5 Ways to Make Iced Tea

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5 Ways to Make Iced Tea
5 Ways to Make Iced Tea
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Iced tea is a refreshing and popular drink in the summer heat. If you want to replace your hot tea with iced tea, or throw an iced tea party for your friends, it's always welcome, but it requires some pre-preparation, then you need to follow these steps to learn how to make your own iced tea refreshing.

Ingredients

Simple iced tea

  • 3 or 4 black tea bags
  • Sugar to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • Mint (optional)

fruity iced tea

  • 3 or 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup of any fruit, diced
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1/2 cup of sugar syrup
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • mint sprig

Strawberry iced tea

  • 3 or 4 black tea bags
  • Sugar to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • mint sprig
  • 900 g of pureed strawberries
  • 2 whole strawberries

Vanilla iced green tea

  • 4 teaspoons Sencha
  • Sugar to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Water
  • mint sprig
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

Steps

Method 1 of 5: Plain Iced Black Tea

Step 1. Boil 2 cups (480 ml) of water

You can boil water in a small saucepan.

Step 2. Put out the fire

Step 3. Add 3-5 bags of your favorite black tea

Ceylon and Keemun teas may work better because they won't cloud over when left to settle. You can even choose a special blend made specifically for iced tea.

Step 4. Leave the tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes

Any more than that and the tea will be too bitter. If you leave them for less than that, the tea will be very weak. This will be a very strong mixture -- you're going to dilute it with water momentarily. Remove tea bags after time passes.

Step 5. Pour the tea into a pitcher

Wait 5-10 minutes for it to cool down.

Step 6. Pour 2 cups (480 ml) of ice water into the tea

This will dilute it and make the mixture weaker. You can tinker for better results.

Step 7. Refrigerate the mixture until cool

This should take 2-3 hours.

Step 8. Serve the tea

Pour the drink into a tall glass filled with ice. Squeeze a lemon wedge into it and add a sprig of mint to the top. If you want to add sugar, start by mixing half a teaspoon and add more to taste.

Method 2 of 5: Fruity Iced Tea

Step 1. Make strong black tea

Use the same method you would use to make simple iced tea: just boil 2 cups of water, place 3-5 tea bags for 5 minutes, pour 2 cups of water into the mixture and add sugar or lemon to taste. Pour this mixture into a pitcher.

Step 2. Place in refrigerator to cool

Leave the tea in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Step 3. Add 1/2 cup of sugar syrup

Stir the mixture -- if it's not sweet enough, add more syrup.

Step 4. Fill a cup with slices of fresh fruit

Chop peaches, pineapples, strawberries, raspberries and apples until they fill a cup. You can throw some lemon juice on them.

Step 5. Add the cup to the tea mixture

Stir until the fruits are mixed with the black tea and float in the jar.

Step 6. Serve the tea

Pour the tea into a glass filled with ice. Add a sprig of mint to the top.

Method 3 of 5: Strawberry Iced Tea

Step 1. Pour 2 L of hot black tea into a ceramic or glass bowl

Step 2. Add a third cup of superfine sugar to the tea

Mix well to dissolve.

Step 3. Add half a cup of lemon juice

Test to see if you need more sugar or more lemon juice and adjust accordingly. Then let it cool.

Step 4. Squeeze 900 g of strawberries

Pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. Squeeze the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon.

Step 5. After the tea has cooled, add the puree and mix

Shake well. Pour the mixture into a jug.

Step 6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes

Allow the mixture to cool and settle for 30 minutes or more.

Step 7. Serve

Fill a glass with ice and pour tea into it. Add some whole or sliced ​​strawberries to the side of the glass for garnish.

Method 4 of 5: Iced Vanilla Green Tea

Step 1. Prepare 4 teaspoons of Sencha in 1 liter of hot water

Allow the infusion to proceed for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 2. Strain the tea into a pitcher

Step 3. Add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shake well.

Step 4. Add 1 tablespoon of honey

Shake well.

Step 5. Mix the ingredients

Stir until the tea is uniform.

Step 6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each cup and finish by pouring the iced green tea over the top. This tea can be served as a dessert.

Method 5 of 5: Other Iced Tea Variations

Step 1. Make sweet tea

This version is especially suitable for people who love sweets and for outdoor barbecues. Sugar does not completely dissolve in cold tea. To make this tea variation, you can follow the recipe for making plain iced black tea, except that you add 1 cup of plain syrup for every 2 cups of water in the iced tea mix. If it doesn't get sweet enough, just add more.

This tea tastes great when garnished with mint

Step 2. Make iced lemon tea

To make this citrus-flavored tea, start brewing regular black tea by boiling 2 cups of water, soaking 3-5 tea bags in it for 5 minutes, and adding 2 cups of water to the mix. Then squeeze the juice out of a lemon to fill 1/2 cup with it. Mix this juice into the cooled mixture. If it doesn't get enough citrus, just add a little more. Serve this tea with ice and sugar to taste, plus a sprig of mint.

Step 3. Make vanilla iced tea

Prepare two cups of plain black tea. Allow to cool and add 1 cup of cold water; some ice cubes also work. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence (extract). Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tips

  • You can add some crushed mint leaves to the tea as it cools to give it a slight minty flavor.
  • Is it over 30°C outside? Get a large jar with a lid. Fill with water and tea bags. Close the jar and leave it in the sun. Leave it outside for 3 hours or more. Serve over ice.
  • Did you know? Tea can be affected by the same fungal reaction that can occur in wine stored in bottles. If your tea smells or tastes like mold or mildew, it's spoiled -- throw it away.
  • To sweeten the tea after it is cold, use agave nectar. Agave dissolves in cold liquid, unlike sugar or honey.
  • To make iced tea faster, you can put it in the freezer for an hour or two.
  • The golden rule of thumb for making iced tea is to add 50 percent more tea than you would for hot tea; this provides enough flavor that it won't be diluted by melted ice.
  • Never make tea from a coffee machine, like most restaurants. The flavor is unmistakable. Homemade tea is always better!
  • You can also add a little lemon to make lemon iced tea.
  • As an alternative to lemon, try adding some lemon myrtle leaves.
  • You can also make ginger tea for extra flavor.
  • Don't make the tea too sweet, or it will turn into sweet tea!

Notices

  • Don't put too much sugar in anything, or it will taste bad. Never overfill anything. Remember: less is more.
  • Do not exceed the 5 minute limit with the tea bags in hot water.
  • Due to the tea solids, iced tea made in this way sometimes becomes cloudy; if this happens, it will not affect the taste. However, if you don't like the look, pour some boiling water into the tea; this will clean it up.

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