Ice Ice Baby

Oh, yeah, the one you’ve all been waiting for – how to make iced tea at home!

 

If you’ve seen iced tea in the shops, and had a look at the ingredients, you’ll notice that actual tea is pretty far down the list. Which for a tea-nerd like me, just doesn’t cut it. If I’m after iced tea, I want there to be tea in that. And pretty much nothing else. So home made it is!

There are two main methods for icing your tea, which I’m going to show you today in this post, and one more I made up myself! I’ll also talk you through the best things to do with your tea, and additions you can make to it to have a super tasty chilled tea, or to make it beautifully presentable for your silly season party. I promise by the end of this post you’ll think its so easy you won’t know why you didn’t try it before!

Alrighty, lets get cracking with the iced brewing methods. [Read more…]

How do I make iced tea?

Iced tea is a staple of American Southern life; it is very popular throughout much of the United States , enough so that it is now being marketed in cans and bottles.

Good iced tea uses a decent brand of black tea which is then cooled (either in a refrigerator or by being poured over ice). Some people add sugar others don’t. Some people also like to add lemon.

Iced tea is very easy to make. Infuse a strong concentrate of tea (i.e. much less water than you would use for that amount of leaves) and add it to cold water to the right proportions. The better the quality of the tea, the better the iced tea will taste. It’s probably a good idea to use a strong-tasting tea that can stand up to the cold. Assam , for example, makes terrific iced tea.