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Fresh AF Iced Tea

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My life has recently improved x1000 due to a recent purchase, and I’m feeling the need to share it with y’all immediately.

Enter: my new Iced Tea maker.

I have this thing where I need to be eating/drinking something at nearly all times. Call it a nervous tick or an oral fixation, idk. For this reason, I drink a LOT of water throughout the day. Adding tea into my daily routine has been an easy way to spice up my life a bit.

Sitting here in my apartment, in my full sweatsuit with a bun on top of my head at 2PM on this GORGEOUS summer Sunday, I realize that my life probably needs a lot more spicing than brewing iced tea in bulk allows for. But, we’ll get to that later. One step at a time.

So, here is my $15 life-changing gadget.hustle and halcyon iced tea maker

This gives me major flashbacks to my Dad brewing his Lipton iced tea in this very same gadget on summer days back home. Of course, 15-year-old me was like oh look at my dork dad with his dork iced tea maker like a huge dork.

Now, I get it. Adult life is about getting excited about things like iced tea makers, high-quality candles, & blow-out sales on picture frames.

A couple of times a week, I take a moment to reward my newfound adult-ness with fresh-ass iced tea brewed in bulk. It’s really the little things that brighten my day.

One brew usually lasts me a few days ( a few HUGE cups of iced tea ). Currently, I’m using 6-8 tea bags to brew the tea over ice, but I just ordered some coffee filters to make brewing loose-leaf tea possible ( so if that’s what you want to use, definitely scoop some of those off Amazon as well ).

My current favorite iced tea recipe is made with this Rooibos tea, lemon & stevia.

Rooibos tea has a bit of a fruity flavor that pairs well with the lemon, & tastes SUPER fresh when brewed over ice. It reminds me of hibiscus tea ( which would also be SO BOMB ).

summer iced tea recipe


6-8 Rooibos Tea Bags
Juice of 1/2 – 1 Lemon
6 packets of Sweetleaf Stevia


– fill pitcher with water up to the ‘water’ fill line, & ( with the device unplugged ) pour water into the water chamber
– fill pitcher with ice up to the ‘ice’ fill line
– place tea bags ( or coffee filter + loose leaf tea ) into the large brewing chamber & place the lid on the brewing chamber
– attach the brewing chamber to the pitcher, and then attach the pitcher to the Tea Maker
– turn on & let the tea brew over the ice ( it should take about 5 minutes )
– stir in the juice of lemon ( I usually the juice of a full lemon ) + stevia
– et voila! affix the lid to the pitcher & place in the fridge to keep cold!

This tea recipe yields an iced tea with a lot of flavor. I CANNNNOT with tea that tastes like nothing. The brewing process requires entirely too much effort to result in some watered-down, nasty-ass tea.

A lot of the flavor is in the additions, so I make sure to add a LOT of lemon & stevia. I’m not usually the biggest fan of stevia, but I like the way it tastes in this particular iced tea.

I’m just REALLY PUMPED about this iced tea, guys. You all need to treat yourself to an iced tea maker to truly understand what I’m talking about, LOL.

Anyways, I shit-you-not, I’m off to brew a batch of this right now. Happy Sunday, friends. xx