How to Make Iced Tea

We get a lot of questions about what is the best way to make iced tea. Here are two of my favourite ways to make my iced tea. First you start off with fresh water and bring it to a boil and make a large pot of tea. Add one teaspoon of tea for every cup your are making. Steep as 3-5 mins for black tea, 3 mins for oolong, 5-7mins for fruit or rooibos and 2 mins for green. If you want to add a sweetner this is the best time to add it. I usually use local honey. I love the taste, you don’t need a lot and your supporting local businesses. Let your pot cool down a bit and put it in the fridge. You can pour some of the tea into an ice tray and freeze it. When you are ready to serve you can add your tea ice cubes to a glass and pour your tea over the tea cubes. There will be no watering down of the tea as the cubes melt and you will have tasty cold refreshing ice tea.

The other way you can make your ice tea is to follow the above directions but with a few changes. Instead of using 1 teaspoon per cup you will be using 2 teaspoons. You can skip making tea ice cubes and just use regular ice cubes when you serve your tea. You are doubling the amount of tea because the ice cubes will dilute the tea. You also don’t have to put your tea in the fridge just pour the tea over the ice cubes.

You can also have a little fun by adding fruit to the bottom of the glass or add as a garnish on the side of the glass. You can even muddle some mint and add it to the glass or pitcher to give it a mint flavour.

Have fun and enjoy that quenching glass of natural iced tea. All flavour and no additives. Plus it tastes way better.