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How to make iced tea out of teabags.

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How to Make Iced Tea with Tea Bags

Iced tea is a popular delicious drink especially during summertime when the sun’s scorching heat seems to melt us. It can be as satisfying as your carbonated drink but without ill benefits because tea is a lot healthier and cheaper. If you want to take an even healthier route, herbal tea on ice is a good alternative.

Many people prefer to use loose leaves for their tea preparations but there are some who make iced tea from tea bags commonly available in groceries for convenience and cost-efficiency. How is this perfect drink for a hot weather prepared? Find out how to make the perfect cup here, and if you want you can even use our black tea and put them into bags for easier brewing later on the go.

Personalizing your brewed teas

Different people have different styles in coming up with this beverage, all resulting to a refreshing and healthy drink but it’s all as easy as A-B-C.

Iced tea from tea bags can be done by preparing tea through the traditional method of brewing water in a kettle. Best measure would be 1 teabag for 1 cup of water. Leave the tea bags to steep for five to ten minutes and remove.

Steps to brewing tea with teabags

Check the color and taste while allowing tea bags to steep to get the desired strength within the recommended time, so that it comes out just the right flavor for your taste. 8 tea bags to 2 quarts of water already make a strong concentrate. Use this as a guide and adjust accordingly.

Add lemon or sugar to create a more delicious flavor and then allow the tea to cool down. Add cold water to create the right consistency and cool the drink faster.  Once you get the flavor of your preference, store in a glass air tight container and put the drink inside the refrigerator to cool and add ice to chill.

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a variety of tea bags

Remember not to put the drink inside the refrigerator when it is still hot as it can make the tea turn cloudy. Using hard water can also cause tea to become cloudy.

Iced tea from tea bags can also be prepared by using ‘cold brew’ tea bags. Iced tea can be easily done from these tea bags by just pouring cold water over ‘cold brew’ tea bags and allow to steep for over five minutes for best-taste. You can add sugar or honey as preferred and put in ice to chill. Tea can immediately be served.

Iced tea can be made more flavorful with the addition of flavored syrups or fruit alternatives such as peach, lemon, vanilla, mint and more.

To come up with the best-tasting iced tea, remember to choose the right tea to use for your beverage. If you are not too picky, any old tea will do. But if you are an avid tea drinker, you will be very particular with the taste result. Instant teas are not part of the option, though.

For more convenience it is best to make a tea concentrate, meaning more tea bags for a small amount of water and after it is steeped and left in the refrigerator; cold water may just be added when you want to drink a glass or two. This way, it is much easier and practical to pour a smaller volume and adjust the tea concentration as per individual’s taste.

Tea brewing tips

A glass teapot that can withstand high degrees of temperature is highly recommended as plastic and metal containers may leave some after taste and alter the natural taste of tea.

Do not leave tea unconsumed for days. Tea is best made and drank while fresh. And to keep tea chilled longer, use cubed ice to extend chilling time than using shipped or crushed ice.


Lastly, it is important to remember that the longer the tea bags are steeped, the bitterer the taste becomes.

How to make black tea

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How to make a perfect cup of black tea.

Black tea is the one of the most common types of tea that we encounter in our everyday lives. Whether it is our Lovely Lavender Earl Grey, http://theteacupany.com/black-tea/lovely-lavender-earl-grey/ ,  or our English Breakfast, you will notice that black tea is everywhere. In recent years there has really been an expansion of black teas that are available as it seems they make a very good base for mixing with other fruits and flavors. I love a nice cup of black tea as it just has that perfect taste that I look for first thing in the morning.  I have found that there are some things you can do to ensure that you get a perfect cup of black tea each and every time you brew up black tea leaves so just keep reading and you will learn how to make the best cup of black tea.

The first thing that I have found with black tea is that the water needs to be nice and hot to really get the full flavors out of the tea leaves. It is important to understand that that there is a big difference between full flavor, and altering the flavor of the tea in a negative way. When making your cup of tea you will want the water to be around 100 degrees as this is the optimal temperature to really get those tea leaves to release all their flavors for you. If you use cooler water you will not get those black tea leaves to release their true flavors, resulting in a weaker and less satisfying cup of tea.

As mentioned above it is important to know that strong tea, and tea that has a bitter overpowering and over processed taste. When some people thing about making a strong tea they think that by steeping it for longer will make the flavors stronger and in turn make a better cup of tea. Black tea is meant to be a sharp and strong flavor profile, so it is best to be steeped between 3-4 minutes. This will allow the tea leaves enough time to relax in the hot water and release their flavors. Once you go past the 4 and a half minute mark you will continue to increase the flavor, but it is going to be more bitter and processed.

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a nice black cup of tea ready to be brewed

This brings up the next point of making a good cup of black tea; which is the best way to make a strong cup of tea.  If you want a nice cup of tasty black tea with a very strong flavor then you will want to put more tea leaves in. Typically you will want around 1 teaspoon of tea leaves per cup, however if you want to have a stronger cup of tea then simply add more tea leaves. This is an important thing to remember because it is the quantity of tea leaves, when steeped correctly, that will really help to add some strength to the taste of your cup. Over steeping or overheating the cup of tea will not help you get a stronger taste, it will generally only leave a bitter taste which will mask the beautiful taste which is black tea.