Iced Tea Blends
Laura’s Blog Entry
Since we are in the middle of a heat wave, I thought a little post about iced tea might be refreshing. Once the weather gets warm, I switch over my morning hot tea to iced. I used to be somewhat limited in my teas since I can’t tolerate caffeine. Even decaf has enough of the stuff to give me a problem. I have developed a taste for herbals, but I tire of flavors quickly. Therefore, it’s so exciting how popular red tea from South Africa has gotten the last few years. If you haven’t tried red tea, it is a pretty good substitute for black tea – it has a nice body and richness to it. It is caffeine free, which makes me ever so happy and it blends with other flavors amazingly well. Which gave me this idea:
I love peach flavored iced tea. Blending it with the red really rounds it out and give it body.
Here are a few other ready-made red tea flavors that are excellent iced. First is Republic of Tea’s Earl Greyer. Delicious hot or iced.
Another favorite is Harney and Sons African Autumn. I found this one at our local Barnes and Noble bookstore in their cafe. It’s great hot, but when iced it becomes more fruity.
Here’s how I brew mine up. I heat 5 1/2 of cups water to a boil. (That’s what fits in my kettle. It makes me about a two day supply.)
I place one tea bag in a stoneware pitcher (make sure what you use is heat-resistant! A big Pyrex measuring cup works great if you have one) and then add the boiling water. If I am using the peach and red teas I add one bag of each.
Let the tea steep a good long time. A friend from South Africa (Hi Orchidhunter!) informed me red tea likes a good long steep. You can even boil it to get more flavor.) I often leave it for an hour. Chill and serve over ice. I don’t dilute it with any water because the ice melts and that makes it the perfect strength. Alter to fit your own taste.
What’s your favorite tea on ice?