Summer is officially here and as tea lovers we get to reap the benefits of it when it’s hot and cold!
The forecast is set to see warmer weather again from the weekend and it’s also the Fourth of July! This means two things, the reopening of our restaurants, bars and cafes, and of course, celebrations for our American friends. What better way to mark the day than with a delicious Iced Tea!
If that isn’t enough to tempt you, we also have 35% off our Iced Tea range! Until midnight 31 July 2020.
ALL ABOUT ICED TEA
You can make iced tea with any tea but read on for our recommendations.
You can serve it a number of ways; straight-up, sweetened with sugar, honey or syrups and mixed with milk, cream, lemon or with fruits and spices.
If using sugar to sweeten, it’s easier to make a syrup as the sugar is harder to dissolve (read on for how to make these).
It’s best to serve iced tea on the day it’s made.
It is important to use twice the normal amount of tea. We’d suggest at least 2 teaspoons of loose leaf per cup.
There are two methods we’d recommend for making your iced tea:
Hot Infused Method:
- Brew your tea as you would normally. Despite the extra amount of leaves, do it for the same amount of time and at the same temperature.
- Strain off the leaves.
- Allow to cool.
- Pop your brew in the fridge until it’s well chilled, at least an hour.
- If you are in a hurry, just pour the hot, strained tea straight over ice cubes.
Cold Infused Method:
- Put your loose leaf tea into a large pot or jug.
- Fill the jug with cold water and leave it to infuse in the fridge overnight.
ICED TEA RECOMMENDATIONS
We love these Flavoured Black teas, including a Spicy Chai:
Apricot with Marigold Flowers; this speciality black tea blend is nothing less than the mellow taste of hazy summer in a cup!
Glossy, piquant Blackcurrant adds an invigorating edge to your iced tea, plus it’s a fortifying Vitamin C and will give an antioxidant boost your skin will thank you for.
Mouth-watering Blood Orange offers a distinctive citrus note. Sweet and bitter, a sophisticated and refreshing drink laced with delicate safflowers.
Mango with Flowers has high notes of Ceylon which dance with the sweet, rounded, aromatic lilt of mango providing an extraordinary and elegant flavour.
Zesty Lemon Black tea is the classic combination for iced tea.
Another traditional option for iced tea would be our Peach with Flowers. It has added orange flowers which really set off the peachy perfume to this classic.
Cardamom, cloves and cinnamon offset by a touch of fragrant orange make Chai Spice Premium a more experimental choice – try with Iced Float recipe!
Why not try these refreshing and caffeine free options from our Whole Fruit Blends and Herbal range?
Take yourself to the tropics with our combination of Passionfruit, Guava and Mango!
Our cocktail inspired Pina Colada whole fruits infusion includes pineapple, apple and coconut pieces, with hibiscus and rosehip peel all sure to get your taste buds tingling.
Superfruits has a whole host of healthiness to try in your iced tea – Beetroot, Blackcurrant, Blackcurrant Flavouring, Blueberry Flavouring, Cranberry, Currants, Goji, Hibiscus, Jasmine Flowers and Pomegranate to be precise!
A super easy iced tea can be made using our Pure Peppermint tea.
Finally, these Flavoured Green Teas are a delicious Iced Tea choice:
The pineapple cubes along with passionfruit, guava, mango and banana give a tropical vivacity to the green tea in our Sencha Passionfruit, Guava and Mango.
The spicy ginger and zingy lemon in our Sencha Ginger and Lemon make a thirst quenching iced tea!
ENHANCE YOUR ICED TEA WITH THESE RECIPES
ICED TEA SYRUPS (to easily sweeten your iced tea):
Black Tea Simple Syrup:
- 200g of granulated sugar.
- 240ml of water.
- A few drops of fresh lemon juice.
- 1 cinnamon stick.
- 1 tbsp. of Ceylon or Nilgiri tea.
- Combine sugar, water, lemon and cinnamon in a medium saucepan.
- Stir and bring to the boil.
- Reduce and simmer until all sugar is dissolved and has a syrup consistency (approx. 2-3 mins).
- Add tea leaves and simmer for a minute.
- Remove from the heat and let cool, strain leaves and cinnamon stick.
- Can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Green Tea Simple Syrup:
Lemonade Iced Tea:
- 100g of granulated sugar.
- 120ml of hot water.
- 120ml of fresh lemon juice.
- 960ml of your black or green iced tea of choice.
- In a pitcher dissolve the sugar and hot water.
- Stir in lemon juice.
- Add the iced tea.
- Serve in glasses with ice.
Iced Tea Float:
- 360ml of black iced tea.
- 1 scoop of Dulche de Leche or Vanilla ice-cream.
- Pour the tea into a glass that is half filled with ice.
- Add 1 scoop of the ice-cream on top.