The current heat wave makes iced tea a favorite summer sipper. Making your own from scratch is super easy and allows you to use less sugar than you’ll find in a store bought mix. Or you can skip sugar altogether and add lemon instead for a tart thirst quenching drink.
The following tips make this crowd-pleasing drink even better:
Tea – use stronger teas
When foods are served cold, flavours become dull. Therefore use a stronger tea – such as Darjeeling or Jasmine. Use 2 heaped tablespoons for every 3 cups of water for best results.
Steeping time – don’t overdo
If you like your tea stronger, use more tea rather than lengthening the steeping time. A longer steeping time brings out the tannins in the tea and increases the bitterness.
Sweetening – syrup rather than granulated sugar
If you sweeten your tea, add the sugar to the hot tea so the granules dissolve. My personal favourite for sweetener is agave syrup or just honey. Don’t add granulated sugar to cold tea as it will leave granules in your glass.
Cool down before refrigerating
Allow your tea to cool before you refrigerate: putting hot tea into a cold fridge makes it cloudy.
Real is better than artificial
That goes both for the tea and lemon juice used! Only use real fresh squeezed lemon juice for the very best flavor.
And – last but not least – fresh is still best
Freshly made iced tea tastes best. Make only what you will drink in two or three days.
Here is to a warm and beautiful summer!
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