Friday, May 22, 2015
What Can I Use To Sweeten Iced Tea?

What Can I Use To Sweeten Iced Tea?

 

“My family loves a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea in the summer. What sweeteners would you recommend? Thank you!”
Connie H.

Editor Responds: The best options to sweeten your iced herbal tea with are raw honey, maple syrup, or stevia. We do not recommend that you make your iced tea with black or green teas which both contain caffeine, nor any herbal tea containing caffeine.

18 comments

  1. I’ve been reading that Stevia may have carcinogenic properties. Have you researched this?

    • smattero, where have you read this? I need that info please since my husband has been using stevia as his sweetner and he has had cancer in the past. thanks.

      • Hi Tami,
        I cannot find where I read it, but I’d like to retract my post. After more searching, it seems Stevia is fine. I’m also a cancer survivor. Sorry if I caused alarm. Be well.

        • Stevia is fine; the imitations probably aren’t. I have taken the leaves directly off the plant and eaten them, and they taste exactly the same as the (real) Stevia you can buy.
          It’s also easy to grow; and easy to make. Still, it has that yucky taste, in my opinion.

    • Yes, I have. My husband passed away from cancer. True stevia does not have carcinogenic properties as far as causing cancer. Remember everything natural contains carbon and that is where carcinogens come from, but they are not all negative. Therefore, everything living has carbon in it thus making it carcinogenic. Stevia is the real deal. Now Truvia and those others popping up in the market would be another story.

  2. What would be a good spiced decaf herbal tea to get for ice tea?

    • The very BEST I’ve ever had is “Good Earth” original tea. The spices they use in their blend are actually naturally sweet, so you don’t need even the slightest bit of sweetener to enoy a fantastic spiced iced tea. We get huge compliments EVERY time we serve Good Earth tea to a crowd, and they DO make a decaf version. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  3. Something that is really great in ice tea and will help sweeten it naturally is to squeeze an orange in your tea instead of lemon…..yummmmmmm.

  4. I use sugar; rapadura; honey, or maple syrup. Yes, I know sugar is not good, but I put it in a few things and not much or many.

  5. I have started using Agave sweetener for both iced and hot tea. It is a better sugar due it’s glycemic count. It makes great ice tea!

  6. How can I learn a reasonable amount of stevia to use in making about a quart of herb tea?
    (I steep the tea bags in a coffee pot – I call it my tea pot because it is NEVER used for coffee). Thanks.

  7. You can brew a tea that is naturally sweet. “Good Earth” (original flavor) uses a spice blend that is naturally sweet, so you don’t need even the slightest bit of sweetener to enoy a fantastic iced tea. It’s spicy and a welcome suprise as iced tea. We get huge compliments EVERY time we serve Good Earth tea to a crowd, and they DO make a decaf version. I can’t recommend it highly enough. (And orange squeezed in would be fantastic as well.)

  8. I have been buying frozen concentrated white grape juice to sweeten my tea and it works fine for me.

  9. Can someone tell me how much stevia to put in a gallon of tea? Do you use liquid or powder stevia? I tried using as much stevia as I would sugar, but it seemed to be to sweet.

    • I use 1 drop of stevia liquid to 2 ounces of tea (to make a sweet tea). A gallon, being 128 ounces, would require 64 drops of stevia. I do not use the powder because it is often paired with dextrose, unless you use the SweetLeaf brand.

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