As soon as the sun comes out, so does the iced tea! On a café terrace, at home with friends, in the garden, or just lounging on the sofa…Thirst-quenching and calorie-free when made without sugar, iced tea is the perfect Summertime drink!
All the rage in the southern states of the US, but also in Thailand where it’s drunk with milk, iced tea is one of those drinks that will never go out of fashion. And making it just couldn’t be simpler:
- First choose your tea. You can use any kind – e.g. fruit-flavoured, with flower essences, loose or in bags. You’ll need 6 to 8 teaspoons of loose tea, or 2 to 3 teabags, per litre of water.
- Heat the water in a kettle, then pour it onto the tea. Leave to brew for several minutes. You can also use tepid water, in which case the brewing time is an hour minimum.
- Leave to cool before placing in the fridge. If you want to add some lemon, sugar, agave syrup, cinnamon, honey or mint, then now’s the time!
- Add ice cubes or crushed ice before serving.
Each type of tea should be left to brew for the right amount of time – black tea and green tea, for example, are very different. Taste your tea while it’s brewing, and remember that if you prefer it fairly weak then just a few minutes will do.