I was brewing up batch after batch of my yummy Mighty Leaf Tea (reviewed previously), and noticing our toddler always asking for sips of my tea.

Of course, as it had caffeine in it, I would have to refuse him my “mysterious” beverage. I felt so bad. Here I was getting to enjoy a delicious summer drink, and having to tell my son to stick with milk or plain water. No fun.

Then I remembered the yummy tea my sister-in-law made us while we visited them in Florida this past April. Of course! And it’s so easy.

I just boil water. Add 4 bags of Celestial Seasons Red Zinger (although I’m sure red raspberry will do), and 2 bags of Lemon Zinger. I don’t know that the ratio matters too much?

Add water and steep for 10-15 minutes. You want a STRONG steep. I don’t even know if that is accurate tea-lingo. But just go with it.

Remove tea bags. Then add organic unsweetened apple juice – in a ratio of about 2:1 tea-to-juice. Again, I don’t know that this matters – just to taste.

Now you have a delicious Summer Fruit Tea.

No refined sugars. Yes, the apple juice has lots of fructose but if you choose organic and unsweetened at least it is “natural.” Plus you are diluting it quite a bit.

No caffeine! This was the huge selling point for me. Now I can give my son “tea” without giving him caffeine at this young age.

When DO you start allowing caffeine anyway? I remember drinking coffee from my parents’ cups at age five. Not regularly. But still…

Anyway – if you try this tea out yourself, let me know how you like it!

Happy 4th of July!

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  • Sherrie Watson July 19, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Julie, is that a glass straw?

  • Sarah Jane July 12, 2013, 12:38 pm

    I try not to give my almost three year old caffeine; though when she was at her grandparents recently, she definitely had caffeinated pop. I do something similar to this, except I add lemonade. So yummy!!

  • Crunchy Beach Mama July 4, 2013, 8:19 am

    my goal isn’t usually to give my kids caffeine. They get non-coffee frappes at Starbucks, a rare Sprite, etc but when I’m drinking tea mixes like the one you posted I cannot help but share. They are yummy! Really it’s only P who will drink tea and he loooooves tea. I’m starting him young. ;)