In our opinion, nothing is better on a hot day than iced tea. Sure, we’re a little biased, but iced tea is so wonderfully refreshing and versatile that it’s hard not to be. These days there are lots of options of bottled brews. But we believe some of the best iced tea is made at home and turns any situation into a special occasion.
There are lots of great reasons to do your own iced tea. When you brew iced tea at home, you have a lot more control over the ingredients and the process. Many bottled iced teas are stuffed full of sugar or other sweeteners, for example. A home-brewed pitcher means you can have as little (or as much) sweetness as you’d like. You can also be more selective with the tea itself. Instead of mystery “black” or “green”, you can use your own favorite variety of organic, Fair Trade certified tea. It also gives you more options when mixing with other ingredients. It’s fun to experiment by adding fruit juice, lemonade, or a more adult beverage. Someone might even name a drink after you! It’s also much cheaper to do it yourself, and in this day and age, any savings are welcome.
While the process seems intimidating, brewing iced tea at home is very simple. All you have to do is brew your tea double its normal strength. For example, a quart of normal tea would require four teabags, so a quart of iced tea would need eight. Brew the tea as you normally would and refrigerate it so it cools down. Then, add in some ice cubes and it’s ready to serve! If you want to try something different, we’ve got a few great drink recipes to liven up the summer. We discourage making “sun tea”, however, as steeping and holding the tea outside the recommended temperatures for a long period of time can increase the risk of illness.
We’ve selected six varieties from our Gourmet line that are best suited for iced tea- Moroccan Mint Green Tea, Green Tea with Essence of Peach, Earl Grey with Lavender, Mango Ceylon with Vanilla, Liquorice Peppermint, and Northwest Blackberry. We love them all here at the office, especially on hot days.
And what’s a celebration without presents? Comment here and be entered to win two boxes of tea (enough for several barbecues) and a Choice Organic Teas hat, made from hemp and organic cotton. It’s everything you need to keep sustainably cool through the summer. We’ll be drawing the winner on Wednesday, July 8.
Enjoy the summer, and stay cool!!