Iced Tea Tips for the Perfect Glass of Iced Tea
Here are some iced tea tips for making the perfect glass or pitcher of refreshing, delicious iced tea.
Whether you are in the middle of the chilly winter months and iced tea season is still a few (long) months away, or you are already luxuriating in the rejuvenating warmth of summer, you are probably eagerly looking forward to your next glass of lovely iced tea...
While it may be tempting to just pick up a bottle or two of ready-made iced tea, making your own iced tea is so fast and easy, and the taste and health benefits are amazing. And, the flavor combinations and recipe variations are endless with home-made iced tea, so you'll never tire of this refreshing, healthful beverage.
Some Iced Tea Tips
Whether you're starting with loose-leaf or bagged tea; brewing black, green, herbal, or your own special iced tea concoction; making a frosty glass just for you or enough iced tea for a big party on the deck this evening, keep these iced tea tips in mind to ensure you'll be enjoying the very best iced tea.
- The general rule of thumb is to use about twice as many teabags or twice as much loose-leaf tea when you're brewing tea to enjoy iced, rather than hot. This will guarantee the tea is strong enough to hold its wonderful flavor and aroma when you've chilled it and added ice.
- Plan to make only as much iced tea as you will drink within the next day or two. Older iced tea just doesn't have the same freshness and flavor.
- Use fresh, clean, good-quality water so you will only taste delicious tea (and not chlorine or any other funny - or unhealthy - tastes).
- When making iced tea, remember to cover your tea while it's brewing, so you don't lose any of those wonderful ingredients or beneficial oils that are the source of many of tea's health and wellness benefits.
- If you're planning to sweeten your tea (say, with sugar or honey), consider adding the sweetener to the hot tea (rather than later, when the tea is chilling or chilled). This will ensure the sweetener will fully dissolve.
- Sometimes iced tea can appear a bit cloudy. To avoid cloudy iced tea, make sure, after brewing your tea, to let it cool completely at room temperature before chilling and adding ice. If you do end up with cloudy iced tea, try stirring a cup of just-boiled water into your pitcher of tea - this may help to remove the cloudiness.
- Sweet or savory flavored iced cubes add a special touch and additional flavors and textures to your iced tea. You can freeze fresh lemonade, limeade, or another liquid into ice cubes, and adding a mint or basil leaf, a small piece of fruit, or a bit of lemon or lime rind to each ice cube is a pretty, tasty touch.
If you've been thinking of making your own iced tea or have very recently ventured into the world of home-made iced tea, you'll find that making iced tea is so simple, and iced tea made from scratch is absolutely delicious, as well.
And, your own brewed iced tea is chock full of tea's benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health, too!
Once you've made your own perfect glass of iced tea, you'll never want to go back to buying ready-made.
More about Making Tea
Making Tea - Some brewing and serving suggestions to help you make the perfect cup (or pot) of tea. You'll find some tips for making tea with loose leaves, too.
Iced Tea Tips - Making your own iced tea from scratch is so simple, and the delicious taste and wonderful health benefits will ensure you aren't tempted at all by ready-made bottled iced tea!
Healthy Water for Tea - The water we use to make tea affects the taste and healthfulness of our tea... Learn more about different water sources and how to make the best water choices for making tea.