It’s plain and simple, iced tea from loose leaf just tastes better. It has a fuller flavor and tastes fresher. And, it’s really easy to make. Making iced tea from loose leaf is almost the same as making hot tea, you just need to use double the amount of loose tea used in a hot brew. Below are two ways of making iced tea, a hot method and a cold method.
Play around and create your own favorite summer blends with different fruit, black, herbal, rooibos or green teas. Also add your choice of seasonal fruit, such as oranges, lemons, apples, or berries. You can let the natural sweetness of tea and the fruits shine or sweeten it to taste with sugar. I prefer to use Agave Nectar. Enjoy a cup of summer!
• 2 tablespoons Perfect Pina Colada
• 3 tablespoons of Berry Party
• 6 cups of water
• 2 cups of ice
• 1 apple diced
• 1 lemon sliced
• Agave Nectar (or your choice of Sweetener)
Infuse tea leaves in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overstep when using black or green teas. Add Agave Nectar or other sweetener to the tea while hot to ensure it quickly dissolves.
Let it cool in the fridge for an hour or so then pour tea over a glass of ice and enjoy.
Infuse tea leaves in cold water and keep refrigerated overnight. The leaves are brewed slowly and gently. Steeping loose tea in cold water ensures that the tea doesn’t become bitter. This method is ideal if you are making iced tea using green or black tea leaves. We have gone over the best way to cold press tea so make sure you check out that article if you wonder if it is worth it.