With pomegranate juice readily available any time of the year, why not try a new refreshing drink and enjoy some in this Pomegranate Iced Tea? Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
Half of me is Persian. My grandfather and my uncle were both pharmacists back in Iran. There was ZERO doubt about the health benefits of the pomegranate, even in the days and age of no tv. We had centuries of research, yes word of mouth research, about pomegranates.
Pomegranates are rich in fiber and incredibly high in antioxidants. We all know the health benefits of antioxidants. There is countless research showing that foods high in polyphenols (like pomegranates and olive oil) and good for the heart, body and mind.
Are pomegranates good for you? Centuries of pomegranate consumption and studies have made me a believer.
What kind of tea to use for pomegranate iced tea?
Iced tea fans are pretty passionate about the best tea for iced tea. I’m pretty neutral on the subject as I prefer hot tea to iced. And for hot tea, I’m an Earl Grey fanatic, no question.
The rest of my family love iced tea, in all of its varieties. From dark teas to green teas, they love iced tea. For this particular recipe for pomegranate iced tea I used Earl Grey. But you can easily use green tea or any of your favorite teas.
Is tea healthy for you?
Well, here we go again with the health questions! Many teas have been found to be rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. This is the unprocessed teas like green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea.
But tea can also be brewed with flowers, like hibiscus, chamomile and echinacea. All of these teas have additional health benefits, as well. Check out this article for more information on the health benefits of different teas.
Final words on pomegranate juice
You can find pomegranate juice at your grocery or you can juice it yourself. I have a directions here for juicing a pomegranate. The video at the top of the post shows you the best way to shuck a pomegranate (and you can read MORE on how to seed a pomegranate here).
- 3 cup chilled brewed tea
- 2 cup pomegranate juice
- ¼ cup pomegranate arils
- 4 sprigs of fresh mint
- 2 teaspoon granulated sugar or honey (optional)
- In a large pitcher combine tea and juice, stirring until combined.
- Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey (optional).
- Divide into four glasses filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint and pomegranate arils.
Serving Suggestions: Great alternatives to sugar is honey, agave nectar and stevia. For extra zing, add a squeeze of lime.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 47gProtein: 2g