How to Brew the Best Iced Tea
Iced tea is surprisingly easy to get wrong. Why? Because it takes time. It’s hard to rush truly great iced tea. Ideally, you’re going to want to give yourself a lot of lead time. If you can’t, we’ll get to that. But if you have some time, Brew tea as you normally would and place it in the fridge to cool for a couple of hours. If you have a glass pitcher, use it. Hot tea can leach out some flavors from plastic containers as it’s cooling. Once the tea is refrigerated, feel free to pour over ice, add in a couple ounces of SomruS and enjoy!
If you have less time to cool the tea, then you’re going to want to create a concentrate. Basically, you’re making a stronger tea, so as it melts the ice it’s poured over, it balances out the strength.
Here’s a good recipe to follow
- 1 oz. loose tea or 1 oz. of teabags
- ½ gallon of water
- Ice cubes
Just boil the water in a large pot, remove it from heat, add the tea and cover. Steep for a maximum of five minutes, and then remove the loose tea or tea bags. Pour the tea into a container and let cool for as long as possible. Serve over ice, add SomruS to taste and enjoy!
For cold-brewed ice tea, which doesn’t remove as much caffeine from the tea as hot brewing, all you need is time.
To get started
- 1 gallon cold water
- 3 TB tea leaves or herbal tea
- Ice cubes
Fill a one gallon glass container with cold water, add tea leaves, cover it and shake to mix up the contents. Let it sit overnight, preferably in a refrigerator, and in the morning you’ll have delicious iced tea ready for you.