Dog Days Iced Tea

Recipe for Dog Days Iced Tea
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


7 bags black tea (English, Earl Grey, etc.)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup mint leaves and sprigs, divided
2 cups chilled orange juice
1 orange, sliced crosswise
1 lemon, sliced crosswise
ice cubes


Brew a strong tea in about 10 cups water. While still hot, add sugar and about a dozen mint leaves. Let cool.

Remove tea bags and mint; then add orange juice, fruit slices, and ice.

Serve over more ice, garnish with fresh mint sprigs, and add a fruit slice or two to each glass.


Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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Simply Iced Tea

I drink my iced tea unsweetened. Just 4-6 black tea bags to 2 quarts of boiling hot water. Lets steep 6-8 minutes. That's it! Yum !

Iced Tea

One of my favorite kitchen appliances is The Iced Tea Pot by Mr Coffee. My recipe is 3 bags of ginger or lemon, or a combination, 2 bags black and 2 bags green tea, plus 1-2 tablespoons honey. I brew 1/3 more than suggested by manufacturer giving me about 1/2 gallon. I then brew another quart that I freeze. I use the frozen tea instead of the manufacturers suggested ice. So simple and so good!

Nice Tea

Great tea recipe - thanks

I have not seen evidence that tea or oranges contain significant amounts of toxins. I have read that almost all foods contain some toxins but in amounts too small to cause problems. I dont believe anyone's claims anymore unless they site a reliable source.

summer tea

Don't people have common sense anymore?It's quite obvious many many people can't think for themselves. If you don't think a recipe is right for you, then tweak it to suit YOU. The person , who so kindly shared it, doesn't expect it will be the " be all , end all "of all recipes! Good grief, people! Use your brains! Think for yourself! And you don't need to criticize that individual at all.

Thank you!

Thank you, so much for printing "iced tea," instead of "ice tea!"
Common laxity about grammar drives me crazy.

Healthful or taste?

After studying to be a doctor, many new discoveries are shocking and are hard to believe. Black tea is toxic to most people. Oranges are more poisonous than ever imagined.
Just because some plant, vegetable, or fruit contains a good vitamin, it's not necessarily healthful or "life improving". For example, Poison Ivy is loaded with iron, chlorophyll, and many vitamins. It's still a poison! So are oranges, and many other foods people eat to try to be healthy.
Very few people have immunity to the naturally occurring toxins in many common foods.

Stop raining on everyone's parade!

Just because YOU think this recipe has 'toxic' ingredients doesn't necessarily mean it does! It is your opinion. There is pollution in the very air that we breathe, are we supposed to avoid that, too? Mature adults are able to make their own decisions, so please keep your negative, defeatist comments to yourself!

Black tea

Various studies suggest that polyphenolic compounds present in green and black tea are associated with beneficial effects in prevention of cardiovascular diseases, particularly of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. In addition, anti-aging, antidiabetic and many other health beneficial effects associated with tea consumption are described. Evidence is accumulating that catechins and theaflavins, which are the main polyphenolic compounds of green and black tea, respectively, are responsible for most of the physiological effects of tea. This article describes the evidences from clinical and epidemiological studies in the prevention of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases and general health promotion associated with tea consumption.

Toxic tea

I don't know about you but I do not know anybody who has gotten out of this world alive. Life span is limited for all of us. Maybe we can prolong it by eating and drinking the so called right stuff. Why should you put yourself under all the stree of worrying about everything you eat or drink. Life should be based on what you enjoy and what makes you happy. So eat and drink the stuff you like the most. There is always consequences for everything. So what!!!

Dog Days Iced Tea.

Thanks for a very nice multi-purpose drink. Kick back and cool off with a glass; enjoy with stop-by friends; wonderful addition to any picnic or fellowship gathering; good source of Vit. C and Electrolytes; helps to curb the 'hungry but not time to eat' twinges.
I stir in my fiber additive to this tea. Being Hypoglycemic due to under-treated hypothyroidism, a glass or two throughout the day helps to keep me more balanced decreasing the "gotta have sugar" spikes.
Dehydrate and store the fresh fruit to have readily on hand. It reconstitutes in the tea.
It is saddening to read such critical, sarcastic comments previously written. I can not help but to wonder if these folks also write to magazines, authors of cookbooks, the grandmother of their friend, etc. to bash their recipes that are not written in a way solely for the benefit of any/all ailments they may have. Due to the prolonged thyroid issue, I developed a super inconvenient and painful sensitivity to Gluten. If there were something contained in this tea I knew I could not have, I'd just substitute an acceptable alternative...too simple. Sure, I may ask for alternatives and, yes, I would share alternatives with others, but not in such a way as to demean and critisize the person, their info, who was kind enough to share of themselves.

Leave the recipe be. It is

Leave the recipe be. It is created from the person submitting it, and he/she did not ask for opinions or changes.

why use chemicals or

why use chemicals or artificial anything? The idea is to refresh, relax and enjoy....not gorge and o/d

natural is better for your being, anyway...throw the pink & blue packets away

not good to generalise...some

not good to generalise...some of us are DIABETIC and can not use sugar or honey or fructrose, and even worse, some of us are DIABETIC AND VERY ALLERGIC and thus can not use the stevia no cal sweeteners either. just you know, not everything works for everyone. i am very health conscious, but to sweeten anyting at all, i HAVE to turn to saccharin because i am a very brittle diabetic. this tea sounds awesome without the sugar, will try it for sure.

*I use Barry's Irish

*I use Barry's Irish Breakfast Tea.
*Honey for sweetness, I have Type 2 Diabetes and it doesn't throw my blood sugar off as badly as granulated sugar does.
*Lemon and Lime OR Mint, haven't tried mixing them yet, but I will. Thanks for the recipe!

LOL!!!! is there even any

LOL!!!! is there even any other tea worth drinking other than Barry's? that is all we have in our house as well!!! along with kerrygold butter and cheeses! :)

Stevia for sweetener is a

Stevia for sweetener is a fantastic idea and works awesome if you can't use sugar. I stay away from synthetic sweeteners, and personally like the flavor of Stevia... and Laurie is right, a little goes a long way. I grow my own.

Try using Bigelow's Constant

Try using Bigelow's Constant Comment... replace the 1 !/2 c. oj with water and brew about 4 CC teabags with the other teas. It has a subtle orange flavor, along with delicious spices. Then, instead of Splenda, try Stevia. It's a natural sweetener without all the chemicals. Just be careful... a little goes a LONG way!

a very good idea about the CC

a very good idea about the CC tea...i grew up with that aroma because my grandma drank it alot...good idea.....

Summer Tea

I love Constant Comment. It brings back memories of my Mother brewing this tea. This summer tea recipe looks wonderful. I am brewing it right now for my family! (I am stunned that the first comment was so negative!)

Hey try it and see. You

Hey try it and see. You could also elimated the orange juice altogether and just have the sliced fruit in the tea to add flavor. Also could substitute something like crystal light for the orange flavor.

Would it be OK to use Splenda

Would it be OK to use Splenda for sugar substitute and orange extract for an orange juice substitute? This sounds great for our Texas summers, but a risk for diabetes. I don't know of another thing to substitute for orange juice. Any suggestions?

just a thought, a small

just a thought, a small amount of orange extract would impart flavor but no fruit sugars, if added when the tea was hot it would " burn off" some of the alcohol in the extract - if that type was used.