Looking for a cool, refreshing summertime drink? Try this Orange Creamsicle Iced Tea recipe and take a step back to sticky childhood summer days.
You guys! It’s starting to warm up! We even have an expected high temperature of 68 degrees today – it’s almost starting to feel like spring is really here to stay this time!
So, that means it’s time to start thinking about warm weather treats and drinks. Instead of having Snickerdoodle Scones and Hot Peppermint Patties for an afternoon treat, it’s time for fruit salad and this homemade Orange Creamsicle Iced Tea.
When I was a little girl, my Gram always made me special treats when I visited for the weekend. One of my favorite things that she made was Orange Creamsicle ice pops.
The funny thing is, as a kid, I thought they were this magic recipe that she had whipped up. She even had those old Tupperware ice pop molds, that were so perfectly shaped, so it made it seem as if the ice pops were even more fancy to a day dreaming little girl.
As an adult, I realize now that she only mixed orange juice and milk to make those special creamsicle pops! But, man were they good.
I haven’t had a creamsicle in years, but every now and then when I get the craving for that creamy orange flavor, I make a batch of this Orange Creamsicle Iced Tea.
It’s simple to prepare and only requires 4 ingredients (other than water and ice, of course). And the flavor? Well, it’s not a perfect match to the ice pops, but it’s pretty stinking close.
So, go ahead, the next time you’re reminiscing about those yummy old creamsicles, give this Iced Tea recipe a try. You’re going to love it! Here’s the recipe –
- 6 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 5 bags black tea
- 2 teaspoons orange extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pour water and sugar into a medium sauce pot and heat on high until boiling.
- Place tea bags into a gallon-size pitcher.
- Pour hot sugar water over the tea bags.
- Allow the tea to steep for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove tea bags.
- Add orange and vanilla extracts to the tea.
- Fill the remaining space in the pitcher with ice.
- Stir to combine.
- Refrigerate before serving.
- Serve your homemade Orange Creamsicle Iced Tea with orange slices to garnish.
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Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.