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I’m sharing this recipe for Tropical Orange Spice Iced Tea with Mint Ice Cubes, thanks to my Grandmother for all the great things she taught me growing up, especially about food.
Tropical Orange Spice Iced Tea
Looking back at all the memories I shared with my grandmother, who we lovingly called “Nanny”, who lived with us almost her whole life while I was alive, except for a few short years.
I was very close to her. She was my caregiver while my parents worked. She was my best friend, she was my teacher and she was the one who probably was responsible for my love of baking.
My Grandmother Instilled my Love for Tea
She lived in the guest house we had growing up and I would spend the weekends there from what I remembered. She would make all my favorite meals, such as silver dollar pancakes and sausage, and one of my all-time favorites cooked apples and biscuits. With almost every meal she served sun tea.
My family was from the South so they loved their tea. She always had a bottle outside in the backyard brewing in the sunshine.
When I got older and was a teenager, we moved and she moved into the apartment downstairs from where we lived until she had to move in with us again because of her age. My mom worked in the evening so Nanny made dinner every night for my dad and me. Every single night she served her sweetened “Sun Tea”. She would sometimes add citrus and mint to it.
Now that she is gone, my love for Tea is even stronger. I started a Tea business a few years, and now I just share my love for tea, you can see some of the things I like to pin on my Tea Board.
I have recently been buying Bigelow Tea, which is the largest family-owned tea company. They have over 170 varieties of hot, cold, iced, herbal, you name it and Bigelow makes it. For this recipe, I chose to use Orange Spice. I am also using mint from my herb garden, with some orange slices. I like tropical tea, so I wanted some of the flavors to transport me back to spending time with my grandmother. I also made some ice cubes with orange juice and mint leaves.
Spending the day sipping on a cold iced tea is what relaxes me while I sit at my computer, spend time with the kids, or read a magazine in the backyard.
Orange Mint Tropical Tea
- 4 Bigelow Orange Spice Herbal Tea Bags
- 1/2 cup Orange Juice
- Orange slices
- Orange Juice Ice Cubes
- Mint Leaves
- Brew 4 bags of tea in 1 quart of water.
- Add 1 quart of cold water.
- Add 1/2 cup of orange juice
- Add orange slices
- Add ice cubes with mint.
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I love Bigelow tea for so many occasions. Iced tea always reminds me of my mom and our family dinners. #client
Julie @ Girl on the Move says
This looks quite refreshing! Would be perfect out by the pool in the afternoon!
As a lover of tea, I have got to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I love Bigelow tea and this recipe looks delicious. I’m definitely going to try this out because the flavor combination is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Thanks for sharing!
I do not drink tea, but this is so summer appropriate for those who do.
Lois Alter Mark says
I drink iced tea all day, and this sounds amazing. Love the idea of the mint ice cubes!
I love the idea of adding the mint to the ice cubes – so clever! I’m a huge Bigelow tea fan!
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I have never been one to drink tea but this recipe looks like one I should try.
Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos says
This looks amazing! I love the addition of the orange juice & mint ice cubes – brilliant!
Cathy @ Our Mini Family says
Mmm I love mint ice cubes! I remember the first time I tried them–they are so good!
Bonnie @ Living a Fit and Full Life says
This looks so yummy! Perfect for summer!
I love that it has orange juice ice cubes! Just perfect for this recipe!
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
What a great idea for ice cubes! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. 🙂
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Barb @ A Life in Balance says
I love the mint and orange combination! It’s such a refreshing flavor for the summer.
Mary Gilbert says
Shared! Thanks for posting on Motivation Monday
Mel @ Adventures of Mel says
Your grandmother sounds a LOT like my grandma. I definitely share my grandma’s love for baking, and she always had a big glass jar of iced tea out in the sun. Oh, I miss her! This sounds very flavorful and refreshing!