Get your sugar-free summer started with this sweet tea lemonade. Half sweet tea, half lemonade, all refreshment!
You know, I am really not that much of an iced tea drinker. It’s not something that was on offer much in my house growing up, so it’s not what I crave when I am in need of liquid refreshment. I drink plenty of tea, both herbal and caffeinated, but it’s of the hot variety and it’s mostly in the colder months of the year. My first introduction to iced tea came at summer camp, where vats of cold tea and lemonade were made from the horribly sweet (and presumably chemical-laden) powdered mixes. Just add plenty of cold water and ice and stir! While I am sure I drank my fair share at the time, I never took a huge liking to those. I find no real refreshment in overly sweet drinks.
And then there were the Snapple years, when everyone was enamoured of their fun flavours and funny commercials. I would purchase a bottle and drink about half before I realized that what I really wanted was water. Once again, that sugar took away from the actual refreshment for me, and I am sure I wasted quite a few half bottles of Snapple in my day.
So to be frank, the idea of “sweet tea” was never all that appealing for me. But with the unseasonably warm spring we’ve had in the PNW, I’ve been craving something other than water and decided it was time to shake things up a bit. And perhaps to give iced tea another chance. Real iced tea made from scratch is truly a whole different creature from the powdered mixes of summer camp. And sweet tea that’s not actually made with sugar is yet another creature still…sweet-tasting, but without that cloying affect so it’s much more refreshing.
And then take that sweet tea and mix it with tart-sweet lemonade (that’s also not made with sugar)? Now that, my friends, is true sugar-free summer refreshment. Bottoms up!
Please see my low carb Sweet Tea Lemonade recipe on Swerve Sweetener
Serves 8 (1 cup servings)
Food energy: 14kcal
Total fat: 0.02g
Calories from fat: —
Total dietary fiber: 0.07g