwise, the fruit can get a little soggy.
Finally, my tea didn’t need any extra sweeteners, but if I really have a sweet tooth and want a better option, I’ll whisk in a teeny dash (1/4 tsp.) of NuNaturals pure stevia extract to the glass pitcher after removing the tea bags just before serving, whisk thoroughly, and then serve as usual.
Oh, and the orchid flower buds are totally optional; I just thought they made a pretty garnish. 🙂 Plus, fun fact: and side tangent: orchids are my very favorite flower. Only one orchid in the world out of over 200 varieties produces the vanilla bean we all know and love, so I think something as rare as that is truly a beautiful thing!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, it’s the perfect way to cool off during summer and is a great way to take in a few health benefits, too!
- 1 large glass pitcher (that will hold at least 4-5 cups)
- 4-5 fruity, caffeine-free herbal tea bags - (I used Celestial Seasonings Tropical Fruit Iced Tea blend but Tazo Passion Fruit herbal tea is also great)
- 1 cup of any fresh/frozen fruit of choice (see notes for options)
- optional sweetener: ¼ Tsp. (a tiny dash) of pure stevia extract or 1 tbsp. of your favorite natural sweetener
- Add the tea bags to the glass pitcher with enough filtered water to fill up the pitcher.
- Put the pitcher in the fridge at least 2 hours to steep, preferably overnight.
- When ready to use the tea, remove the tea bags (and whisk in the sweetener if using).
- Prepare a glass (or up to 5 glasses) with ice. Add in a few pieces of your favorite fruits to each glass, whether fresh or frozen.
- Pour the prepared tea over the top and serve. Or, add a pretty floral garnish like I did and serve with a straw for something fancier!
This is truly a must-try, friends! So treat yourself something cold and sweet that’s also good for you, too!