Sun-Kissed Ginger-Mint Iced Tea

Best For: Hot Sunny Days

Ginger Mint Iced Tea: Steeped Under the Sun!

What’s your favorite summer drink from Starbucks?

Shaken Sweet Tea? Iced Green Tea? How about the Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea?

You know what Starbuck’s doesn’t offer?

A “Sun-Kissed” Iced Tea – made by you! 

The secret to making your own Iced Tea is to not let the tea steep for too long – the tannin in the tea goes bitter the longer the tea bags soak in the water. 

And, instead of using boiled water, this Sweet Iced Tea steeps in room temperature water – under the bright sun (find out why in this week’s update)!

 I let mine soak up rays of sunshine for about 5 minutes before shaking and pouring over ice. Ahh…tastes like summer! 🙂

Ice Cold Ginger Mint Iced Tea!

THE VERDICT: Best Iced Tea that Starbucks Doesn’t Offer.


Makes:  1 Iced Tea  Prep Time: 5 minutes  Steep Time:  5 minutes
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2 tea bags
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup) – not the artificial stuff
Slice of ginger
2 to 3 mint leaves
Room temperature water (about 2 cups)
Rays of Sunshine ; )


To make the iced tea, place all ingredients in a 16 oz. mason jar.  Fill with room temperature water.  Place lid on top of mason jar. Shake and set in the sun to let steep for 5 minutes.

To serve, shake tea before pouring through a mesh sieve into a glass filled with ice. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes to chill before drinking!


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