I love having a delicious iced tea in the afternoon. There are so many delicious flavors to explore. I do not like a weak or bitter iced tea though. I am going to show you how to make flavor packed iced tea that you can use with any tea base of your choice. Below are two methods, one for fast iced tea, and one for super easy overnight iced tea.
I. Fast Iced Tea
A. Start by making a tea concentrate using double strength tea. For a regular cup of tea the rule is 1tsp tea/8oz. For iced tea I use 2tsp tea/8oz. For a gallon of tea use between 1/4-1/2 cup of loose leaf tea.
B. Heat your water to the appropriate temperature listed below.
C. Once the water is to temp, pour some of the heated water into your vessel, swish it around, and pour it out to keep your temperature constant.
D. Only fill up your vessel 1/3-1/2 full with hot water and put in your tea. Once the tea is steeped, we will add ice to make the tea cold and it will fill your glass or pitcher.
E. Cover the vessel and steep for the appropriate time below:
F. Extract the flavor from the tea by squashing the tea leaves.
G. Add any sweetener of choice and stir.
H. Add ice to fill your cup or pitcher.
II. Easy Overnight Cold Brewed Tea
1. Put concentrated tea into the vessel: 2 tsp tea/8oz or 1/4-1/2cup tea/gallon.
2. Fill your vessel with filtered water.
3. Steep overnight or at least 8 hours.
4. Squeeze your tea bag to extract the flavor.
5. Add sweetener of choice. In the summer you can make iced lattes by adding milk or flavorings of choice.
I love my bottom pour tea pitcher it is super easy to just fill it up with tea leaves the night before, set it on top of my cup with ice the next day, then rinse and air dry. We will carry those starting early spring or you can request one by messaging me on our website.
My favorite iced teas from our tea line are: Lemon Verbena Hibiscus, Bingo Blueberry, Watermelon Oolong, Raspberry Green Tea, Pomegranate Green Tea, Ginger Peach, and Apple Medley. Check out our site for the iced tea sampler packages: https://somscafe.com/product-category/teas/
For a limited time if you try out these tips and post about your experience tagging @SomsCafe, I will send you a free sample of your choice from those listed above.