The weather sure is warming up here in the Willamette Valley this summer, and with the hot sun shining, it's important to stay hydrated! Iced tea is a great and refreshing beverage to enjoy with the temperature is climbing, it's easy to make and easy to enjoy. Here's how we recommend brewing your perfect cuppa:
Brew Like Normal And Add Ice
People often have questions on how to properly prepare a cup of iced tea, and it can really be as simple as brewing your tea as you normally would, perhaps letting it steep longer than usual, and adding ice to your individual glass. If you don't want to dilute your tea too much, put the hot tea in the fridge for as long as you can stand before adding the ice, so that the ice doesn't instantly melt!
Use The Sun!
Letting your tea brew in the sun, commonly known as "sun tea", is the easiest method when the sun is plentiful. Grab a jar, add your tea (recommend putting your loose-leaf tea in bags first) and set your tea in the sun to steep for a couple of hours. Once your tea is your desirable color, take it out of the sun and it's ready to go. Unlike brewing your tea with boiling water, sun tea isn't quite as hot, making it easier to enjoy with ice quicker. Sun tea is also a great way to make a big batch of tea that will last a few rounds!
Here at Tea Lady Teas we have a few blends that are just screaming to be made as iced tea. Black and green teas typically make the yummiest iced teas. For a full-bodied blend, try our Lucky Dragon or Assam. If you're after adding a bit more of a fruity flavor to your iced tea, try out our Green Peach, Green Pomegranate, Jazzi-Tea or Aprico-Tea, really any tea that has a fruit in the name is delicious as an iced tea! Cool off this summer with a perfect cuppa of iced tea, you won't regret it!