How to Make the Best Iced Tea this Summer
Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! It seems like we waited forever for Winter to make its way off stage, but now, as we make our way through the long sultry days and steamy nights, we’re happy to have a dripping, clinking, glass of iced tea. With that in mind, here’s some tips and tricks from your friends at the Organic Positively Tea Company.
Q: Which Black Teas Are Best for Iced Tea?
A: All of them!
The classic iced tea you get at most restaurants or make at home is most likely black tea - typically Assam or a blend of Assam and Nilgiri teas. If you’re looking for that particular nostalgic flavor, Positively Tea has Organic Assam TGFOP Black Tea and Organic Nilgiri FBOP Black Tea. Both of these make amazing iced tea all by themselves, but we’ve found that a blend of two parts Assam to one part Nilgiri creates an outstandingly smooth and delicious blend. Whether you enjoy it with lemon, sweetened, or straight out of the fridge, this blend will transport you to a lazy mid-summer day.
Bring on the Fruit Tea!
Fruit teas have gained in popularity so if you’re looking for a little more variety in your summer beverages, our black tea fruit blends, such as Ginger Orange Peach, Passion Fruit, Mango Tango, and Juicy Peach lend themselves particularly well to making the thirst-quenching brews you’ll be craving as the temperature soars! Bring a fresh batch to your next BBQ and it’s guaranteed to be the hit of the party! Use either the Hot Brew or the Cold Brew method below and sweeten with sugar, honey, or Stevia if desired.
Time to Thai One On!
Thai Iced Tea (or cha yen) is a big favorite of ours and is a delicious change of pace when the heat rolls in. Start with Positively Tea’s Organic Ceylon Black Tea or Organic Golden Monkey Black Tea and use the Hot Brew method as described below. Make a strong batch so that the flavor of your tea soars through the other flavors. At the same time you add the loose tea, add two cinnamon sticks, two star anise pods, four green cardamom pods, two teaspoons of almond extract, and one half of a vanilla bean split lengthwise. Steep for five to ten minutes and strain. Stir in half a cup of sugar and one cup of sweetened condensed milk, then chill. When you’re ready to serve, pour over ice and drizzle with coconut milk or whole milk.
* One US cup = 8 fluid ounces. 8 US cups = 2 quarts or one-half gallon.If you’re using the metric system, 8 US cups is just a little shy of 2 liters. A tablespoon is about 60 ml (by volume) or 2 grams (by weight).