Nothing says summertime like a glass of iced tea. With temperatures rising around the Natural Home & Garden offices, we’ve been keeping cool each day by indulging in this refreshing summertime classic. And as there’s never a shortage of tea around the office, we have plenty of options to choose from each day. Best yet, many of these natural and organic teas are packed with antioxidants and are good for your health.
Below are just a sampling of some of our favorite teas to serve iced. Don’t see your favorite? Leave us a comment! In the meantime, enjoy these—the best natural iced teas that we’ve tried thus far.
Lemongrass, spearmint and peach flavoring give a little zing to this tea, just one of Yogi’s many takes on green tea—a perfect variety for serving iced, in our opinion! Extract of cat’s claw bark, a traditional healing and rejuvenating herb in Peruvian Ashanica Indians culture, supports vitality, while lemongrass and spearmint uplift and refresh. For a fruiter green tea, we also recommend Yogi’s Green Tea Goji Berry variety.
Cost: 16 tea bags, $5
For a tea that perfectly encapsulates summertime, brew up a glass of Mango Margarita tea from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. A blend of black tea, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, lemon balm, mango and lime flavors, this USDA-certified organic tea will have you dreaming of white sandy beaches and tropical breezes.
Cost: 22 tea sachets, $7
If caffeine is of concern to you, try Frontier’s Forever Fruit Herbal Tea, which will stimulate your taste buds without keeping you up all night. This USDA-certified organic tea is a refreshing combination of rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, peppermint leaf and health-boosting hibiscus.
Cost: 1-pound bulk bag, $27
In this caffeine-free variety from Choice Organic Teas, the flavors of lemongrass, lavender, spearmint and peppermint all subtly yet harmoniously blend together to create a tea that is calming yet refreshing—perfect for a stressful afternoon. Like all of the company’s teas, the Lemon Lavender Mint variety is USDA organic certified; it is also fair trade certified and non-GMO verified.
Cost: 16 natural fiber tea bags, $5
If you prefer floral to fruit when it comes to tea, Numi Organic Teas’ Jasmine Pu-erh is a great option. A type of ancient, fermented tea rich in antioxidants, pu-erh offers a rich, earthy flavor that complements the sweet floral of the jasmine flowers. Like many of Numi’s teas, the Jasmine Pu-erh is USDA-certified organic and fair trade certified; its outer packaging is made from 72 percent recycled content; and its tea bags are made from natural biodegradable filter paper, non-GMO corn or plastic “silk.”
Cost: 16 tea bags for $9
Perfect as a post-meal beverage, this blend of organic peppermint and spearmint leaves will soothe your stomach while offering a kick to your taste buds! Like most mint teas, this variety from Mountain Rose Herbs is caffeine-free, offering a good option for those times of day when you want to watch your caffeine intake.
Cost: 4 ounces of loose leaf tea for $6.50