Friday, June 22, 2012

Time for Tea!

photo by Ginny

I tasted "sweet tea" for the first time shortly after I moved to Atlanta more than five years ago. And I absolutely hated it. Listen, I'm all for a little something sweet. But when it tastes like someone dumped an entire pound of sugar into a glass, I just...can't. So to this day, when I go into a restaurant in town and they ask if I want tea, I have to confirm it's not the sweet variety as that seems to be the overwhelming favorite.
Fortunately, there are an increasing number of cool little tea shops in town, so I can get my chai or chamomile tea fix on. And, now that it's a bazillion degrees outside, I've been making a lot more iced tea at home, which is the perfect beverage for al fresco dining and porch sitting.
By the way, now that I've discovered June is National Iced Tea Month, that was all the incentive I needed to find some new tea recipes. Voila! If you like your tea sweet, but minus all the sugar, I've compiled a few sucralose-based recipes that won't rack up the calories.

Lemonade Tea
Pomegranate Iced Tea
Raspberry Tea Punch
Citrus-Mint Tea

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