Iced tea is made from cold tea and is usually served in a glass with ice. It is a very refreshing drink especially in hot weather. Sugar or flavoured syrups can be added to iced tea to enhance the flavour. Lemon, raspberry, strawberry, and passion fruit are a few that prove popular.
As with all tea, the taste of iced tea depends on the type and quality of the tea used to produce it.
How to make Iced Tea
You can use either loose leaf tea or tea bags but if you use tea bags you may need to increase any timings to let the tea steep fully.
Boiling Water Method
Take your selected tea and add twice the normal amount of tea you would use. Add 2-3 cups of boiling water and leave for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or infuser and don’t leave the tea to brew for too long or it will become bitter. Let the tea cool slightly and pour into a jug. Add fresh water to double the mixture. You can then put the tea in the fridge to cool further and ideally over night. If the cold tea has become cloudy overnight, add a small amount of boiling water and stir to remove the cloudiness.
Serve in a glass filled with ice cubes and add a slice of orange or lemon. The tea can be sweetened with sugar or any flavoured syrup you like.
Put in twice the normal measure of tea of your choice in cold water and leave in the sun for at least 1 hour or until it has reached a colour you like. Then ideally put in the fridge overnight. If you are in a hurry remove the tea and add ice.
Warning: because no boiling water is used in this method any bacteria will not be killed if present so make sure any utensils used are cleaned thoroughly before use. It is also important to refrigerate the tea after it has been made.
Cold Water Method
Put the required tea in a jug remembering to put in twice the normal quantity of tea. Add 4 cups of cold water. Stir and place in a fridge overnight or for at least 6hrs. Remove the tea or tea bags from the mixture and keep cold until ready to serve. You can add sugar or any flavouring before serving with lots of ice.