From Carbonated Sodas to Plain old Iced Tea

Having said no to sodas, this week I am trying to fight my thirst with an old classic refreshing drink, one that you can make at home with nothing less than a few ingredients.

Despite the general knowledge and consensus on how “bad” fizzy drinks are for our body and health in general, especially when frequently ingested, we all like to indulge into something “sweet” and “refreshing”, every once in a while for some, more often than ever for others.

It is indisputable, the resistance to carbonated sodas sometimes can be hard to fight. However, this category of drinks are not all the same, while some brands are fighting to stay afloat by trying to lure the more savvy of us by eliminating or substituting sugar with other “artificial” substances, high fructose, corn syrup etc. which are as much if not more damaging than sugar, some other smaller and cheaper brands are including even more artificial ingredients to make the taste more captivating and to claim loud how good they are for a clever “diet”.

Imagine a drink that contains the following:
Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Orange Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Sodium Benzoate, Natural Flavor, Caffeine, Sodium Citrate, Gum Arabic, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Red 40, Brominated Vegetable Oil, Yellow 5, Blue 1. How good that can be? I don’t mean the taste.

Introducing

Lemon, Honey & Mint Fresh Iced Tea

What you need

  • 200 ml water
  • 3 tbsp fresh honey
  • 1 tbsp any branded tea (or 2 teabags)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon

  • For garnishing
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 3 to 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 to 5 ice-cubes

How you do it

  • Bring the water to boil in a kettle
  • Pour it in a non aluminum pot or saucepan
  • Add the Tea, Honey and a few mint leaves
  • Let it cool
  • Pour it in a large glass and add the ice to it
  • Top it with fresh mint leaves
  • Add a slice of lemon to it
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins

Voila, refreshing tea is ready to beat the heat

Do you have a preferred healthy drink, and if so, which one is it?

Let me know in the comments below.


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Apart for being a busy IT executive, Tito has a passion for cooking for friends and family and is a first class wines connoisseur.

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4 thoughts on “From Carbonated Sodas to Plain old Iced Tea

  1. I am personally a fan of iced tea, I have just recently received some “Rickshaw Iron Buddha Tea” as a present from a friend coming back from China, it is a bit on the strong side but I love its taste particularly when drank cold. Honey and mint? Oh yeah..!

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