As the weather starts to warm up, most of us will be looking at ways to cool down and refresh ourselves. One great way to combat the heat is with a glass of iced tea. Iced tea can come in a variety of different flavours, and unlike its warm and milky cousin, it is a refreshing and thirst quenching drink for a hot summers day. One thing that often puts people off the idea of making an iced tea for themselves is that they are not sure how to go about it. So, we are here to help. We have put together our top tips for making the ideal iced tea. Making sure that you have a tasty and cool drink to enjoy out in the sunshine.
The basics of making iced tea
What is great about iced tea is that it is pretty much personalised to your tastes, you can make it just how you want to.
Before you start to get creative with your iced tea, you should make sure that you understand the basics. It is best to make your iced tea in a heat proof pitcher, as this means that you don’t have to worry about transferring the liquid between different containers. The perfect ratio is 2 teabags to four cups of boiling water. This needs to be left for around 3 to 5 minutes to properly infuse. After removing the teabags, you can sweeten the iced tea with sugar (adding as much as you want). After this it is time to add in 6 cups of ice cubes, stirring them until they have melted (or 4 cups of cold water if you don’t have any ice around).
Fancy some citrus zing? If you do, then add some lemon slices for a citrus zing and then pop the mixture into the fridge to cool down.
Experiment with flavours
Okay, so now you know how to make the basic iced tea mixture, you might want to make it your own, adding different flavours. Fruit works perfectly with the basic flavours of iced tea. If you want to make it tropical then you can add fresh peach, kiwi or pineapple as well as a half a cup of sugar syrup. You could also make the ideal summer drink by adding fresh strawberries, lemon juice and powdered sugar.
Ultimately, iced tea can have a variety of flavours added into the mix, using up your fruit bowl and creating a beautiful drink that you will love to enjoy! So, grab your kettle and teabags and see what you can create!