4th of July ideas for iced tea varieties

Sensational Iced Teas That Will Make People Happy

The 4th of July is here! It’s time to apply that sunscreen, bust out your wide-brimmed hat, and keep everyone as cool as possible. While you’re excited to bid those chilly winter weeks adieu, you quickly remember that the heat can be a bit much. And it can leave some people a little…grumpy. 

When it comes to 4th of July ideas, you love the chill of a good party cocktail. But drinking gin drinks all day long won’t keep people happy in the heat. 

The solution? A tried and true method for keeping your loved ones cool, grump-free, and refreshed is with hydrating beverages.

One of the best ways to cool everyone off is with an arsenal of iced teas. The 4th of July is the perfect way to highlight those seasonal fruits. Here are some creative 4th of July ideas from iced tea bars to fruity iced tea recipes and all the essentials you’ll need to make this Independence Day the best one yet.

Tea: The Highlight of Your 4th of July Festivities

Iced tea 4th of July ideas for fruit-infused summer drinks

Can iced tea really be the highlight of the holiday? It sure can! Tea is deeply woven into America’s history for better or worse. During the Boston Tea Party, Americans rebelled against the British and threw their tea in the Boston Harbor. 

Later on, sweet southern iced tea became a cornerstone of summertime in the states and today Americans still enjoy it. Did you know that most of the tea consumed in America is iced? And it turns out Americans still enjoy hot coffee quite a bit more than hot tea. 

Regardless of the history, iced tea is a welcome part of summer, and perfect for your 4th of July party spread! It doesn’t matter if you find yourself at the beach or at a backyard barbecue: Iced tea is pretty much an all-American necessity. And to make the best-tasting iced tea, you need to start with the right tools.

The Best Iced Tea Pitchers

4th of July ideas for a tea pitcher and iced tea glass and hibiscus tea

When it comes to iced tea pitchers, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any as exquisite and versatile as these. Their material is a notch above other teaware. You’ll find it’s used in chemistry lab beakers for their cleanliness — it’s also the same pure material used to store nuclear waste. This amazing material is called borosilicate glass and it’s used to create super pure and clean teaware.

Borosilicate glass is not only chemical-free, which makes your tea taste amazing, but it’s non-porous which means it’s easy to clean. Flavors won’t linger in your teapot from one batch of tea to the next. This super-strong glass is tempered so it can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures — and you don’t have to worry about it shattering as you flash-chill your iced tea. 

These tea pitchers come with removable infusers that help steep the finest tea leaves. If you want to make a small batch of tea, no problem at all — the long infuser allows you to make however much or little iced tea you want so it won’t ever go to waste. This is certainly the only kind of iced tea pitcher that you’ll need and the only one you’ll want to use on the daily — and for your 4th of July party.

Four 4th of July Iced Tea Recipes and Ideas

Iced tea 4th of July ideas for fruity iced teas and fresh flowers

Iced tea can be as simple as tea leaves steeped in water and flash chilled with ice. And while you love plain traditional iced tea, you want some fresh 4th of July ideas for themed iced teas to serve to your guests. Here are some refreshing flavors that highlight the all-American holiday and the best flavors of the season:

1. Red, White, and Blue Iced Tea

A white bowl of fresh blueberries and strawberries against a blue background

For this specialty, steep a strong pitcher of plain black iced tea — consider an English Breakfast or a Darjeeling with a more neutral flavor. For this recipe, muddle strawberries at the bottom of the pitcher. You can also make your own strawberry simple syrup by boiling and blending strawberries, water, and a dash of sugar.

Blueberries are a fun pop of color that you can muddle with your fresh strawberries or add straight to the iced tea. For an extra burst of icy goodness, freeze your blueberries before adding them to the iced tea. They turn into the most delightful fruit popsicles.

2. Watermelon and Mint Iced Tea

Fresh watermelon slices and mint on a blue plate

There’s nothing like the fresh taste of watermelon on a sunny afternoon. For this iced tea steep a strong plain black tea or a green tea for the base. How about a green tea with mint leaves that brings out the cooling sensation even more? 

Purée watermelon in a blender and mix it with your iced tea before adding fresh mint leaves. Or if you opted for a black tea without the mint, muddle some of the fresh tea leaves to bring out that minty flavor. 
Sweetener is optional for this iced tea, but you’ll surely want to garnish your iced tea glasses with fresh mint and watermelon slices for a show-stopping presentation.

3. Raspberry Lemonade Iced Tea

Woman’s hand reaching for raspberry lemonade iced tea

This spin on the traditional Arnold Palmer will have your guests coming back for seconds and thirds at your 4th of July party. For this recipe, use frozen raspberries — no need to spend the extra money on beautiful fresh raspberries. Either muddle them or create a simple syrup with your frozen raspberries to add to your black iced tea base. 

Add a touch of citrus — either lemon or lime — and mix the iced tea with your sweetener of choice. Or you can add a splash of your favorite sweetened lemonade instead. Top off your iced tea with a slice of lemon and plenty of ice for a fruit-infused spin on the traditional lemonade-iced tea.

4. Patriotic Fireworks Fizzy Iced Tea

Fizzy hibiscus 4th of July iced tea idea

There’s nothing like the little pop and fizz of soda beverages on the 4th of July. This patriotic fizzy iced tea will remind you of crackling fireworks. For the tea base, you can use any kind of complimentary tea. But, you may like the bright red color and characteristic flavor of an herbal hibiscus tea. 

To the iced tea base, add fresh lemon slices, cucumber slices, and mint with a touch of sweetener for a thirst-quenching flavor bomb. A splash of sparkling water adds an irresistible fizz. Top this bright red drink with plenty of ice and fresh blueberries to achieve that red, white, and blue tone of the holiday.

4th of July Iced Tea Bar

White bowl full of sliced strawberries and blueberries with red, white, and blue tablescape

Encourage your guests to create their own refreshing iced tea concoctions with an iced tea bar. Set up a self-serve iced tea station with a variety of teas and complimentary additions your guests can mix and muddle at their whim. It’s a fun and easy way to keep guests entertained. 

Set out pitchers of strong teas such as black, green, and an herbal blend. Leave the ice on the side to keep the tea strong and so it doesn’t dilute the tea flavor — guests can add as little or as much ice as they want to their cup. 

Offer different kinds of sweeteners — maybe honey and simple syrup. Fresh lemon slices are always a hit as are fresh mint leaves, and seasonal fruits like strawberries, blueberries, melon, and cherries. A cocktail muddler helps release the fruit's juices before guests add their tea to their one-of-a-kind creation and top it with ice. They’ll want to try all of the flavor combinations!

The Only Iced Tea Pitchers and Teaware You’ll Want

Glass iced tea pitcher with glasses for 4th of July ideas from Teabloom

This 4th of July, celebrate with all the pomp and circumstance and iced tea to boot! With their incredible selection of iced tea ware, you will find everything you need to serve your chilled favorites in style at Teabloom. 

Their teaware is made of the finest handcrafted borosilicate glass and comes in a variety of styles from classic to modern silhouettes. Teablooms pieces are not only beautiful but they’re made with sustainable and responsibly sourced materials that have your health in mind. A teapot from Teabloom is more than a statement piece — it’s a healthier and chemical-free way to drink your tea.

With teaware from Teabloom, the only flavor you’ll taste is from your tea. Drink your favorite teas with peace of mind, knowing that all you get from your teaware is the purest tea experience — and nothing else. 

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