Sure, the ready-made stuff is fine, but why not celebrate National Iced Tea Day with a homemade summer cooler? This recipe boasts layers of flavor from jasmine tea, fresh ginger, lemon and lime, all muddled together with lemon thyme and a mountain of ice. Get that lounge chair out and relax — a glass of this stuff is sure to cool you off on those hot summer days.

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Ingredients (Makes 6-8 servings):

— 4 jasmine teabags

— 8 cups boiling water

— 2 thumb-sized pieces of ginger, peeled and chopped

— 1/2 cup sugar

— 4 lemons

— 2 limes

— ice

— sprigs of lemon thyme or regular thyme

— lemon and lime slices to garnish

Instructions:

1. Place the teabags, ginger, sugar and boiled water in a large bowl. Let brew for 10-15 minutes.

2. Remove the teabags and ginger using a slotted spoon, then place the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until chilled.

3. Squeeze the lemons and limes into a large pitcher and pour in the chilled tea until it is almost full.

4. Add in slices of lemon and lime, then top with lots of ice. Muddle in a few sprigs of lemon thyme just before serving.

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Fresh out of jasmine tea? Green tea would work just as well.

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Place the teabags, ginger, sugar and boiled water in a large bowl. Let brew for 10-15 minutes.

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Remove the teabags and ginger using a slotted spoon, then place the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until chilled.

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Squeeze the lemons and limes into a large pitcher and pour in the chilled tea until it’s almost full. Add in slices of lemon and lime, then top with lots of ice. Muddle in a few sprigs of lemon thyme just before serving.

Zesty and refreshing ginger and lemon thyme iced tea

Meet your new favorite summer drink!

Zesty and refreshing ginger and lemon thyme iced tea

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