Of course hot tea can be drunk and enjoyed all year round, but iced tea is a fantastic alternative way to enjoy tea in hot weather, and it’s fun to prepare too!
We often get asked which of our teas we recommend using, and indeed how to make iced tea!
So – we have put together this quick tutorial showing you how we make iced tea.
Firstly, you’ll need to choose a loose tea to ice.
We reckon you can try icing your favourite tea, pretty much whatever it is, but here are our recommendations for our favourite loose teas to enjoy iced!
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OUR TOP 3 BLENDS FOR ICED TEA
Alhambra (from our range of aromatic teas), is one of our favourite black tea-based blends to serve iced, and historically it’s a customer favourite too!
This is one of our special house blends, named after the majestic Alhambra of Granada in Southern Spain, with its beautiful gardens and intricately decorated palaces and halls.
Based on Vietnamese Orange Pekoe, this aromatic blend of apples, raspberries and jasmine flowers is a refreshing and uplifting infusion that we think is a lovely alternative to plain black iced tea.
Berry Heaven (from our range of herbals and tisanes) is a great tea to ice, especially if you’re looking for something caffeine free.
With its blend of blueberries, chokeberries (aronia), currants and elderberries, combined with tangy red hibiscus sepals, it creates a delicious iced drink that’s fruity and refreshing without being particularly sweet. A healthy alternative to fruit juice, with all the antioxidants and vitamin C of hibiscus flowers.
Little Buddha (from our range of aromatic teas) is a good choice if you fancy a green iced tea!
This blend is based on a delicious Sencha green tea, and packed with an array of delicious flavours including pineapple, papaya, liquorice, sandalwood, red peppercorns and Roman chamomile. With all the benefits of green tea, and the depth of flavour provided by fruit, flowers and spices, we think this makes a wonderfully refreshing iced summer drink.
HOW TO MAKE ICED TEA!
Once you’ve chosen your tea, you’ll need to ice it! Here’s how we do it at Samovar Tea House…
1 . BREW UP A POT OF STRONG TEA
We like to add a little more tea to the pot than usual, and a little less boiling water than usual. This ensures a strong brew, which is important as you’ll dilute it with ice later. The strength of the brew is up to you – fruit teas can go as strong as you like, whereas it’s best not to overbrew Black or Green based teas as they can loose their subtlety a little. We like to make 3/4 of a pot with hot water, then top it up with cold water after a few minutes.
2 . FILL A LIDDED JAR WITH ICE
Using a large Mason or Kilner jar, or whatever you have to hand, fill with ice cubes all the way to the top. You’ll need more ice than you expect, so pack in as much as you can!
3 . POUR YOUR TEA OVER THE ICE
Carefully pour your tea into your jar of ice. You’ll see some of the ice immediately starts to melt, but if you have enough, much of it will stay frozen in cubes.
4 . SHAKE IT UP!
Put the lid on your jar, making sure to tighten it properly, and then shake the jar so that the ice and tea are mixed together. This is a great way to rapidly cool down your tea! We recommend repeatedly inverting the jar, rather than just shaking it up and down (see the animation above!!)
5 . SERVE AND ENJOY
Remove the lid and carefully pour your iced tea into glasses. You can add extra ice at this stage if needs be. We also recommend adding small bits of fruit, for example raspberries, strawberry pieces, lemon, or whatever you think will go with your tea of choice. Frozen fruit is ideal!
Enjoy your iced tea and do let us know if you make some using our teas.
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