Is there anything better about the summer months than a great barbecue? We don’t think so! As the weather heats up, so does your grill. And friends start coming together to catch up, laugh, and have some outdoor fun.
And what would make your BBQ better? Adding some refreshing drinks that are both tasty and healthy!
Serve your friends heat-busting drinks that are bursting with flavor and loaded with delicious fruits and herbs. Here are some of the best teas to pick the next time you fire up the grill. (And feel free to create your own blend from the tips you learn.) Your guests will be happy you did.
Raspberry Fizz Tea
The Raspberry Fizz Tea is a light, refreshing pink fizzy drink that is full of flavor and antioxidants. Bonus: It’s also calorie friendly!
- 3 teaspoons of organic Dragonwell Green Tea or Jasmine Ancient Beauty Oolong Tea
- 4 cups of room temperature spring or purified water
- 1 quart size canning jar with lid
- 2 cups chilled organic cranberry and raspberry juice sweetened with fruit.
- 3 cups chilled no-sugar, raspberry-flavored sparkling water
- Fresh raspberries
- Fresh lime, sliced
- Fresh mint
This tea needs to be cold brewed. Take 3 teaspoons of your tea and add to a quart jar. Add in 4 cups of room temperature water to the jar. Stir well. Add the lid and give it a shake. Place the jar in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. Once the tea is brewed, strain out the tea leaves and discard.
In a glass pitcher, add 4 cups of tea, 2 cups of the juice and flavored sparkling water. Stir and add the raspberries, lime slices, and mint leaves.
Serve in glasses with ice, a couple of raspberries and mint leaves.
Green Watermelon Iced Tea
This is a beautiful, invigorating tea that is sure to impress at your next BBQ. It’s also one of the most hydrating teas, which is perfect for really hot summer days.
- 6 cups of chilled blended watermelon
- 3 cups of spring or purified water
- 2 Matchasticks
- Small whisk
- 1 lime sliced
- Mint leaves
- Agave or Raw honey as a sweetener
Whisk the matcha green tea and water together. Add a touch of sweetener if desired and whisk again. Fill short glasses with ice and pour about 1” of blended watermelon into each glass first.
Carefully pour the matcha on top of the blended watermelon in the glass. You don’t want them to mix. Top off with a small amount more of carefully poured blended watermelon. Add a few mint leaves on top and garnish the glass with lime slices.
Tips, Tricks, And Substitutions
Make sure that carbonated water or other fizzy options are chilled. Cold temperatures will help your drinks stay bubbly the longest.
When using watermelon, buy seedless or de-seed before blending. You can also substitute agave syrup with raw honey or even Grade B maple syrup.
These teas will help everyone stay hydrated and happy. You probably didn’t think you could add so much flavor to your BBQ, but with these drinks, this season’s party will be your absolute best! Enjoy!