With the warm weather recently, a hot cup of teas is the last thing on our minds. Luckily there are many ways to drink tea cold, sometimes we even prefer it! Below we have created three fantastic iced tea recipes ideas for you to enjoy.
The Best Way to Brew Iced Tea
As when making iced coffee, iced tea is still usually best made by brewing the tea with hot water before chilling rather than using tea bags or leaves in cold water. By brewing it In this way, the maximum flavour is drawn from the fruit, herbs or leaves, meaning that taste is not sacrificed. If you brew the tea first thing when you get up, it should give you enough time to chill the tea for lunch time.
Important: When chilling tea, you should ensure that it has cooled to room temperature before putting it into the fridge.
Iced Tea can be Enjoyed by Everyone, Even Kids!
The great thing about making iced tea is that it can be enjoyed by everyone. Tea connoisseurs will enjoy the refreshing change to their regular blend. It can even be used as a healthier substitute for soft drinks when making it for children. By using a fruit infusion, instead of a regular tea, it will ensure children have a drink that is comparatively low in sugar and is caffeine-free.
Iced Tea Recipes
Making iced tea offers the opportunity to experiment with flavour combinations and tea varieties. You can keep it as simple as a chilled Earl Grey serves with lots of ice and fresh lemon, or get far more experimental and mix a fruit flavoured tea with fresh fruit and spices to make a cocktail! Below are three that we have tried and tested at JayandCo.
Earl Grey Iced Tea
This is a simple take on an all-time classic tea. It still feels sophisticated like an Earl Grey should, whilst also being refreshing in hot weather.
Makes 1 litre of tea
- 1 litre of freshly brewed Earl Grey Tea, chilled
- 1 Lemon, cubed
- Plenty of Ice
- Fill a large pitcher with ice.
- Pour over the chilled green tea, then add the lemon.
- Stir thoroughly and pour into tall glasses.
Chilled Lemon and Ginger Tea
We recommend our Lemon and Ginger Tea is served cold. Whilst delicious in its own right, this recipe helps elevate the tea to the next level. We admit the addition of sugar does make this a little more indulgent, so make sure you have this as a treat rather than instead of your regular brew. Some elements have to be prepared in advance but the results are more than worth it.
- 1 litre of freshly brewed Lemon and Ginger Tea, chilled
- 5 few sprigs of mint
- 2 Lemons, cut into cubes
- 3 Tbsp of caster sugar
- Firstly, combine the cubes of lemon with the sugar in a bowl. Leave in the fridge for at least an hour (ideally overnight) to macerate.
- At least an hour before you intend to serve, add the mint sprigs to the tea to infuse – At least 3 hours is best.
- Fill a pitcher with ice and add the lemon and sugar mix. Stir well to make sure all the sugar has dissolved.
- Discard the mint from the tea and add it to the pitcher.
- Stir the mixture well and serve immediately.
The great thing about this iced tea is that the kids can help make it. We have used our Mango Tea with Fruity Friends to make this one, but it works equally well with our Berry Compote Tea. When it comes to appealing to children, we find using fruit teas or infusions that are caffeine-free achieve the best results
- 1 litre of freshly brewed Mango Tea with Fruity Friends, chilled.
- A selection of fruit, cut into small pieces. We used a combination of mango, orange pieces and pineapple. Frozen fruit works just as well, in fact on a hot day they might be better!
- Ask the kids to choose what fruit they would like from the selection provided.
- Add the fruit to a tall glass or cup with some ice.
- Pour over the tea and serve. Voila, the kids are having something healthy!
Iced Tea is for Everyone
We hope that you have enjoyed reading our iced tea recipes. Let us know how they have turned out for you, either by commenting below or by getting in touch. We would love to hear from you!