Following the freakin’ heat wave of a summer England has enjoyed, I thought I would share with you one of my favourite drinks to make- Iced Tea.
As a Tea addict, I love me some Iced Tea in the summer. It’s refreshing, delicious and extremely easy and quick to make. Whether you fancy a glass of iced tea for yourself, or if you need a big batch for friends or parties, it’s pretty much hassle free.
- Pour 900ml of boiling water over two teabags into a heat prove jug and leave for three to five minutes.
- Remove the teabags and sweeten to taste by adding a little sugar.
- Stir in six large handfuls of ice cubes until melted, or use 800ml of cold water.
- Add in freshly cut lemon slices for a citrus-y zing and keep refrigerated.
The beauty of knowing how to brew Basic Ice Tea is that you can spice it up a little by adding to or tweaking the recipe…
Fruity Iced Tea
Whether you prefer a fruitier taste or want to jazz it up a bit for a party, adding a little tropical colour is super easy. Just add slivers of fresh fruit, such as pineapple, mango, peach, kiwi or strawberry, along with 200g of sugar syrup.
It’s a little bit like a non-alcoholic Pimms- the longer you leave the fruit in, the tangier. (Plus, you can eat the marinated fruit that sinks to the bottom of your glass for a juicy bonus!)
Strawberry Iced Tea
If you fancy giving it more of a berry-like flavour, sieve a pint strawberries into the mixture before adding the ice (or cold water). While still hot and after having added the sieved strawberries, taste the mixture and check that it is sweet enough- if not stir in a few more teaspoons of sugar.
Twinings Iced Fruit Tea: St Clements/ Strawberry and Raspberry/ Blackcurrant and Blueberry/ Cranberry and Blood Orange
To try these, or any other fruit teas, you can simply just swap out the tea bags (though it is sometimes necessary to leave the fruit teabags in for six to seven minutes, rather than five). All you do is add 12 tsp of agave syrup/ sugar to the hot tea before continuing with the ice/cold water as stated in the Basics Recipe.