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Iced tea out of loose leaf tea

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Got some ice? How about tea? Better yet, how about some ice tea? This drink is a very popular drink that is enjoyed worldwide. We take a look at the way to get your best iced tea ever. First you start with the loose leaf tea of your choice, some boiling water, and then some ice.

Whether you’re a Westerner and you come to Southeast Asian countries, you don’t have to worry. There will surely be an option for this drink on every menu in the restaurant, in a fast food chain, or in the grocery store.

The practice of drinking tea originated in China, where the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant were steeped in hot water making delicious, refreshing beverage. Back then, tea was used for its herbal remedy but as time passed and the tea trade has spread worldwide, cooled versions of the tea was served.

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The Swiss businessman Maks Sprengler saw the potential in bottled ready to drink iced tea, which resulted in Switzerland became the motherland of bottling this drink. Powdered mixes is very popular nowadays due to its convenience compared to brewing tea leaves. However, bottled and powdered mixes can contain more amounts of sugar and added flavorings masking the true flavor of the tea.

Black tea is the most commonly used tea base in ice tea. Green tea can also be used and in fact, is gaining attraction from health conscious consumers due to its detoxifying properties. White tea is rarely used but oolong tea are also common. Tisanes or herbal infusions made by other herbs and plants are also used in making ice teas. A good example is Rooibos, also known as red tea.

Ice tea can be made at home by brewing loose tea leaves or a tea bag in hot water and allowing it to cool in a refrigerator. It can also be poured in a glass full of ice after brewing. Sugar is added to sweeten the mix and in some cases corn syrup is added. Usually, especially in restaurants, a slice of lemon is placed on the rim of the glass or lemon slices are mixed with the drink.

another great iced tea recipe

Anyway that you decide to make this drink you cannot really go wrong as the combination of tea and ice will surely cool you down on a hot summer day. One thing to also note, is that although it will not actually make iced tea, is that you can use herbal blends to create a tasty treat such as mint or hibiscus. You brew the drink the same way, steep it for a bit longer, and then pour it over ice and add a bit of sugar to it if you would like to sweeten it up. My personal favorite is using vanilla Rooibos and creating a smooth chilled Rooibos drink.

Whether you bought your favorite brewed beverage or you made it by yourself, there is no denying the goodness with every gulp. Good thing ice tea has been made ready and accessible to many. Now, we can have the refreshing taste of ice tea anytime anywhere.

Iced tea recipe

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Usually people think that tea must either be brewed and enjoyed hot, or mixed from some powder to create a nice chilled drink.

The reality is that it doesn’t need to be either of these two methods to make a nice iced tea. If you are looking for a great drink to cool off with in the summer just brew up your own tea and ice it. Although that sounds straight forward the truth is that you can make a few missteps which might have you turning back to that powdered version quickly. Here is a quick step by step guide how to make a nice brewed ice tea.

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Nice cup of iced tea

The first thing you want to do is to choose your loose leaf tea, which is really depending on how you feel that day. Some people swear that a nice black tea leaf with no additives will provide the truest iced tea blend, but the truth is that you can use any tea, or tisane , you feel like having.

Once you have chosen your mix to brew, make sure that you have enough of the tea required to brew the tea. If you are using a tea with a heavy flavor, or are looking for a light flavored iced tea, then you do not have to add any extra tea other than you are usually brewing. However, if the mix you are brewing is a very light flavor, or you want a heavier tasting iced tea, you will need to double what you have initially planned on brewing. This is because you still keep a low brewing time, but generally the flavor is not as deep due to people adding iced cubes before enjoying the tea.

So once you have brewed your mix up , you have two choices, you can either add ice until it cools down or you can put it in the fridge to drop in temperature. It is important to remove the tea leaves before you put it in the fridge as you will end up with a bitter tasting mushy drink. No one wants this when they are trying to cool down.


That is it really, those steps are your sure fire way to enjoy a nice iced tea on a hot summer day. And remember if you are looking for cheap tea in canada look no further than the teacupany, as we have the best prices on Black tea, White Tea, Green Tea, and many other herbal mixes.

And, if you are looking for even more exciting iced tea recipes, make sure you check out this site, as they have some pretty cool recipes.

Mango iced tea recipe

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Our Mango Iced Tea recipe

Here is a great recipe that I really enjoy:

Iced tea is a famous healthy and refreshing beverage that many people love to drink. Ready to drink bottled iced teas and powdered iced tea mixes are available in the market but nothing beats iced teas made from fresh ingredients. It is the ultimate drink during hot summer days and the best partner with your favorite dishes.  Here are a few iced tea recipes to help you mix your own fresh, healthy, and delectable iced tea.

Mango Green Iced Tea

Ingredients:

2 liters water

8 teabags (green tea)

4 cups mango juice concentrates

1 medium-sized mango, sliced (optional)

Directions:

In a large pan or pot, bring water to a boil. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes. Steep the teabags for 3-5 minutes or until desired strength is achieved. Remove teabags. Stir in mango juice concentrate. Cool for another 5 minutes and place on a large pitcher. Allow to cool before placing in the refrigerator. Serve with ice cubes. Mango slices can be added as garnishing.

Sliced Orange Fruit in Clear Drinking Glass
different versions, all amazing iced teas

Mint-Peach Iced tea

Ingredients:

2 liters water

8 teabags (black tea)

1/4 cup sugar

1 can peach preserves

Mint leaves

Directions:

In a large pan or pot, bring water to a boil. Add sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for 3-5 minutes. Steep the teabags and mint leaves for 3-5 minutes or until desired strength is acquired. Remove mint leaves and teabags. Add the peach preserves and stir. Place on a large pitcher and cool for another 5 minutes before placing in the refrigerator. Serve with ice cubes.

Minty Iced Green Tea

Ingredients:

2 liters water

2 cups honey

8 teabags (green tea)

Mint leaves

Directions:

In a large pan or pot, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes. Steep the teabags and mint leaves for 3-5 minutes or until desired strength is achieved. Remove teabags and mint leaves. Stir in honey. Place in a large pitcher and cool before placing in the refrigerator. Serve with ice cubes.