Richard Blechynden, the king of iced tea in our books, was struggling with sales at his hot-tea stall, so with all the pazazz of a genuine tea lover, he decided to pour tea over ice creating a tasty cool drink for visitors at the fair. The trend caught on and is still a great way to relax and chill on hot summer days.
Iced tea is traditionally brewed with black tea and served with a lemon wedge and usually accompanied by sugar. But there is a way to get a great-tasting iced tea without resorting to sugar. Or perhaps even without using any sweetener whatsoever. The answer is loose leaf tea.
Follow this step-by-step recipe
You can make iced tea from any type of tea, but some teas are more tasty cold than others. For example, fruit, flower, and herbal teas are excellent tea choices to serve cold. Explore our collection of teas by clicking shop tea above.
Choose the method of infusion A tea pitcher with a built-in tea infuser is a great option when making large quantities of cold tea. This allows for the easy removal of the tea leaves once the tea is ready to be served. However, you can also use a ball infuser or strain the tea when pouring. And, there are several cold brewers on our site you may enjoy.
Fill the tea pitcher with cold filtered water. The tea will steep over a long period, so hot water is not required as it can make the tea taste bitter. When you use hot water, tannins are released from the tea leaves into your drink, but with cold water, tannins are not released. This means your tea will not taste bitter or harsh. Cold brewing uses a much gentler and slower steeping process that, results in a smoother, sweeter tasting tea.
Using a measuring spoon add 4.26 grams of tea leaves for every six ounces of water. Add additional leaves for a more robust flavor if required.
Place the tea pitcher in the fridge and leave the tea to gently steep overnight or for a maximum of eight hours.
Remove the infuser and pour the tea over ice or enjoy chilled. This form of infusion is slow but every bit as flavorsome. If you want to add a sweetener, use stevia or a simple syrup, because honey and sugar can be difficult to completely incorporate.