Refreshing, hydrating and nutritious, Iced Tea is a superb choice of beverage for those sweltering summer afternoons where we all need a pick-me-up. To those who are daunted by the idea of making their homemade iced tea, this simple step-by-step guide will take you through the entire process so you can whip up batch after batch of this delicious, healthy drink. Irrespective of whether it is a black, white, green or herbal tea, they can be enjoyed iced. Experiment with different teas to discover what sets your taste buds alive and refreshes your body and mind.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Loose-leaf tea
- 10 oz. of hot water
- 16 oz. ice
Step 1- Measure your tea
Measuring the tea is vital as it dictates the flavour of the iced tea. Adding too much will make it extra-strong and bitter, whereas adding too little will lead to a watery, bland drink. Just scoop approximately 5 teaspoons of your loose leaf tea into the steeper with the lid open.
Step 2- Add in hot water
With your loose leaf already in the steeper, now it’s time to pour in hot water (approximately 10 oz.). It is important to understand that the temperature of the water is crucial in determining the flavour of the tea. Similar to measuring the amount of tea, adding water that is too hot will burn the leaves and ruin the flavour, and adding water that is too cold will result in a mild, flavourless brew. It is ideal to use water just under boiling temperature.
Step 3- Let it steep
The time that you leave your tea to steep is the third significant factor that will make or break your iced tea. Let it steep for at least 5-7 minutes for a strong brew. Allow the leaves to release their aroma and flavour. Also, stir it from time to time to ensure all leaves are submerged and not floating at the top.
Step 4- Serve and drink up!
Once the time for steeping has elapsed, fill a mug with ice (16 oz. give or take) and dispense the tea over the ice. Shake it well. Make sure to strain the leaves, and you will end up with a rich, flavourful and rejuvenating cup of iced tea ready to go.