There’s nothing like a frosty frozen treat on a summer day – especially when we move beyond the conventional kids’ stuff! Here are a few easy ways to turn your favorite Bigelow Tea varieties into refreshing tea beverages to enjoy when the mercury is rising. All you need is your freezer, a little sugar, optional juices and … varieties of Bigelow Tea, of course! Try our Frozen Iced Tea and Iced Tea Cubed recipes, or experiment to create your own.
Enjoy these super-cool refreshments all summer long!
Bigelow Frozen Iced Tea
10 Bigelow Tea Bags, any variety*
4 cups of boiling water, set aside 1 cup
¾ cup sugar
2 cups ice cubes
4 tablespoons fresh lemon, lime or orange juice (optional)
Yield: Makes about six 2/3-cup servings
Steep tea bags in 3 cups boiling water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour remaining 1 cup of boiling water into a medium saucepan and stir in sugar. Bring back to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Boil 5 minutes; remove from heat.
Squeeze liquid from tea bags and discard bags. Pour tea into a 13×9-inch baking pan and stir in sugar mixture. Stir in ice until dissolved. If desired, stir in juice. Freeze 4-5 hours, stir once an hour during last three hours of freezing. Tea mixture should be partially frozen so it is icy/slushy, but not frozen solid. Spoon frosty iced tea into dessert dishes and garnish with fresh fruit, mint sprigs, or as desired.
*Green Teas tend to be milder in flavor; so when preparing with any Bigelow Green Teas use 15 bags to deliver a flavorful frosty treat!
Tips: If mixture becomes frozen solid, defrost on counter about 15 minutes and break up using ice cream scoop or strong serving spoon.
Bigelow’s Taste Testers’ favorite Bigelow® Frozen Iced Tea flavors include Plantation Mint, Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus (adding fresh lemon juice), Red Raspberry Herb Tea (adding fresh lemon juice), Perfect Peach Herb Tea, Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea, and Lemon Ginger Herb Plus. Experiment with your own favorite Bigelow® Teas, following preparation above.
An attractive way to serve Bigelow® Frozen Iced Tea is in hollowed-out citrus cups. Simply trim the bottom of your fresh oranges, limes and/or lemons so cup sits upright. Cut in half and scoop out the pulp. Spoon slushy frozen iced tea into hollow fruit cups. Serve immediately. If you refreeze, thaw about 5 minutes before serving.
Iced Tea Cubed using Bigelow Half and Half Iced Tea and Lemonade
Bigelow® Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade or Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
The next time you make Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade or Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate freeze some in an ice cube tray. Then use ice tea cubes in place of regular ice cubes to keep iced tea cool, fresh and flavorful.