Ladies, do I have a tasty, summer treat for ya today!
Today’s recipe is literally just for fun — especially in the summer sun! 😉 Who doesn’t like some refreshing Lemonade Iced Tea on a hot day?!
Every single week it was exactly the same, my brother and I used to sit and watch him as he would boil water, steep some Lipton black tea, and pour every little ounce into one of those old-fashioned, glass gallon jugs — you know the ones with a narrow little neck and mouth, and the tiny little handle on the neck??
He would drain every last bit of the tea out of the tea bags, into the jug (without a funnel or anything), then pour in a thawed out container of lemonade concentrate, spoon in a very generous amount of sugar, and top it off with some water.
It was the same process every. single. week.
And, if you know my dad, you’ll know he’s a VERY simple man. He doesn’t want, or ask for much — but one thing he absolutely LOVES is his iced tea. He was ever so careful each week making his beloved iced tea, and never spilled a drop — again, without any funnel, and right into that narrow spout.
After he made the iced tea, he would let it get nice and cold while he cooked us all lunch — usually a grilled cheese! 😉 Again — another simple recipe.
It’s still one of my favorite memories of growing up — my brother, dad, and I sitting around the table, eating our lunch together and drinking “daddy’s juice” as we called it. (And yes, I’m 100% serious — that’s what we called it!)
Looking back on it, it reminds me of watching an artist work, almost…is that a little strange??
It’s it funny the love and care we put into those tiny little things that make up happy?? Well, for my dad that was his iced tea.
AND it was the same for his dad before him, and my oldest brother still makes his own version of iced tea too! Crazy how those traditions live on…
So naturally as a health and fitness fanatic — I needed my own version of the family recipe. I want something that I can share with my friends and family to bring everyone together and enjoy — especially on a hot summer day like today!
So what did I do?…Well, I made it the Live Fit Girl way.
More wholesome and natural ingredients — like real, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and sweetened with just a touch of raw honey. Of course, I still use Lipton fresh-brewed iced tea— I mean it is tradition after all! 😉
Iced tea has been a staple in my family traditions — so I thought it would be fun to share this recipe with YOU — since I consider you girls like my family!
Maybe YOU can make a iced tea with your family too — and sit together around your table, and enjoy a simple lunch with the ones you love. (Maybe I’ll even share a healthier grilled cheese recipes soon too! 😉 ) You’d be surprised how little traditions — like iced tea — can create memories that can last generations. 🙂
- 2 family-sized Lipton Iced Tea Bags
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup raw honey (or more to taste)
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups ice
- Pour the 4 cups boiling water over the family-sized tea bags in a large pitcher.
- Let the tea bags brew for 3-5 minutes, and then remove the tea bags.
- Add in the honey to the warm tea, and stir to mix in a melt the honey.
- Pour in the fresh lemon juice, and top with the ice cubes. Stir to chill the iced tea, and serve or refrigerate!
Do you have any traditions that bring your family around the table? Let me know in the comments!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.