Just about every American has experienced the deliciousness that is iced tea, but 2-ingredient sparkling iced tea is more refreshing and so easy to prepare!
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I haven’t posted any drink recipes all summer!
And frankly, I could not let this one fly any longer. I love drinks, no matter if they are hot or cold, spiked or virgin!
This recipe has been my go-to all summer, so I figured it was time to share it with you!
I barely could call this a recipe.
At two ingredients, sparkling iced tea is really easy to make. All you need is seltzer water and iced tea! No fancy gizmos, gadgets, or gimmicks. This one can be mixed up for a simple, yet refreshing drink.
The first time I was introduced to sparkling iced tea, it was called TeaPop.
this is not sponsored by the way, but DavidsTea feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set something up! 😉
TeaPop was something that DavidsTea used to do. Personally, I loved it. My favorite teas with a little fizz? Yes, please! I really love using their Goji Pop for sparkling iced tea. It is so naturally sweet and fruity, it doesn’t even need sugar.
But seeing as though I never lived too close to my beloved DavidsTea (that, and they no longer make TeaPop), I had to learn how to make it on my own.
But Gem, How do I get the iced tea?
Very good question! I have three different solutions to acquiring the tea you will need for this recipe.
1: Iced tea maker
This is my favorite option; I’ve been using this iced tea maker since I was a kid! I remember my mother handing me the pitcher and a spoon after the tea was done, instructing me to stir the sugar around until it dissolved. That, now that I think about it, is probably my earliest memory of being in the kitchen.
It is slightly more involved than just buying a bottle, but the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience! Add the amount of tea you want, what kind of tea you want, the amount of sugar you want, extra additives… the possibilities are endless! Seriously, a good iced tea maker is worth getting.
If you want loose leaf tea for one, get this tea steeper. This is a model that is very similar to mine! If you use it for iced loose leaf, be sure to dole out twice the scoops as you would normally use.
2: Make iced tea without a maker
This is going to be the most involved because you’re not putting all the ingredients together, pressing a button, and then coming back in ten minutes to stir your tea and pour.
Again, if you plan on making hot tea, be sure to make it double strength! We’ll be pouring it over ice and mixing in seltzer, so be sure to keep it strong.
The results are amazing and well worth it over buying tea!
And speaking of buying tea, we come to our last option…
3: Bottled iced tea
Bottled iced tea is the simplest route, as it will make this recipe a pour and go! The downside is, that you have no control over what goes into the tea, especially when it comes to sugar. Depending on the type of tea that you buy, the sugar in the tea could be comparable to a can of soda!
I found an unsweetened tea that I can sweeten on my own with fruit or simple syrup. When I mix in the seltzer, though, I find I don’t need sugar at all! But hey, it’s all personal preference.
POWDERED TEA IS NOT AN OPTION. I’m not the biggest tea snob, but I have to draw a line. It’s right there.
Okay, so what about the seltzer water?
That, my dear, leave up to you. Personally, I really like it with a raspberry seltzer! It adds just a little fruitiness to it, but not too much. Lemon and black cherry worked well as well. But really, it’s a matter of your tastes!
And seriously, The ratio of tea to seltzer is all up to you. The measurements that I posted were the ones that I found that worked well for my tea and tastes. Yours might be totally different. If you want more fizz, add more seltzer! If you want more tea flavor, add more tea! Simple as that. 🙂
What’s your favorite summertime drink? Let me know in the comments below!