For those of you who love to try your hand at something new, why not try making your own iced tea! It is super easy to make iced tea from scratch and you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen right now. All it takes is water, a few tea bags and a bit of sugar and presto, you are on your way to making a tasty pitcher of iced tea.
A pitcher of iced tea is a refreshing beverage for any occasion especially on a hot summer’s day and once you know how to do it you can get creative with a variety of flavour combinations.
3 Cups of Boiling Water
2 Tea Bags
Sugar (or Sugar Syrup) to taste
Fruit to flavour (traditionally lemon)
Put the tea bags into a heat proof jug/pitcher. Add boiling hot water into the pitcher and allow the tea to steep.
Once you have achieved the desired strength for the tea remove the tea bags from the pitcher.
If you want to sweeten your tea, add the sugar to the hot tea in order to dissolve the grains. If you prefer to sweeten your tea afterwards, as per each person’s taste, use a simple sugar syrup once cool (rather than granulated sugar which will leave sugar grains in your glass).
To make a sugar syrup, simply combine water and sugar in equal parts and bring to the boil. Allow mixture to reduce until it becomes like a syrup and then cool. If you want a quick trick, use castor sugar instead of normal granulated sugar as it dissolves a lot quicker and does away with the need to heat the mixture up - just make sure that the sugar dissolves completely.
Cool the tea.
Once the tea is cool, you can add fruit (e.g. freshly cut lemon slices) and then keep the iced tea refrigerated until serving time.
Use two tea bags for every 3 cups of water for best results.
Flavours tend to dull when cool so make sure your tea is strong enough (do this by using enough tea bags).
For stronger tea, rather use more tea bags than lengthening the steeping time. Allowing tea to oversteep brings out the tannins in the tea and can make it bitter.
For weaker tea, reduce the steeping time rather than taking away tea bags for better flavour.When cooling your tea remember that putting hot tea into a cold fridge can make your tea cloudy. So it is best to allow your tea to cool before putting it into the refrigerator. If you do end up with cloudy tea, try adding a bit of boiling water to it – it will sometimes do the trick.
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