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For the Love of Iced Tea -- How to Make It and How to Choose the Best Tea

by Kathy Strahs

Ah, iced tea. That refreshing glass of sunshine on a hot day. But brewing a truly delicious iced tea can be an art form. Fear not, fellow tea enthusiasts! This post will guide you through the simple steps of brewing perfect iced tea, along with some tips on choosing the best tea for the job.

Brewing Bliss: How to Make a Single Serving of Iced Tea

When you're craving a refreshing glass of iced tea, here's a quick and easy method:

  1. Steep it Strong: Brew a cup of tea like you normally would for hot tea, but use twice the amount of tea leaves or bags for a concentrated flavor. Be sure to use a tall heat-resistant glass or insulated bottle to allow room for ice, and to avoid shattering (I once learned this lesson the hard way!).
  2. Cool it Down: Once steeped, remove the tea leaves/bags. Fill the glass with ice for a chilled brew.

Bonus Tip: For sweeter tea, add sugar or your favorite sweetener while the tea is still hot.

Picking the Perfect Tea: Not All Leaves Are Created Equal

Now, when it comes to tea selection, some varieties are better suited for iced tea than others. Here are some top picks:

  • Black Tea: Classic black tea is a great choice, offering a bold flavor that stands up well to ice and dilution.
  • Green Tea: Green tea provides a lighter, slightly grassy taste perfect for a refreshing iced tea.
  • Herbal Tea: Don't limit yourself to traditional tea leaves! Hibiscus, peppermint, and lemongrass are all excellent choices for flavorful herbal iced teas.

Experiment and Explore!

The beauty of iced tea is its versatility. Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of tea, sweeteners, and even add-ins like fruit slices or fresh herbs. With a little practice, you'll be brewing glass after glass of delicious iced tea to quench your thirst whenever the mood strikes. So grab your favorite tea leaves, fire up the kettle, and get ready to experience iced tea bliss!


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