Do you love a comforting cup of tea in the winter? Hot tea is great, but sometimes summer can get too hot to enjoy this hot beverage. The good news? You can ice it! Here’s how you can make the perfect pitcher of iced tea to enjoy on the patio this sunny summer.
Step 1: Choose Your Tea
What kind of tea do you like? In terms of form, both bagged and loose leaf tea will work for iced tea. You’ll likely just have a little more work to make loose leaf iced tea, but it is still a simple process overall.
We advise herbal or other fruity teas for this, though you can also make iced green tea should you wish. Teas like English Breakfast or Earl Grey, while amazing blends for hot tea, do not work as well as iced tea.
Step 2: Boil Water
Why would you boil water if you are making iced tea? You do it because your tea needs the hot water in order to steep and release their flavour. While you wait for the water to boil, move onto the next step.
Step 3: Prep Your Pitcher
If you are making loose leaf iced tea, you are likely going to need a pitcher with a built-in infuser, or other infusers you can dunk into the pitcher. Put the tea in the infuser or straight into the pitcher if it’s bagged tea). You will need double the amount of tea you would normally put in for a cup of hot tea (e.g. if you put in one bag or teaspoon per normal cup, put in two for iced tea).
Step 4: Pour and Steep
Once your water is ready, pour it into the pitcher with tea. Only fill you pitcher halfway if you plan to drink your iced tea soon. Otherwise, you could fill up the whole pitcher with the hot water if you want. Wait for four to seven minutes for steeping (adjust based on the specific tea you are making)before taking the tea bag or infuser out of the pitcher.
Step 5: Add Ice
If you are going to drink your tea right away, fill up the rest of the pitcher with ice cubes to drop the temperature as fast as possible. If you are saving the tea for later, you can just top up the pitcher will cool water if you need to, or just put the full hot pitcher into the fridge.
Step 6: Enjoy!
You’re ready! Pour the tea into a glass and enjoy the summer sun on the patio while sipping your cool, refreshing beverage.