With Britain preparing for the upcoming heatwave (we can but wish!), what better way to enjoy the sun than with a chilled glass of fruity iced tea?
Despite it being a relatively simple recipe, it’s surprisingly easy to get iced tea wrong, and if you’ve never made it before, a bad batch could put you off ever wanting to attempt it again.
We’ve created an easy guide to go with a delicious recipe to help you achieve refreshingly good results every time. Trust us; you’ll soon be making iced tea so delicious that you’ll put grandma’s original recipe to shame.
Top tea tips:
Lemon, mint and passion fruit iced tea
- Top quality H2O: This is easily overlooked; the quality of your water can be the difference between a good and a bad glass of iced tea. For great tasting, filtered water why not try using one of our Brita filter kettles? You will ensure that your tea is of the highest quality and will leave no unsavoury aftertaste.
- For the coolest brew, first get hot: Using hot water is vital when brewing tea bags and particularly when adding sugar. If cold water is used, the sugar won’t dissolve and will give your beverage a grainy texture. Brew up with your Brita filter kettle for a clear consistency, which will give you an easy-sipping delight.
- Don’t over-steep: The longer you leave your tea to brew, the stronger, but also the more bitter the drink will be. Be sure to not leave it brewing for longer than stated in the recipe, and if you want a more intense flavour, simply add more tea bags or ingredients.
- Freeze the flavour: Make a batch of syrup and freeze it in an ice cube tray. This allows you to add different flavours to different teas and also means you can vary the intensity of each glass. Nifty, eh?
- The perfect serve: Always serve your iced tea in a glass rather than a plastic cup. Not only does this look more aesthetically pleasing (you can’t beat a high ball glass for class, can you?), but it will also make your drink taste better. Plastic receptacles can absorb flavours, meaning you could end up ruining all your good work at the last hurdle.
For iced tea novices and aficionados alike, this is a delicious and zesty recipe, which combines sweet and sour for a summer drink that still packs a punch.
• 2/3 cup of caster sugar
• ½ cup of lemon juice
• ¾ cup of orange juice
• 4 passion fruit, halved
• 6-8 tea bags of your choice
• 2 litres of boiling water
• ½ cup of fresh mint leaves
• 1 lemon, halved and thinly sliced
• 1 orange, halved and thinly sliced
- Add the caster sugar, lemon juice and passion fruit into a large pot.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for roughly 15-20 minutes. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the passion fruit has turned into a purée.
- Strain the syrup using a sieve and freeze to set into ice cubes.
- When the syrup has set, boil water using your Brita Filter Kettle and add teabags to brew. Let the water brew for approximately 10 minutes before removing the tea bags.
- Add the frozen syrup ice cubes to the tea and cool to room temperature.
- Finally, add the fresh mint leaves, sliced orange and lemon and then serve.
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