Even though homemade iced tea is an essential part of summer…(and thank goodness summer will soon be here)…there are times when just plain tea is boring.

Times when you want something more…something more tasteful…something more satisfying…something more flavorful.

Here are some great ways to “kick it up a notch” and enjoy your perfect glass of iced tea ever more perfecter.

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Apricot…Add lemonade concentrate and apricot nectar to tea…Stir until it blends. Server over ice and enjoy

Blackberry…Purée 2# blackberries in blender or food processor. Strain through fine sieve. Discard pulp and seeds. Stir into the tea. Serve garnished with 1/4C crushed mint leaves and a couple of blackberries

Blueberry… Bring 1# fresh or frozen blueberries and 1/2C lemon juice to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice. Stir 3/4C sugar and the blueberry mixture into the tea.

Cherry…Add limeade concentrate juice to the tea…Serve over ice with lime wedges and cherries.

Citrus…Boil your tea with one stick cinnamon and 6Tbsp honey or sugar. Remove the cinnamon stick once the tea has cooled down. Add lemon juice and sliced lemons and oranges.

Green Tea…Brew your tea using green tea teabags instead of black…duh?!

Jolly Rancher…Brew the tea along with four Jolly Ranchers, any flavor.

Lime...Add 1-1/2C sugar and the juice from six limes per four cups brewed tea. Use fresh mint or raspberries for extra flavor and a cute garnish

Orange...Place one sliced orange in the bottom of a pitcher. Add 1tsp vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Pour the tea into the pitcher while still hot so the sugar dissolves and top off with water.

Peach…Add 11oz peach nectar.

Raspberry…Mash together 1# raspberries. 4C water, 3/4C sugar, 1tsp lemon juice, and 1tsp basil. Pour mixture into large saucepan. Cook for five minutes. Remove from heat. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice. Add mixture to your prepared tea.

Strawberry…Boil 4C fresh or frozen strawberries, 1-1/2C sugar or sweetener of choice, and 1-1/2C water. Lower the heat. Simmer 15min. Cool slightly. Pour syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a gallon pitcher. Pour the tea into the pitcher with the syrup. Stir.