How To Make Iced Tea AND Get The Most Out of It!
Summer is definitely here, which means it is Iced Tea Season! Every year we get loads of questions on how to make iced tea, what teas are good for iced tea, etc. So we decided to write something up for people!
HOW TO MAKE ICED TEA
There are three main methods of making iced tea. We will go over two of them in this article, and list their pros and cons.
1. Pour Over Ice
This method is the most commonly used method. I personally like to call it the 2x method. Take whatever measurements you normally do when you make tea. Double the amount of leaves, double the amount of time brewed, then pour it over a cup full of ice.
So if I normally use 2 teaspoons of a tea with 12oz of water, and leave the tea for 5 minutes brewing time, to make iced tea I would now use 4 teaspoons of tea in 12oz of water, with 10 minutes of brewing time. The ice rapidly cools the tea, and waters it down so it doesn't have the bitterness of of over-brewing it.
PROS: It is by far the quickest method out of all of them
CONS: It uses more leaves, and can be tricky to get it right at first.
2. Fridge Method
The method is as it sounds. Make your tea like normal, then throw it in the refrigerator and wait for it to cool. Depending on the tea, it could take as much as 2+ hours for it to cool. A nice positive about this method is you can add any sugar or honey to your tea with this method before popping it in the fridge!
PROS: Easy to make correctly, can add sugar or honey if you wish
CONS: Takes a very long time for it to cool into iced tea.
There is a third method, the cold brew method, but due to the complexity of brewing this correctly and my lack of experience with it, I won't recommend it here, but you are free to look it up yourself!
WHICH TEAS ARE GOOD ICED?
The short answer is all of them. The more informative answer is that usually the more flavorful and fruity tastes make the best iced teas. You can, however, still enjoy iced teas from normal, unflavored teas just fine. Green teas are the least popular for this category, as they have a notably grassier taste than the rest that turns a lot of people off. Black teas, on the other hand, are the most popular.
Here are my 5 personal recommendations for each tea type if you want to try the best iced tea!
- Sebastian's Morning Earl Grey Vanilla Cream
- Magical Girl's Wish
- Afternoon Treat
- Passionfruit Jasmine
- Kentucky Bourbon