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5 reasons to brew your own iced tea this summer

Homemade iced tea is the new trend infiltrating barbecues, picnics and beach parties throughout the UK this summer, and it’s a trend we’re on board with. In the UK, iced tea tends to come from plastic bottles and we’re not massively familiar with making it ourselves, particularly compared with the States or Australia. With the summer season arriving, it’s the ideal time for the UK to get brewing! Here are just a few reasons this is the summer to start drinking homemade iced tea…

It’s customisable

Brewing your own iced-tea means that you can put in whatever you like – add in your favourite fruits and herbs to make a tailored iced tea that tickles your taste buds. Not only is it delicious on a sunny day, but there are endless flavour possibilities to whip up in your own kitchen. Whether you love black, green, herbal or fruit tea, they can all be used to make a delicious iced treat. You can even mix different tea blends together – experimenting is all part of the fun! 

It’s perfect for families

Homemade brews are ideal for adults and little ones because they contain much less sugar than bottled iced teas, fruit juices and cocktails. Brewing it yourself allows you to control the sugar content – substituting sugar for natural fruits and herbs will make a healthy sweet treat suitable for the whole family. There’s also plenty of healthy blends out there you can use too – matcha tea is packed full of antioxidants, and it’s been proven to boost metabolism and burn calories.

It’s a great substitute for alcohol

Look no further than homemade iced tea for a perfect alternative to alcohol. With more and more people opting for sobriety, it’s a brilliant alternative beverage to serve at your summer parties. You can even create a mocktail to resemble a Long Island iced tea! T2 have brews that are perfect for creating cocktail-style iced teas such as Strawberries & Cream – ideal for a virgin strawberry daiquiris or Pineapple Basil Dazzle for a pina colada style mocktail. However, there’s nothing stopping you from adding some of your favourite tipple to the mix if you fancy a refreshing alcoholic cocktail! 

It’s photogenic

Homemade iced tea is not only delicious and refreshing, but it’s picture perfect too! Imagine relaxing in the sunshine with your sunnies on, you’re sipping on a stunning colourful cold brew, the sun’s glittering off the ice and you’re making all your Instagram followers thirsty with your flawless summery snap.

It’s better for the environment

If you regularly pick up a bottled drink then trading your bottled beverage for homemade could have a massive positive impact on your plastic usage. T2’s Jug-a-lot is specially designed for homemade iced tea making, use it again and again to avoid using throwaway plastics!

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