Iced Green Tea with Fresh Ginger

For the most part, the only thing our family drinks is the delicious Lake Michigan water piped into our kitchen sink.  But, sometimes it’s fun to treat ourselves to something a little fancier.  With summer in the air, I no longer crave the occasional cup of homemade chai tea; it’s too spicy and warming for the hot months.  When the mood for something other than water strikes, I like preparing a big batch of homemade iced tea.

The kids think they are the luckiest kids in Chicago when I serve them homemade iced tea, but I love how economical homemade is.  It is pennies per glass, and there’s no lasting environmental impact from a leftover plastic bottle. So refreshing!

Iced Green Tea with Fresh Ginger

12 cups water

6 green tea bags (I use decaf because I completely avoid caffeine)

2-3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into rounds

several spoonfuls of raw honey

Bring water and ginger to a boil.  Remove from heat and drop in tea bags.  Let steep for 3 minutes.  Remove tea bags and stir in honey.  Pour into glass storage jars, and toss the ginger rounds in, too.

Cool and serve over ice.

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