Herb Infused Iced Tea Trio - Jalapeno Pineapple Infused White Tea

Labor Day is fast approaching signifying the official end of summer vacation. Whoever deemed the summer months as a “vacation” sure was using the term loosely. Down here in the south last ditch efforts for summer fun are in play. This means BBQ’s on every corner, water sports, and the typical consumption and enjoyment of spirits.

If you’re like me sipping on a Labor Day cocktail simply isn’t in the cards. Maybe you are avoiding the empty calories for weight loss, maybe you have nixed the alcohol for personal reasons, or maybe you have a herd of rowdy children to keep up with.  Remind me again, when do they go back to school?  Does this mean nondrinkers are stuck with sugary sodas or the ever so exciting bottles of water? Not anymore! Today I will share with you a trio of fully flavored, lightly sweetened iced teas sure to keep your mouth happy and your mind fully functioning!

Prepare Instantly Fresh Herb for Tea Infusion

The inspiration for these herb infused teas came to me one evening after a long hard workout at the local track. It was 90 degrees out and needing to quench my thirst I pulled into a drive through for my usual post workout un-sweet tea. Eyeing, and drooling, over the flavored beverage menu I said to my husband “I wish I could get flavored iced tea without all that sugary syrup”. I’ve always disliked those flavored syrups. In order to get more fruit flavor you are forced to continue adding the sugar as well. I then had my light bulb moment. Why not infuse tea directly with the fresh flavors of Litehouse’s Instantly Fresh Herbs, and then use my favorite sweeteners, if any, at my discretion.

Herb Infused Iced Tea Close Up

I can savor the sweet fruits summer has to offer with Basil Peach Infused Green Tea. I can escape (only in my head of course) on an Asian get-a-way while sipping on a Creamy Lemongrass Infused Black Tea. I can keep it spicy and tropical with Jalapeno Pineapple Infused White Tea. With many Instantly Fresh Herbs available in the produce section of my grocery store the flavor possibilities are endless. I can pick my poison while keeping my sugar intake to a minimum.

Herb Infused Iced Tea II
Infused teas are also a great option for children. The amounts of caffeine found in teas are certainly safer for consumption than the chemicals, caffeine, and sugars found in sodas and fruit flavored juices. An extra squeeze of honey or agave nectar in a kid’s tea will have them coming back for seconds. Letting your child add his or her favorite fruit to infuse the tea with will encourage a love for the healthier beverage.

Herb Infused Iced Tea Great for Kids Too!

Pick your favorite flavors and be sure to bring an extra-large pitcher of Herb Infused Tea to your Labor Day Bash or maybe a stick for fighting off the crowds if you’re not the sharing type. There will surely be others wanting to partake in tea time.

Herb Infused Iced Tea Trio - Jalapeno Pineapple Infused White Tea

Serves 8 | Finish in 1 hour

White tea is infused with jalapeno and sweetened with pineapple juice and agave nectar for a flavorful herbal iced tea.


2 white tea bags, 2 Tbsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Jalapeno, 4 c. boiling water, 1 c. pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp. agave nectar or honey, Fresh pineapple chunks for garnish, Fresh jalapeno slices for garnish


Place the jalapeno in the center of a piece of cheesecloth about 4” long and 4”wide. Wrap the cheesecloth around the jalapeno creating an herb satchel and tie closed with kitchen string. A coffee filter will work just as well for this task. Place the tea bags and herb satchel in a pitcher. Pour in the boiling water. Allow tea bags to steep 3-5 minutes before removing. Do not squeeze liquids from the tea bags, this will result in bitter tea. Taste the tea every 15 minutes or so to check intensity of the jalapeno. I like mine spicy so I left it in until ready to serve, you may want just a hint of jalapeno which will take a mere 15 minutes. Stir in pineapple juice and agave nectar. Place in refrigerator until cool. To serve pour the tea into an ice filled glass. Garnish the glass with pineapple chunks and jalapeno slices.

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