a different kind of iced tea

@jazel_juan (15767)
Philippines
January 14, 2013 1:05am CST
Usually i would just go and buy those powdered form of iced tea we often see in grocery stores..the most popular here is from Nestle iced tea... Last night we were over my brother-in-law's house and his wife made this awesome pure iced tea that is addictive at the same time soooooooo healthy. She made it out of green tea with lemon grass and pandan leaves. of course the lemon grass and pandan leaves were boiled separately for their extracts..then mixed with the green tea and then some honey in it.. It was sooooooo delicious and refreshing, we were drinking it very cold and i want to make more of it too hahaha! i will definitely make some for my kids to drink too, at first the power of the lemon grass is strong but it gives you this strong minty after taste too that you will find refreshing... i was reading the health benefits of these stuff and it is utterly amazing. so i am planning on giving these to the kids too so they will start drinking healthy.
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@topffer (36404)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
14 Jan 13
A fresh plant is always better than a powdered one. I have never seen pandan leaves here, but I remember that lemongrass is used with mint to flavor green tea in North Africa, and it tastes very good. Sadly lemongrass is only commonly available in powder in my country ; fresh lemongrass is quite expensive here.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
oh really? here, it can be seen along side of roads.. or even in my backyard and funny as we take it for granted sometimes!
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@topffer (36404)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
14 Jan 13
You are lucky ! Lemongrass does not grow easily in Europe because the weather is too cold. In Southern France, we have melissa, which has a similar taste, but less strong, and can be found in the woods in spring and summer or grown in gardens. It is also used to make an iced tea, with lemons and sugar. I have not drank this since years, and now I want an iced tea in the middle of winter. Your fault, Jave.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
if only you are near i would gladly give some to you topffer!! i have lots in my backyard! and pandan leaves too.. well made some hot tea with the same taste instead
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@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
Before this powdered ice tea comes out in the market I use to make the natural tea from pandan leaves and lemon grass. My kids become too addictive with powdered ice tea and it's not good for the health due to synthetic flavor and chemicals on it. Now I give them cucumber water and I am happy that they've like very much....
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@simonelee (2718)
• China
14 Jan 13
cucumber water? Did you use machine to extract the water? Did you add anything on it?
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@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
@ simonlee, Ops sorry, I should say, water with diced cucumber It gives some scent and so refreshing
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
yes diced cucumber is also refreshing sis, i even love eating it!
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jan 13
WOw! It seems that you enjoy drinking the new discovered ice tea of your brother-in-law. I'd love to drink ice tea too. Instead of drinking softdrinks I prepare to have an ice every meal in our house. My wife already aware about my needs. I wish to drink that kind of tea soon.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
well do come home soon and enjoy it with your wife..
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Jan 13
I am still here at home, my wife don't want me to leave her while pregnant on my first baby. Either end of this month or first week of next month, she will deliver our baby boy.
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
14 Jan 13
Well, I too like the pier drinking tea, especially in summer than cool. I unlike you, I do not take the powder, but I go to the supermarket and take what already bottled, lemon-flavored or flavored peach. I have carefully read your discussion on the tea that you drank. It certainly will be healthy, but it is difficult, I believe that it is to my liking. Even for tea, like everything else, everyone has his own taste.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
it is health but i guess to some areas those materials are not available..
@SIMPLYD (84924)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
Lemon grass is tanglad, if i am not mistaken, jazel . Pandan leaves and this lemon grass are very cheap. They can be bought in the market. The honey though is rare, because what is sold are those commercialized ones that are not really pure honey. I think i will try it on weekends. Then, can i store bottles of it in the ref for the week's consumption, jazel? Thanks for sharing that.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
yes you can simplyd, we have around 3 liters of it in our ref right now! lol..instead of drinking soda or those powdered iced tea, we have that new recipe to enjoy.
@simonelee (2718)
• China
14 Jan 13
The green tea that you are referring is the one that we can buy in supermarkets, powdered form? What's the brand name of the green tea? I'm interested, sounds delicious. If the taste is good i would probably share it also to my friends and family. Excited to try it. hanks for the share. I'll search the health benefits online. Thanks!
