The great British Summer is upon us (well sort of) and what better way to celebrate the sunshine then to sip on Iced Tea in the garden. We have just launched a range of Iced Tea recipes for your to make an easy, home made and healthy beverage.

History of Iced Tea

Iced Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the USA, depending on where you are from it is either sweetened in the Southern states and unsweetened in the North.

It was first introduced in the 1900's at an unbearably hot tea expo in Missouri when Richard Blechynden who was selling hot Indian Tea and wasn't generating a lot of trade until he added some ice cubes and the rest is history, now 80% of Tea consumed in America is in the form of Iced Tea.

Nowadays, every country has its own Iced Tea traditions; Brazil enjoys iced Yerba Mate or Cha Mate, China likes to drink Iced Green Tea.

In Hong Kong Iced Tea is traditionally a black Ceylon, South Korea enjoys cold Corn Tea, the Taiwanese enjoy Bubble Tea, while Thailand enjoys chilled Black Tea with condensed milk and sugar.

How do you make Iced Tea

There are many ways to make Iced Tea and many variation of different recipes, we have used a basic recipe for each of our Iced Teas but here are a few ways to enjoy this;

Iced Tea Recipes

Using 2tsp of loose tea per person, pour in freshly boiled water so that it just covers the loose leaf and brew for 2-5 minutes (depending on the type of tea you are using, please refer to the brewing guide of each product). Strain the leaves and top up with cold water and ice cubes with any personal additions and decoration; such as strawberries and raspberries are a perfect match, with a couple of mint leaves. or slices of orange and lemon. If you prefer a sweeter iced tea then we suggest adding sugar or honey when adding the boiling water or use chilled lemonade instead of cold water.

Sun Tea

Sun tea is prepared by placing 2tsp of tea per person in a jug, with room temperature water in the sun shine for a number of hours. Using Agave Nectar for sweetness as it dissolves in cold water. This results in a smoother, bitter-less flavour.... if someone could just inform the sun to turn up, that would be great!

Cold Brewed Tea

As the sunshine isn't always on our side in the UK, and you wish to have a smoother tasting tea- we have the answer! And as the name suggests it involves the same process but leaving the Tea leaves in the fridge overnight.

Once you have a basic idea of how to make used tea, you have experiment with different Teas. For example; Green Tea, Black Tea, White Tea, Oolong Tea, Jasmine Teas and Rooibos Tea  all make great Iced Tea.

Mix with fresh fruit, carbonated water instead of still water for a fresh and healthy drink! Or used fresh fruit juices to create Iced Tea Mocktails and impress your friends at the next garden party and who said they even had to be Mocktails.