Homemade Ice Tea

Today I have a guest blogger sharing a simple, refreshing recipe with you. I’d like to introduce you to Sue from Ivy Hill Farm. Our boys became friends at school, and Sue invited us down for a play date a few weeks ago. After seeing her email address ended with ivyhillfarm.ca, curiosity got the best of me, and I had to look it up. Ends up that Sue is a foodie to the extreme. She not only cooks…she cooks with food she raises! Ivy Hill Farm raises animals for “Food the Way Nature Intended”. We had a great tour of her farm, my daughter got to sit on a donkey named Poppy, and the kids helped collect eggs. And after all that hard “work”, we got to sit and enjoy a snack together. That is where I got to taste Sue’s Homemade Ice Tea, or as I’ve renamed it, SpIced Tea.


Hello from Ivy Hill Farm in SE Manitoba! It’s been a very hot summer so far and since sitting inside isn’t an option of the farm (I’ve tried once or twice, but it never really works), we’re always outside enjoying the sunshine (if by “enjoying” you mean wielding a pitchfork and shoveling manure while the sweat runs into your eyes). One of our usual refreshing drinks is a slight twist on an old favorite, Iced Tea. I mean real iced tea, none of this sugar-and-chemical-laden drink that revs you up more than an energy drink and leaves you thirsty at the end.

I suppose the combinations/permutations of iced tea are Legion, but our particular ‘recipe’ is the one the kids always ask for. Refreshing, thirst-quenching, and just a tad spicy, this drink when chilled overnight in the fridge will make you forget you’re sweating it out as fast as you can put it back in and will make your hot summer’s day just that much more enjoyable. Try to hold on to that feeling in about 5 months when the wind is blowing and it’s -40C!



Sue Dick farms with her family at Ivy Hill Farm. They raise heritage breeds on pasture to produce grassfed, all natural meats, like the kind your grandparents used to eat. Only better 😉 because more is known about animal nutrition now! For more information check out the farm’s webpage www.ivyhillfarm.ca and for the daily blog and pictures Ivy Hill Farm’s Facebook page.

As well Sue blogs under “the Happy Homesteader” for Mother Earth News  and writes the odd short farming-story for www.homestead.org.


  1. Betsy M says

    I am trying this tomorrow after I get to the store and find that tea. I am not really a tea drinker but my friends and children are so I need to improve my iced tea recipe. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

    • Jeanine says

      I had to go buy the Bengal Spice tea too. :) I’m not a fan of homemade tea, but love this stuff. Hope you like it too!


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