Lemonade vs Iced Tea: Which Side are You On ?

Iced tea and lemonade have a lot in common. They’re both delicious, for one. I can’t think of anything else I would rather have on a hot summer day. They are the essential beverages from the month of June until things start to cool off in early September (or December for us Floridians).

But there’s always a dilemma over which one you should tote around with you that day. I mean, you can only fit one in your tumbler (or can you?). So unless you’re double fisting it, you have a choice to make and we have some helpful information to see you through it.

Iced Tea

Pros:
It’s actually quite good for you.  Nothing beats a homemade glass of iced tea, you can make it as strong and as sweet as you like. Black tea has antioxidants that help protect against DNA damage from tobacco use. It also helps reduce the risk of stroke by 21% if you are drinking three or more cups of it daily.

Sun tea is the ‘set it and forget it’ of the tea world. It’s super easy to make and you don’t have to worry about it. In fact, you can relax with it in the sun for hours and get the perfect golden brown tea  — and tan.

Cons:
Well there’s the sugar issue for one. Like I mentioned earlier, six tablespoons is a lot of sugar for one cup of tea, but there are always ways around that.

However, when drinking iced tea it’s easy for it to become diluted. Ice is quick to melt in the hot summer months and that means your drink is going to get watered down (unless it is in one of our tumblers). The added water means you lose some of these health benefits associated with hot black tea. Although some store-bought teas are high in sugar content, some with up to six teaspoons of sugar per cup.

Lemonade

Pros:
It’s pretty straight forward and only needs three ingredients, lemons, water and sugar.  There’s no reason not to whip up some lemonade for your friends and family, because it’s super cheap and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

It comes in pink. The taste doesn’t change and it still has all of the same great flavor of regular ol’ yellow lemonade…but it’s pink. It’s always more fun to drink something when it comes in a funky color.

Cons:
Have you ever squeezed a lemon? If you don’t have one of those ‘lemon squeezer things’ than you’re going to have a bad time.

Store bought lemonade, or frozen ‘just add water’ lemon juice, is high in sugar, and I mean really high. In an average 16oz bottle, there is about 7 teaspoons of sugar. Some of them have even more. So think before you sip if you don’t want an unnecessary sugar rush.

Iced tea and lemonade are both summertime essentials. Both are relatively easy to make. The homemade version is definitely the way to go, no matter which one you decide to make this summer. And if we haven’t made that decision any easier, you could always mix them together and create the be all, end all of summertime drinks, an Arnold Palmer (or ‘half and half’ if you’re a snowbird).

–Hillary Terhune