We’ve probably all been told that we shouldn’t drink our calories, and I’ve always believed that, so sometime during my teen years, I decided that, though I’m a big fan of flavored iced tea recipes, to just stick with water except for special occasions.
I guess I still do believe that, but I’m making an exception for these 102º days. I think I’d call this extreme heat – and extreme heat calls for extreme measures, right? Iced tea being an extreme measure. 😉
I’ve also begun sweetening my tea with stevia rather than sugar, which makes me feel a lot better about drinking it.
It’s nice to be able to enjoy a nice, cold drink on a hot day without logging half your daily calories doing it.
Still, even though the kids would love to forget all water in favor of tea, we restrict them down to one glass a day (that’s two servings, since they only get half a glass at a time) on those days when we have tea, and I still don’t make tea every day.
This mango iced tea is quite a delicious take on everybody’s favorite southern sweet tea. Mangos add a delicious fruity, refreshing flavor, and that’s important to me. My all time favorite drink is iced peppermint tea, which makes plain sweet tea seem boring by comparison.
And I love mangos. Pretty sure they’re my second favorite fruit.
All this mango-y deliciousness can be yours by adding just one step to your normal tea making process. It’s very simple – add cut mango to your hot water, before adding your tea bags or leaves to steep, and then strain it into your pitcher or jar with a fine mesh sieve.
Mango Iced Tea Recipe
- 1 quart of water
- 2 mangos
- 4 tea bags (or however many your packages directs you to use for 1 gallon of tea)
- 3 Tablespoons Truvia-type sweetener* or 1 cup sugar
- 3 quarts water
- Heat first quart of water in a sauce pot.
- Peel and chop mango, and add to hot water.
- Bring to a simmer, and let simmer for five minutes
- Add tea bags and let steep for five minutes or more
- Strain into a pitcher or jar
- Stir in truvia or sugar
- Add remaining three quarts of water.
*P.S. I say Truvia-type, because truthfully, I’ve never used Truvia brand. We a local store brand in Truvia-shaped containers which is much cheaper.