Replace Sugary Drinks with Homemade Herbal Iced Teas

Homemade Iced Teas are great kid-friendly zero-calorie drinks. Ditch the sugary fruit punch!
Homemade Herbal Iced Teas

Are your kids drinking more sugar than you know? Are you giving them juice thinking it’s a healthier option than soda? 

Consider this. An 8 ounce glass of Old Orchard Organic Apple juice has 27 grams of sugar.

Juice isn’t the only sugary drink popular with kids. Take a look at these nutrition facts:

  • An 8 ounce glass of Tropicana Fruit Punch has 30 grams of sugar.
  • An 8 ounce glass of Kool Aid sugar sweetened mix has 16 grams of sugar.
  • An 8 ounce glass of Coke has 27 grams of sugar.

As a mom who wants to serve her family nourishing food, what can you give your kids that has more flavor than a glass of water but none of the sugar of a fruit punch or glass of juice?

Homemade Herbal Iced Teas

Herbal teas come in a variety of great flavors. You can choose from fruity flavors or sweet and spicy flavors.

One of our family favorites is Good Earth Sweet and Spicy tea. It has so much flavor, you will never know it has ZERO grams of sugar. Other sweet and spicy flavors we enjoy are Cinnamon Apple Spice and Constant Comment.

If your kids are addicted to fruit juices, try a fruity herbal tea. We love Country Peach Passion, Black Cherry Berry , and Red Raspberry.

Making a pitcher of homemade iced tea using herbal teas couldn’t be easier.


To make a basic pitcher of iced herbal tea, use this simple formula:


  • To TWO cups of boiling water, add FOUR tea bags. Allow to steep for at least SIX minutes.
  • Once your tea has steeped, add another TWO cups of cold water.  Makes FOUR servings. Chill SIX hours.

Whip up a pitcher in the morning and you’ll have a delicious pitcher of tea ready for when the kids get home from school. If you’ve been giving them sugary options, it might take them a few tries before they adjust to the taste. If you have a great deal of resistance, you can try adding a small amount of sweetener to the two cups of boiling water. Then reduce the amount of sugar with each pitcher until they are drinking straight herbal tea.


To jazz up your homemade herbal iced tea, try freezing tea in ice cube trays. Use the tea iced cubes in place of plain ice. Then, try combining flavors. For example, use pomegranate iced tea ice cubes in blueberry iced tea. Or another great combination is to make Mint iced tea ice cubes and serve in Lemon Zinger iced tea.

By making up pitchers of homemade iced teas, not only will you be cutting out sugar, you will be saving money. A box of 20 tea bags can be purchased on sale for about $2.00. Each box makes 5 pitchers of tea with 4 servings each. That is just $0.40/pitcher or only $0.10/glass!

Do you make Homemade Iced Teas to serve your family? Any favorites you’d recommend?

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  1. Great idea! I have been thinking of doing this for myself, but I like the idea of fruity lavers the kids will like too!

  2. We weren’t used to drinking much of them cold beverages anyway unless we are going places. But I like these options. I’m looking forward to try them. We usually just heat water and bring to a boil then get off heat and add the desired teas we like and the amount we choose and steep for 10 minutes. And strain as we use from bulk loose leaf or powdered herbs (cheaper then the packets according) then add a little of stevia for sweetener and some cold water if preferred so we can drink it. So we like to enjoy hot herbal tea. But I’m sure the children would enjoy it iced as well. and the fruity flavor, I like that idea. They are always making up some apple or orange juice from conc. and putting in there ice pop makers and freezing it. 🙂

  3. By the way we buy our herbs from a store in Iowa called Ameri herbs. It’s the cheapest place I found so far.

  4. Two of my kids drink milk, but otherwise all we drink is water and tea–and Mama’s coffee in the morning! We love hot tea year round, but I also make a lot of iced teas, too.

  5. I like your 2-4-6 method! I usually use loose tea and just eyeball it, and some batches come out better than others….

    When brewing a large batch from loose tea, my favorite method is to use a small stainless steel colander that hooks onto the edge of the pot, a paper coffee filter, and a cooking pot or steel mixing bowl. Line the colander with the filter and put in the tea leaves. Hang it on the edge of the pot. Pour boiling water onto the tea leaves to a depth that keeps them submerged in the pot while brewing. Then lift out the colander and pour the tea into a pitcher to chill.

    We are big fans of rooibos or “red tea” which has no caffeine and lots of antioxidants. I wrote more about rooibos here. We also like peppermint, which feels so cool! We can buy loose dried peppermint at a very low price in the bulk section of our food co-op.

  6. My kids LOVE Lipton Blackberry Pomegranate Green Tea. You can find that on amazon as well. My dad started drinking it first. He gave it to them and my juice obsessed kiddos (2&4yrs) LOVED IT immediately!! They call it “Papa Juice”!

  7. Just wanted to thank you for the idea. I just purchased Good Earth Sweet & Spicy. Great alternative to my sugared drinks.

  8. Lisa, I hope you enjoy the Sweet & Spicy as much as we do! Andrea

  9. Heather S says:

    What about the caffine though?

  10. Hi Heather, Herbal teas don’t contain any caffeine, so there is no need to worry if you want to pack in your kiddos lunch. Andrea

  11. We love herbal teas. My daughter is addicted to the Hibiscus tea at Starbucks, well that packs a $5.50 per serving punch. I’ve made the Berry Zinger which is very similar and added stevia… she didn’t like it as well, but I’m slowly getting her off the sugar! Any suggestions on what to use for the berries that starbucks uses? I think they are actual hibiscus berries, but I’m not sure… Thanks for sharing!!

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