Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Made at Home: Just like Panera's Iced Green Tea!

Are you a Panera fan like me??  I loved going to Panera for lunch when we lived in FL, it was definitely a go-to spot!!  I loved their soups and salad deals and that additional piece of sourdough bread that they threw on your tray...lol While I always experimented with their soups and salads, there was something in my order that always remained the same...  

Their delicious Iced-Green Tea!  

I make iced tea on a weekly basis, but I tend to go for the Chai or spices combinations.  This week, I only had plain green tea bags left, and I am so glad because one sip of this delicious all natural, calorie and sugar free drink brought me back to lunches at Panera...

What you'll need...

6 bags of a good green tea (I used Yogi Perfect green Tea)
a tea kettle or a pot
the peel of clementine (or 1/2 an orange)
the juice of 1 lemon
32 oz of water
10 Truvia packets
1 full drop of liquid vanilla stevia
a container that holds 32 oz of water

Directions:
In a pot or a tea kettle heat up your water and bring to a boil.  Once the water comes to a boil, add in your tea bags and orange peel and remove from heat.  Let the tea bags steep for about 2 hours or until water is at a warm/cool temperature.  Remove tea bags and orange peel from your tea water and add in half of your tea water to a 32 oz. container. Then add in your Truvia, stevia, and lemon juice.  Add the rest of your tea, shake your tea, and refrigerate. 
Add a handful of ice cubes to a glass, serve and enjoy!
Have a happy, healthy day! ;o)

16 comments:

  1. yummy! it really tastes like the panera one? and i love how you photoshopped that 1st picture w/ the words. <3 erica

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    1. Thank you Erica...Tasted just like it to me!... Thanks for stopping by ;o)

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  3. Ok, I am not getting it! 32 ozs of water dissipates to maybe half once it completes the steeping step! Help! I love the Panera tea and I want to re-create it!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Pam. The way that I steep my tea, is by bringing the water to a boil first, then I turn off the water and add the tea bags. I have never experience any dissipation of any kind. I hope this answers your question. Have a lovely day!

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    2. When you say "one full drop" do you mean one itty bitty drop or a whole dropper full?

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  4. Panera's tea is made from a concentrate and has added papaya and passion fruit flavor. That being said this recipe sounds like a perfect summer drink :)

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  5. Omg simply fuckin amazing its

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  6. I do not know what I did wrong this did not come out for me like I'd hoped....sigh

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    1. Oh no! Did you let the tea bags sit in the water? Let me know what I can do to help ;o)

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  7. What is a good substitute for liquid vanilla stevia? Can I just use sugar or honey? And how much?

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    1. Maybe try pure vanilla found in the baking aisle. Not extract, the real stuff

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  8. What do you mean by orange peel? Do I need to zest it?

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    1. Just add the orange peel in there whole, not zested. You will remove it once the tea is done steeping, it's just adding flavor.

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  9. But when we get the chance, we enjoy a good project. Something that entertains the kids, saves us a little money, is good for the earth, and even makes us feel pretty. And we want to share these ideas with you! Enjoy!healthy tea perth

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  10. Did your tea fill the container you pictured? Because that is a 64 oz container, not 32oz. 32 oz is only 4 cups of water and with 6 teabags it seems like this is going to be way too strong. My tea is already really dark after sitting for only 10 min.. I will add more water after steeping if necessary, but the proportions just seem off.

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