Delicious Iced Tea

Summer is right around the corner and nothing is more refreshing than a cool glass of iced tea on a summer afternoon!

Iced Tea!

Why make your own iced tea?

  • It tastes better: Loose leaf tea is higher quality than most tea bags, so iced tea from loose leaf tea tastes fresher and better
  • More Variety: When you buy tea bags, you’re limited to a few selections. With loose leaf tea, you have a wider selection. Plus you can blend teas yourself to make you own specialty types.
  • More affordable: Given the same quality ingredients, loose leaf tea is more affordable than bagged or store bought teas.

What tea do I use for iced tea?

Black teas are used to make traditional ice teas. But rooibos, green, and herbal teas are also great over ice.

Mixing two or three teas together will create a unique iced tea brew that is often better than any single tea. So try something new!

How to Make Iced Tea With Loose Leaf Tea

Follow these simple steps on how to make great tasting gourmet iced tea:

Hot Brew Method

This method is popular because it’s fast.

1. Measure your loose leaf tea into an infuser. Use twice as much for iced tea than you would for hot tea. That means if you make your hot tea with 1 tsp / cup of tea, you would make iced tea with 2 tsp / cup of  tea.

2. Add your hot/boiling water and brew for the same amount of time as recommended for hot tea.

3. Once you have brewed your tea, let it sit out until it cools a little. If you ice or refrigerate it right away, it may become cloudy. This will not affect the taste, but it will not look as nice.

4. Pour the tea into a glass or pitcher filled with ice.

5. Sweeten to taste with sugar, honey, lemonade, fruit concentrates, or syrup.

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Cold Brew Method

This method is popular because it’s so simple and the tea will never turn out cloudy or bitter.

1. Measure  your loose leaf tea. You should measure approximately 1 teaspoon loose leaf tea per cup of water.

2. Fill your container with as many cups of room temperature water as desired. Pour room temperature water through the tea-filled infuser, or directly over the loose tea.

3. Place your glass or pitcher of water and tea leaves in the refrigerator and steep for 6 to 12 hours, or overnight.

4. Remove the tea leaves when you’ve reached the desired strength or strain the tea leaves when you serve it.

5. Sweeten to taste with sugar, honey, lemonade, fruit concentrates, or syrup.

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Pro Tip: Make the most delicious drink in the world (an Arnold Palmer) by mixing your iced tea with lemonade.

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6 Responses to Delicious Iced Tea

  1. danielle says:

    It’s never occurred to me to try the “cold” brew method! I’m totally going to try that tonight!

  2. Mary says:

    What’s a tea infuser? One of those tea-ball things?

  3. Susan says:

    Great – we have to generate a picnic for 11 people in a couple of weeks. The iced tea – lemonade sounds perfect.

  4. Lynn Bee says:

    Hi Mary!
    There are lots of different types of infusers, but basically, yes! The ball infuser would be great for making one or two cups. If you were looking to make a whole pitcher, you can look for a special tea pitcher with a tea infuser built in, or a french press style container.

  5. Lynn Bee says:

    Danielle! The cold brew method is so easy and you can’t over brew so no bitter tea!
    Plus, it’s great to not have to use the stove/kettle to boil water when it’s already hot out!

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