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
the one i drank last night was not in powdered form, we made it.. from raw materials
@mtrguanlao (5527)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
Wow my friend,from how you describe it, I think I will love that recipe too! I so love iced teas! But I only use those powdered iced teas we buy from the groceries. If you don't mind my friend, can I post this recipe on my food blog? Can you please share me the procedures on how to do it? Would love to try it too! And the honey that you used,what is it?
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@rajaiv0810 (1013)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
Lemongrass is really amazing, but I have never tried to mix it with pandan. It is even better if you will have a cold fusion rather than boiling it. What we do here is we pound the lemon grass so the juice will be extracted. Lots of lemon grass though. Then put it overnight in a pitcher of water and put it in the fridge to make it cold. In the morning, you add kalamansi and mascovado or honey. It would taste great. We brought some of it in the school of my son, we made it like a punch. We put some apples and oranges and the kids really loved it. If you also have some makopa there you can boil the leaves too and add some kalamansi you will have a great ice tea as well.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
those are nice variations raj.. but i am not fond of kalamansi
• United States
15 Jan 13
I am drinking a sugar free powdered mix and the tea is so refreshing and sweet. I really can't see how it is sugar free. I lost 5 pounds since getting off sugared drinks so I am pleased to be drinking this mix. I plan to buy a bout $20 worth of it next month just to make sure I don't run out of it here for the month.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
there are also those kinds of tea here.. ones they said that can help you loose weight, some are laxatives, i have not tried any of it lately.
@1corner (744)
• Canada
14 Jan 13
You're lucky. I'd love to drink tea in its natural form as possible. I used to drink crystallized/powder tea, but it's not really healthy with all that sugar in it. We don't have 'pandan' leaves here, but can get lemongrass from the grocery store. I usually drink the tea-bag kind as the loose leaf variety tend to be more expensive.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
i believe it is a bit expensive one some parts of the world and some does not have access to raw materials..
• United States
14 Jan 13
I am a huge iced tea fan and when I saw you used powdered tea I was sad. I mean it's not bad if you are on the go and need a quick fix but fresh tea is the best. Green tea is my favorite and it does have so many great benefits. It is said green tea has antioxidents, slightly boosts the metabolism, boosts blood flow, and helps your bowls. Tea doesn't have a lot of caffeine in it but it still has a little just fyi for the kids.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
i really hope you read my discussion right my friend, i did not say i used powdered tea with the one we made from RAW materials.. we made ones from lemon grass, pandan leaves and green tea... no powder of any kind.
• United States
14 Jan 13
Iced tea should never come in powdered form. *Shudders* I'm glad that you have discovered real iced tea--and a healthy variety of it. Iced tea, like most things, is something that can be fairly healthy but can easily be "junked up" by adding unhealthy things. Those powdered ice tea mixes are a good example of the "junking up" of iced tea.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
yes and imagine my kids drank a lot of those commercialized iced tea..sad but now i have found a new way of making it, i will be making more of it too!
@shaggin (38595)
• United States
14 Jan 13
I dont really care for the nestea powdered iced tea you have to mix with water. It just never seems to taste as food to me as the premade nestea you can buy. My daughter likes to try all different kinds of iced tea. The other day when we were shopping she wanted orange flavored iced tea. I love peach flavored iced tea as well as raspberry. I have never heard of the tea your sister makes. It doesnt sound like something I would like to drink but thats awesome that it has so many health benefits. I hope your children like it.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
it does not sound so appetizing lol but when you taste it, it is very refreshing. i love apple flavored iced tea tho..
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
14 Jan 13
sounds great.. who make that kind? We have a walmart here in Mexico. maybe they sell something like that. Have a great week there...
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
my brother-ni-law makes it from raw materials i am not sure if something commercialized has been made from those ingredients.
@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
14 Jan 13
Wow! This is something new for me. You should have it patented jazel and sell you recipe to Nestle. he he. Have a nice day! I have to try it too.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
i don't think they would as i know there are some people who are allergic to lemon grass.. or some of its substance..
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
That surely sounded really delicious and refreshing at the same time. I'd love to try it soon and share it with my family. Thanks for sharing!
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
yup do try, it is that refreshing
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
13 Feb 13
hi, there's a lot of flavored ice tea and of course with different brand name,and the most ice tea that i have tasted really good and refreshing is the ice tea with the brand name Earth,i think the package of it is color red and the taste of it is like the ice tea of tokyo tokyo restaurant.