So what is the perfect iced tea recipe? Let’s list some of the characteristics – fresh, healthy, delicious – and it must be served in a beautiful pitcher.
Just imagine, it is a hot humid summer day in Durban and you can’t wait to get home, kick off your shoes and relax ten minutes before you get back into your life. What better companion for this much needed break than a long tall refreshing glass of iced tea?
History of Iced Tea
Richard Belchynden, an American merchant, is often given credit for inventing iced tea at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
He was sampling and selling hot tea at his fair booth, but few fair-goers felt like drinking a hot beverage in the summer heat. So, he added ice to the tea, and the wonderful beverage was born.
According to documents, iced tea was enjoyed as early as the 1870 in the southern United States where it is not just a summertime drink, it is served year round with most meals. When people order tea in a Southern restaurant, chances are they will get sweet ice tea.
Endless Iced Tea Options
What is your favourite tea? Rooibos, Green Tea, Black tea?
Today, the options for iced tea are endless. The most popular (and easiest) way to make iced tea is cold brewing. Make a jug of your favourite tea and steep it overnight in your fridge. (loose leaves are more flavourful than tea bags, but both will do.) This method is easy, cheap, and requires all but 5 minutes of your time.
Many enjoy the flavoured teas like the Freshpak Watermelon & Mint Flavoured Rooibos Tea and Freshpak Cranberry & Pomegranate Flavoured Rooibos Tea or the Five Roses Passion Fruit & Cranberry Flavoured Tea and Five Roses Apple, Vanilla & Cinnamon Flavoured Tea.
The fact is that you can make delicious ice tea with any tea, either the flavoured varieties or plan teas where you add your own flavours.
Just make sure you can be cool and keep cool this summer.
Ginger Mint and Honey Iced Green Tea Recipe
This recipe uses Five Roses Green Tea, but please feel free to use any other variety. Also read 4 Freshpack Rooibos & Five Roses Iced Tea Recipes to Try this Summer
What you need
4 Five Roses Green Tea tea bags
1.5L boiling water
100g fresh ginger, sliced
1 cup mint leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
How to make it
Place the tea bags, ginger & mint into a jug, add boiling water and allow to steep for 4 minutes (add more tea bags for a stronger iced tea).
Strain the tea, add honey & lemon juice and let the tea cool to room temperature.
Refrigerate until chilled.
Serve with lots of ice and garnish with more mint.
Perfect Iced Tea Recipe
Food Network has a Perfect Iced Tea Recipe that yields eight cups and only takes four minutes.
This recipe works equally well for cold brewed and hot brewed iced tea.
Bring 8 cups water to a simmer; remove from the heat and add 3 tablespoons loose tea or 6 tea bags. Let steep about 4 minutes, until it’s the strength you like. Strain loose tea with a fine-mesh sieve or remove the tea bags. Let cool, then transfer to a pitcher, cover and refrigerate.
Combine 8 cups cold water and 6 tablespoons loose tea or 10 tea bags in a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate 15 to 36 hours, until it’s the strength you like. Strain loose tea with a fine-mesh sieve or remove the tea bags.
Secret of the Perfect Tea
Of course you can make iced tea to suite your palate. Some enjoy sweet or fruity flavours and others prefer the mint or ginger flavoured teas. It all depends on what tea you start with. But there is one element that contributes to the perfect drink – a beautiful jug or pitcher.
Many people like serving iced tea in mason jars, others in long tall glasses. Just make sure it is ice cold!
At Household Plastic we have a wide range of mason jars and jugs and pitchers. Pop into any of our four stores to pick your perfect Iced Tea jugs.