No matter where you are or what you’re eating, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing pitcher of iced tea.
Making iced tea is easy, and endlessly adaptable: you can brew it light or strong, drink it unsweetened or sweetened. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can start getting creative – just follow the simple steps below.
Pour four cups of boiling water over two teabags into a heat-proof pitcher and leave for three to five minutes. Remove the teabags, and sweeten to taste by adding a little sugar. Stir in six cups of ice cubes until melted, or use four cups of cold water. Add in freshly cut lemon slices for some citrus zing, and keep refrigerated.
Knowing the basics of how to brew iced tea means you can jazz your recipes up further…
FRUIT ICED TEA
Bring a little tropical color to your brew by adding slivers of fresh fruit like pineapple, peach, and kiwi to the iced tea along with half a cup of sugar syrup. By leaving the fruit to soak in the tea for a few hours, you’ll be left with a wonderfully tangy mixture. Plus, you can eat the marinated fruit at the bottom of your glass for a juicy bonus.
STRAWBERRY ICED TEA
For a summer refresher, try this strawberry iced tea recipe:
- While your original iced tea is still hot, pour in 1/6 – 1/3 cup superfine or powdered sugar and stir through.
- Add 1/8 – 1/4 cup lemon juice, balancing out the combination of lemon and sugar to taste.
- Puree a pint of fresh strawberries and sieve them to remove the strawberry seeds.
- Once the tea is cool, add the strawberry puree and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
So start getting creative with your pitchers – now you know how to make iced tea, imagination’s your only limit (and whatever is in your fruit bowl).