Brewing the perfect Iced Tea
Iced tea is a brilliant healthy substitute for squash or juice and a delicious way to stay cool and hydrated in the summer (and year round!). Any of our 4 yummy blends can be enjoyed over ice, but we recommend trying out fruity Merry Tiger or Jolly Croc tea first.
Here are 3 methods for preparing iced tea - why don’t you try each one to find out which you prefer?
1) Use a teapot
Prepare some freshly boiled water, but only fill up around a third of the teapot. Add 5 tea bags for a 1L teapot (or more for a stronger taste) and leave to infuse for 4 minutes.
After 4 minutes, remove the tea bags and top up the teapot with cold water and plenty of ice cubes. Either leave in the fridge to cool completely or serve straight away over more ice.
This can also be performed in a cup or glass with a single tea bag, but be warned - you’ll probably end up wanting seconds!
2) Prepare a concentrate
Find a measuring jug, add freshly boiled water, then add tea bags!
You want to use half as much water as you normally would – so if you use 2 cups-worth of water, add 4-5 tea bags.
Leave the bags to infuse for 4 minutes then remove and place the brew in the fridge. This can then be served like you would a fruit squash! Try around 1/3 tea concentrate to 2/3 water at first; you can always add more of either for a stronger or weaker taste. The concentrate will last up to a week in the fridge.
3) Cold brew
This way takes the longest, but is by far the easiest.
Simply add tea bags to a large container then fill up with cold water.
*Top Tip: To get the perfect strength - measure one cup of water into the container, then add one tea bag. Repeat until the container is almost full before adding one final tea bag for luck!
Pop this in the fridge and leave for around 8 hours – doing this just before bed makes the wait more bearable.
Wake up in the morning, remove the tea bags and, hey presto, your iced tea is ready! This will last in the fridge for up to a week.
Whichever method you use, always serve with ice where possible and try adding some fresh strawberries or raspberries for a fantastically fruity finish!