It’s just the season to reinvent your love for tea! Pull out those mason jars, fill them up with ice and pour in the pure delectable delight of iced teas.
There’s no doubt that a tall pitcher of iced tea is the star attraction of a get-together with friends. And when you make your own iced teas, you’ll have the town talking about it!
Green Tea Lemon and Blueberry Iced Tea Refresher
Image courtesy: Closet Cooking; Recipe by Katie Pix
Add 10 grams of green tea to a liter of cold water and add three lemon zests to it. Give it a stir and set it in the refrigerator to brew for 6–12 hours and strain. Take a pitcher to assemble your iced tea and stack it with ice cubes. Take the zested lemon and cut it into circles and add to the jug. Add a handful of fresh blueberries to counter the sourness. Add the green tea mix through a sieve to this and serve!
Cold Brew Earl Grey With Mint and Orange Iced Tea
Recipe by Katie Pix
Earl Grey already has bergamont, which is the rind of a citrus fruit which gives the zing. Add 10 grams of Earl Grey tea to a liter of cold water, add 3 sprigs of mint and the zest of one orange. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 6–12 hours and strain out the tea. Chop up the orange into round slices and add a spring of mint to the ice before adding the tea mix to it through a sieve.
Mojito Inspired Iced Tea
Image and recipe by The Domestic Geek
Peel the zest of one lime being careful not to get the bitter white rind. Add the lime zest and 12 grams of green tea to hot water and stir. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes and strain the tea. Add the zest and allow the tea to cool completely. Take a pitcher and add the ice, lime slices and mint before pouring in the tea mix. You can add honeyed water to the mix to sweeten it.
The Classic Lemon Iced Tea with a Twist
Recipe by The Domestic Geek
Peel the zest of one lemon and add it to 12 grams of tea to hot water and stir. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes before straining the tea. For sweetened iced tea, add hot water to honey and stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool completely. In a pitcher combine ice and lemon slices. Add tea and honey mixture and stir thoroughly before you serve!
Spicy Chai Iced Tea
Recipe by Bobby Flay, Food Network
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat, add 15 grams of chai tea and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain out the leaves, stir in the milk and add honey to sweeten the mix. Let it cool in a pitcher for at least an hour. Pour over ice and serve.
Pomegranate and Lime Iced Tea
Boil 8 cups of water. Turn off the heat and add 6 grams of white tea. Let it steep for 5–7 minutes and strain the leaves. Add 1/4 cup of sugar. Let it cool. Add 2 cups of fresh pomegranate juice and 4–5 slices of lime to a pitcher full of ice and pour the tea mix over. Serve!
Mock Tea Sangria
Photo by Beth Dreiling Hontzas
Boil 3 cups of water and add 3 tablespoons of sugar to it. Take off from the heat and add 5 grams of oolong tea. Let it steep for 5 minutes and strain. Stir together raspberry puree, tea mixture, grape juice, and lemon and lime slices. Cover and let it chill overnight. Stir in orange soft drink, and serve immediately over ice.
If you wish to make a single large batch of cold brew tea, use 3 heaped teaspoons of Vahdam Teas for 1 quart water to get a delicious tea mix. Add your favourite fruits and flavours for your own iced tea! If you’d like to steep tea in hot water with the fruit or zest, make sure you use a heat-proof container.
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