5 Best Places for Iced Tea in Metro Phoenix
One of our favorite things about living in Arizona, especially in the summer, is the iced tea. The South has its cavity-causing sweet tea, but here in the Southwest, we have our unsweetened flavored tea. Lucky us. (And grab some sugar, if you must.) Here is a list of some the best places around the Valley to get freshly brewed iced tea.
David Holden Souvia's carrot and orange flavored iced rooibos tea
AJ's Fine Foods
Despite being known for its pricey gourmet grocery, AJ's does sell a few items that won't completely empty your wallet. Surprisingly, AJ's sells iced tea at a very reasonable price: $1.39 plus tax for a 32 oz. large. With 11 Valley locations, it's also convenient. And AJ's also offers a large selection of the best teas China Mist has to offer. Rather than bombard the tea with exotic flavors, China Mist teas subtly blends the tea with hints of fruit to smoothly mix the two. Don't worry about if you're a little picky, China Mist's flavors use flavors from all over the fruit spectrum. Not a fan of traditional black or green tea? Try the sweeter black passion fruit or the prickly pear. Don't want caffeine? There are decaf or caffeine free choices. I'm sure you'll find something to your liking. Our favorite: passion fruit. Get it with a slice of orange.
Wildflower Bread Company
Most places purchase their tea with a vendor, which chooses the blend, but not Wildflower. Both the guava-green tea and the passion fruit with strawberry are this bakery's own custom blend. The guava-green adds a bit of sweetness to the green tea, while the strawberry combined with the passionfruit produces a more intense brew. Stop in for a loaf of bread, a muffin or a sandwich, and grab a tea to go with it. Or stay a while: there are plenty of tables at any of the nine locations around the Valley.
5017 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