This easy mango iced tea is made with black tea, mango nectar, agave, and freshly squeezed lime juice. It’s the perfect refreshing drink!
I know that last week I posted a fall-inspired honeycrisp apple hummus recipe, but summer isn’t over quite yet! I’m excited to kick back with my guys over Labor Day weekend. We’re keeping it low key and planning to relax at home, go swimming in Alex’s parents’ pool, and grill at least once. I’ve want to make green chile cheeseburgers and fish tacos. And you can be sure we will be drinking plenty of this refreshing, tropical mango iced tea.
A funny thing happened last week. I had to call the cable company, and while I had them on the phone, in my best grown-up, authoritative voice, I said, “I’m considering adding the Cooking Channel. But, of course, it will depend upon the price you can give me.” The woman on the other line paused for a minute and then replied, “Well, it looks like you already have it. Channel 166.”
Oops. (Side note: whyyyy are there so many channels these days?)
So for the past few days I’ve been making up for lost time and binge watching cooking shows. One of my all-time faves is Brunch at Bobby’s with Bobby Flay. He just always looks like he’s having a really good time, you know? Plus I love that he always makes some kind of cocktail or drink to go with the meal.
As soon as I saw this mango iced tea, I knew I had to make it immediately. It looked perfect–fruity, refreshing, and lightly sweet. Plus, it only required a handful of simple ingredients. In fact, the only thing I had to buy was the mango nectar. (Side note: check the labels and make sure to get one without added corn syrup. Ick!)
Much as I love Bobby, I did make a few changes to his recipe. First, I swapped agave for the sugar. Second, I added the juice of one large lime, which really brought all the flavors–black tea, ripe mango, fresh mint–into focus. Lastly, to make it a little bit fancy, I added a sliced lime and some diced mango to the pitcher just before serving.
If you want to turn this into a cocktail, do like Bobby does and add a big splash of gin. I think it’s just perfect as is. In fact, I quite literally cannot stop drinking it. We’re already on our second batch and it’s only Monday.
Cheers to the end of summer and a beautiful fall ahead!
Mango Iced Tea
This mango iced tea is the perfect tropical refresher! If you don't have agave, you can substitute simple syrup. I used plain Lipton black tea for this recipe.
- Six black tea bags
- 2 cups mango nectar
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup agave depending on taste
- Juice of one large lime
- Diced mango and lime for serving
Place the tea bags in a pitcher. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Pour over the tea and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Transfer the pitcher to the refrigerator and chill until cold. Stir in the mango nectar, agave, and lime juice. Add diced mango and lime, if desired, just before serving. Serve over ice.