This Spring I’ve been experimenting with unsweetened iced teas made by me. The idea came after multiple trips to Starbucks for their unsweetened iced green tea which makes me so, so happy on a warm day. I have to have my green tea fix, but when the temperature rises, I don’t want to drink a warm tea.
I started my experiments with just plain ole black tea. That was delicious as it was. Then I saw The Domestic Geek’s video on three different iced tea recipes. I was super inspired by her green tea mojito.If I had to choose one cocktail to be my favorite it would be the mojito – and that’s not because we are both Cuban. I love the freshness of the mint and lime and the sweetness of the sugar and the bubbles. It’s just so refreshing on a hot Summer day. To be honest, I don’t even need the rum!
I started with Sarah Lynn’s recipe as the base but added a little extra something to make it just a tad more reminiscent of the original mojito. I added some Sprite Zero. The lemon lime of the Sprite combined with the fizz gave these iced tea mojitos a little extra pizzazz!
If you don’t like Sprite Zero, you can always just use Seltzer, Tonic or Sparkling Water. If you can, get the lemon lime flavor.
- 5 green tea bags
- 5 C water, divided
- 1/4 C granulated stevia or sweetener of choice
- 1/4 C water
- 1 package of mint leaves
- 2 limes
- 1 single serve bottle of Sprite Zero
- lots of ice
- In a sauce pan bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add in your green tea bags and turn off the heat. Let them steep for 5-10 minutes. Add in the zest of one lime.
- Slice one and a half limes into rounds and place in your pitcher. Take the mint leaves off the stems and crush in your hands before adding to the pitcher.
- In another small saucepan, add your 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of stevia and bring to a boil. The water should be clear and not cloudy anymore. Remove from heat.
- Remove your tea bags from the water where it's been steeping. Add your simple syrup to the tea and let them both cool down.
- Once cool, add your tea to your pitcher and fill with another three cups of cold water.
- To serve, fill your cup with ice and pour in Sprite Zero a quarter of the way and then fill the rest of the glass with tea – make sure to include some mint and lime.
- Garnish with a lime coin on the rim and enjoy!