How to Make Iced Tea

Iced tea is a refreshing beverage that is the most popular in the heat of summer. Whether you want to substitute your hot tea for some cool iced tea, or have an iced tea party for your friends, iced tea is always a welcome treat. It does require some advanced preparation, so you’ll need to follow these steps to learn how to make your own refreshing iced tea.

At a Glance: Iced Tea
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and then remove from heat.

Add 3-5 tea bags of your preferred tea (Ceylon and Keemun are popular choices) to the hot water.

Steep the tea bags in the tea for exactly 5 minutes.

Pour tea into a pitcher and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

Add 2 more cups of cold, filtered water to the pitcher, diluting the tea.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, serving when cold.

Ingredients
Simple Iced Tea
3-4 black tea bags

Sugar to taste

Ice cubes

Water

mint (optional)

Fruity Iced Tea
3-4 black tea bags

1 cup of any diced fruit

Sugar to taste

1/2 cup sugar syrup

1/2 cup lemon juice

Ice cubes

Water

Sprig of mint

Strawberry Iced Tea
3-4 black tea bags

Sugar to taste

Ice cubes

Water

Sprig of mint

900g pureed strawberries

2 whole strawberries

Vanilla Iced Green Tea
4 tsp. Sencha tea

Sugar to taste

Ice cubes

Water

Sprig of mint

Honey

Lemon juice

1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Steps
Simple Black Iced Tea
Bring 2 cups (480 ml) of water to a rapid boil. You can boil the water in a small pan or a pot.
Turn off the heat.
Add 3-5 bags of your favorite black tea. Ceylon and Keemun teas can work best because they won’t turn cloudy when they’re left to stand. You can even choose a special tea blend that is made specifically for iced tea. Leave the teabags in the hot water for 5 minutes. Any longer than that and the tea will be too bitter. If you leave them in for less time than that, then the tea will be too weak. This will be a very strong mixture of tea — you’ll dilute it with water momentarily. Remove the tea bags after the time has passed.
Pour the tea into a pitcher. Wait 5-10 minutes for it to cool down. Pour 2 cups (480 ml) of cold water into the tea. This will dilute the tea and will make the mixture less strong. You can stir the mixture for best results. Refrigerate the mixture until it’s chilled. This should take 2-3 hours. Serve the tea. Pour the tea into a tall glass that is filled with ice. Squeeze a slice of lemon into the tea and add a sprig of mint to the top. If you’d like to add sugar, start by stirring in half a teaspoon and add more to taste.
Fruity Iced Tea
Make strong black tea. Use the same method you would use to make simple iced tea: just boil 2 cups of water, steep 3-5 tea bags in it for 5 minutes, pour 2 cups of water into the mix, and add sugar or lemon to taste. Pour this mixture into a pitcher.
Refrigerate to chill. Leave the tea in the fridge for 2-3 hours. Add 1/2 cup of sugar syrup. Stir this into the mixture — if it’s not sweet enough, add more of the syrup.
Fill 1 cup with slivers of fresh fruit. Dice peaches, pineapples, strawberries, raspberries, and apples until they fit into 1 cup. You can sprinkle them with a bit of lemon juice.
Add the cup to the tea mixture. Stir it around until the fruit mixes in with the black tea and floats evenly in the pitcher.
Serve the tea. Pour the tea into a glass filled with ice. Add a sprig of mint to the top.
Strawberry Iced Tea
Pour 2 quarts/ of hot black tea tea into a ceramic or glass mixing bowl. Add the 1/3 cups of superfine (caster) sugar to the tea. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the sugar.
Add 1/2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Test to see if it requires additional sweetening or lemon juice and adjust accordingly. Then, set it aside to cool.
Puree 31 oz/900g strawberries. Push the puree through a fine-sieve to remove the pips. Press on the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon. Once the tea has cooled, add the puree and mix. Mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a pitcher.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Let this mixture cool off and settle together for thirty minutes or longer.
Serve. Fill a glass with ice and pour the tea into it. Add a few strawberries

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