It’s that time of year again when it feels like the summer sun has some kind of personal vendetta against us, but there’s no need to give up your favourite beverage, when you can make iced tea! The American south can’t be wrong, especially when it comes down to keeping cool in the heat, and you can make iced tea with any kind of tea you happen to have, so the choice of flavours is virtually infinite!
Varietea’s Iced Tea
Makes roughly 1 litre, or enough to serve 4.
Pop 4 of your favourite tea bags in to a 1 litre jug
Add 330ml of freshly boiled water
Brew for at least 5 minutes
Add 330ml of cold water
Top up with some ice, and that’s it!
You can also add some fresh fruit, lemon and lime slices, or fresh mint leaves to dress it up a bit and add exciting flavours to your tea.
You can keep the tea bags in for a stronger flavour or take them out if you prefer – either way is good. If you like a sweet tea, you can add sugar or a sweetener when you put the hot water in, but we find our iced tea is just perfect by itself.
Any tea in the Varietea range can be used for making iced tea, whether it’s black, green, or herbal tea, so you can enjoy all of our delicious teas hot or cold!
Here are a few of our favourites to get you started –
Hoogly Rhubarb and Vanilla Green Tea. Rhubarb is such a fabulous flavour for iced tea, and the sweetness of the vanilla helps to temper the natural tartness of the fruit. This tea contains actual rhubarb pieces and boasts the healthy antioxidant benefits of green tea – a perfect cooling summer beverage.
Adagio Teas Fruit Sangria. Oboy, this is the perfect iced tea! A caffeine-free blend of strawberry, hibiscus flowers, apples, rosehip and lemongrass is just right for chilling with on a sunny afternoon. A cheeky splash of gin or vodka takes this iced tea to a whole new level, ideal for summer parties and BBQs.
Peach and Passion Fruit Black Tea from Ahmad Tea. This is a black tea blended with peach and passion fruit, making for a bold and tasty tea whether served hot or cold. You can enjoy this tea any time of the day, the black tea flavour is very smooth and complements the fruits wonderfully. You can even use these teabags to make a delicious sun tea!
The London Tea Company Peach and Rhubarb. So many great ingredients are packed into this tea, including sweet blackberry leaf and hibiscus, which give the tea a wonderful depth of flavour. Totally fruit based and caffeine free, we would recommend adding a few sprigs of mint while brewing for a fresh and minty zing.
Hampstead Rose and Hibiscus Tea. I love rose scents and flavours, so for me this tea is perfect – the hibiscus and orange peel add a bit of a pop to the delicate rose taste. If you have been suffering from the dreaded summer cold, this tea is just right for you, as it contains vitamin C to give your immune system a boost and fight off fatigue. This would be great as a cocktail mixer too – and it’s basically a health drink, so spoil yourself!
London Fruit and Herb Company Blackcurrant Bracer Tea. This tea is packed with so many rich fruity flavours, this is just right if you find some herbal teas to be lacking flavour-wise, or if you like your fruit teas to have a bold taste. We suggest adding a few lemon slices to this caffeine free blend to bring out the flavours of hibiscus, blackberry leaves, liquorice root, apple and blackcurrant even further. If you enjoy this tea, The London Fruit and Herb Company also have a Strawberry and Vanilla Fool, Raspberry Rendezvous, Blueberry Bliss and Peach Paradise in their Fruit Fantasy selection box. Look out for the blackcurrant blend and one of the others in your July Varietea box!
Taylors of Harrogate Rose Lemonade Infusion. If there was a definitive summer tea, this would be it – you already know how I feel about rose flavours, and they are jam packed into this beautiful beverage. This tea is delicious hot and is super refreshing when served cool. The lemon peel enhances the delicate, floral rose petal flavour wonderfully, and this tea would be an excellent base for fancy summer cocktails!
Higher Living Strawberry and Watermelon Tea. If summer tastes like strawberries and watermelon to you, this is going to be your favourite summer iced tea! The freshness of the watermelon and the sweetness of the strawberry are combined with a mild chamomile base to make this wonderful tea. Serve with some mint sprigs to add an extra hint of freshness.
We are going to be rocking all kinds of iced tea this summer, so feel free to share your own iced tea blends via the Varietea Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – we can’t wait to see what exciting teas you guys come up with!