Summer is coming and what better way to beat the heat than with Iced teas! Iced tea is a beverage loved by even those who don’t normally like tea. It was popularized by chance when Richard Blechynden, an American merchant and tea plantation owner, added ice to hot brewed tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. If you are looking to improve your diet and health, learning how to make homemade iced tea is the best decision you can make this summer. Besides, it’s fun, and you can choose absolutely any loose leaf tea as a base. The easiest and the best way to make iced tea at home is cold brewing. Although you can use almost any type of tea, the best leaves for cold brewing are green, especially flavored ones. An additional benefit of cold brewing is that even the tea leaves you usually don’t enjoy when hot brewed will have a completely different and refreshing flavor.
Check out the basic recipe for homemade ice tea using loose tea leaves:
1 liter of water (cold or lukewarm)
One heaped spoon of tea (any tea of your choice)
- Take a clean 1 liter glass pitcher or a teapot.
- Add one heaped spoon of tea.
- Add cold or lukewarm water.
- Let it steep for 2-3 hours, or overnight for the best result.
- Unless you remove the tea leaves from the pitcher, drink it within 24 hours. When the leaves are removed on time, it will be good for a couple of days.
Find some useful tips below to make the perfect cup of cold brewed tea at home that is sure to come in handy:
- One spoon of green, black, white or oolong tea is enough for 1.5 litres of water.
- For fruit tea, use at least 2 spoons.
- Green tea requires the least time to brew. Tightly rolled oolong will require more.
- Tea with smaller particles will brew faster.
- Add sweetener only if you really have to, but only after you pour tea into your glass. Sweeteners such as granulated sugar minimize the health benefits of iced tea.
- Add additional ice or lemon juice to make it extra refreshing.
- If you are using pure loose leaf tea, add slices of fresh strawberries, cucumber, lemon slices, mint or basil for natural flavoring.
If you are in a hurry and want to enjoy your iced tea instantly, there is a very easy way to make iced tea fast. All you need is a cup of ice, cocktail shaker, boiled water and your favorite tea leaves. The best benefit of this method is that you can use any tea type, even herbal. This way will release more catechins and more caffeine, but might also result in a bitter brew.
- Bring water to a boil and let it cool down to an appropriate temperature for the tea type you are using. General advice is to use 100 °C for herbal tea, 95 °C for black tea, 85 °C for oolong, 80 °C for white and 75°C for green tea.
- Put leaves into a strainer or a teapot. Use twice the amount of tea leaves you would normally use.
- Pour around 100-150 ml of water and let it brew for 2-10 minutes. The longer you let it brew, the stronger the flavor will be, but some teas like green, black or oolong might become bitter.
- Fill the shaker with ice, then pour in brewed tea and add honey or some other sweetener.
- Shake for a minute.
- Pour the tea into the glass with ice cubes.
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