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Last summer I shared my favourite DIY iced coffee to cool down with and now it’s only fair that I share iced tea. I’m more of a coffee person, but I do love herbal teas.
My bottle from WAKECup is the ideal way to enjoy iced tea on the go as it has a built in tea infuser. Almost all my tea at home is loose leaf, so it’s ideal for me. What I love about loose leaf teas is that you can customize the flavours. I add a few strands of saffron to my peppermint tea, as saffron has mood boosting properties but very little taste. It’s also surprisingly better for the environment, as surprisingly, a lot of teabags contain plastics so aren’t biodegredable which was a huge shock to me, whereas, tea infusers are reusable and you can add as much or as little as you want. Tea strainers and reusable coffee cups and bottles are a great way to live a zero-waste (or low waste) lifestyle.
I love Sonnetor loose leaf teas (not sponsored) as they have raspberry, chamomile, and peppermint in my local health shop, but when writing this post I looked at their website and they have a massive range of herbal teas, and even spices that I’m really tempted to buy. Not only are the teas great, but the packaging is biodegradable and they’re CO2 neutral. Raspberry leaf tea doesn’t taste a bit like the raspberries themselves, but is something worth trying for the health benefits as it’s rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and you’ll be especially happy to know if you have a uterus, that it can actually ease PMS and cramps. Given that my uterus is very angry that I’m not pregnant this month, this tea was needed.
Raspberry leaf by itself actually isn’t that nice alone, so I wanted to add something fruity, and gave the mango loose leaf tea from Solstrene Green a go.
Raspberry Mango Iced Tea:
- Raspberry leaf tea
- Mango tea
I mixed a few strands of saffron and some raspberry leaves with what was mostly mango tea and brewed it hot, adding some lemon juice and maple syrup for sweetness. Take the tea strainer out after 5 minutes max, as tea tends to start tasting funny if you leave it brew for too long, and let cool. Add ice and serve.
The tea strainer is actually much better than the standard ball ones I own. Usually a few stray leaves escape the strainer, but not this one. It all stayed in, and it’s easy to take out of the drink – but if you leave it in it wont annoy you to drink out of!