Pomegranate Iced Tea

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Bring on the iced teas and summer breeze. I’m ready. Summer is just around the corner and I can already smell the sunscreen in the air. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you know what I’m saying.

My kids are in the countdown for summer. Only 5 more weeks! Josh has loved 3rd grade, but next year he will be in the fourth grade which means he’ll be in the “big kid” part of the school. Different recess times, different lunch times, and no more little kid stuff like the school Easter egg hunt or 100 days of school celebration. He’s the kind of kid who acts more like an adult in most respects and can’t wait for his age to catch up to his mind. Then there’s Sam. He’s decided kindergarten will be amazing because- NO NAPS! This kid has been asking me all year long, “When do I graduate from preschool?”. Little Rori thinks preschool is the bees-knees and can’t wait to go more than once a week in the fall.

So, the countdown. As a mom, the countdown is full of anticipation and conflicted feelings. I love a schedule and have grown quite used to our every day routine. However, summer is the BEST with kids! We go swimming, hiking, make popsicles just because and play outside every day. We can hop in the car and go for a mini road trip whenever and don’t have to worry about their school schedules.

Pineapple pairs with iced tea so well. Yumm!

I love the simple summer days. Wake up early to see the sunrise, start some iced tea on the back porch and go for a bike ride while it’s still cool. Come inside for a cold drink and do a little play time before lunch. Kids all rest in the afternoon or go to a friend’s house while I put laundry on the line and plan a dinner that won’t heat up the house. I love it all. We live in one of the most beautiful little spots in Northern California. Late at night we can just lay out in the back yard looking at stars as the sun goes down.

Yes, summer is coming. This pomegranate iced tea can be done “back porch” style or right in your kitchen.

It is everything that is summer; simple, refreshing and creative.

Pomegranate Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 6 black tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 bottle of pomegranate grenadine
  • mint leaves *optional
  • lemon slices *optional
  • pineapple chunks *optional

Instructions

  1. Start by making sure you have a big enough container for the iced tea. A large pitcher or gallon jar work perfectly.
  2. For porch tea, pour water into the jar and add the tea bags. You can easily do this with green tea too. We tried it and like both! For inside tea, heat the water in a tea kettle or large pot to nearly boiling, then pour in the jar with the tea bags.
  3. Porch tea needs to steep for about 2-4 hours depending on how hot of a day it is. Inside tea can steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Once steeped, remove the tea bags from the water.
  5. Add in the grenadine and ice.
  6. Use your optional add ins.
  7. Serve!
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