Iced Tea Recipes For Summer
If you're like us and want to enjoy a cup of tea but don't want to sweat your face off, here are some of our favourite iced tea recipes.
But before you race off and try anything fancy, make sure you get the basics right and learn how to make the base brew perfectly.
HOW TO MAKE ICED TEA COLD BREW
1. Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of your favourite loose leaf tea to 1 litre of room temperature water.
2. Leave to infuse for a minimum of 1-2 hours and stir occasionally.
Black and green tea will infuse quicker than herbals so go ahead and taste test after 30 mins to make sure it is not too bitter for you.
3. Strain the mixture and serve with ice
ONLY HAVE TEA BAGS?
No stress. You can follow the same process with tea bags. A good ratio to go by is 6 tea bags to 1.5 litres of water.
WANT IT QUICK?
You can brew your tea with boiling water but it can make it cloudy and a little bitter if left to infuse too long. Only let it brew for 5 - 30 minutes and test as you go.
Want to try something a little more adventurous? Check out our iced tea recipes below...
Iced Earl Grey Latte
- Boil 1/4 cup of water, add 2 teaspoons of loose tea Earl Grey or 2 tea bags and steep for five minutes.
- Once brewed add in 1/2 cup of cold water
- In a separate container whip together heavy cream, sugar and salt using a handheld milk frother
- Pour the brewed tea into a cup with ice, leaving room for the cream froth
- Pour the frothed cream over the top
- Stir lightly and then serve
Cream mixture equals: 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt
Classic Iced Tea
4 English breakfast teabags (or equivalent if using loose tea)
2 cups boiling water
2 ½ tbsp honey
1 cup iced water
2 cups ice cubes
juice of ½ lemon
1 lemon, thinly sliced
- In a teapot or heatproof jug, brew 4 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags then add the honey while the water is still warm.
- Leave to cool, then transfer to a serving jug / pitcher.
- Add the iced water, lemon juice, ice cubes and lemon slices.
- Serve in glasses with a sprig of mint if desired.
Ayurvedic Chamomile Ice Tea
If you’re looking for a drink that’s not only refreshing but is filled with healthy benefits, look no further than this Chamomile Iced Tea.
- Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of Ayurvedic loose leaf tea to 1 litre of room temperature water.
- Let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain with a fine-mesh strainer and allow it to cool slightly.
- Transfer it to a glass jug. Because the chamomile and liquorice in the blend is naturally sweet you don't need to add honey but feel free if you want some extra sweetness.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Add mint leaves and serve