Iced tea recipe or Ice Tea recipe is a perfect refreshing cool drink for summer. You really don’t need too many fancy ingredients for iced tea. In fact, you can make a delicious pitcher of iced tea with simple ingredients available in your kitchen.
Summers are time to enjoy refreshing cold drinks, but many of them are loaded with a lot of sweeteners as well and sometimes with so many fancy ingredients that when at home you just read the recipe and move on without actually trying that for yourself. Main reason, you don’t have those fancy ingredients syrups available at home.
For those times, won’t that be nice to have some summer drinks recipes with you which can be made from simple ingredients which are easily available in your kitchen and are refreshing and yummy in taste? A simple homemade Iced tea pitcher is one such drink ( In series of many which I am posting in next few days).
In this lemon and honey iced tea, I used simple loose tea leaves which are always available in the home. Lemon and honey are also easily available at home and so is Mint. With these three Iced tea ingredients, you can make a delicious ice tea within no time. No Ice tea mix required or even tea bags. Sounds simple? Yes! Making the iced tea from scratch at home is very simple if you follow certain tips for making perfect iced tea pitcher which I have mentioned below.
Simple Tips for making Iced Tea and Enjoy homemade Iced Tea
Tea to water Ratio
Tea to water ratio is important because when you are making hot tea the flavors are prominent so you use less amount of tea leaves. But as with any cold food, the flavors of cold tea are mellowed down. SO make sure to use little more quantity of tea leaves for iced tea. For example, in hot tea, I use 1 tsp of tea for two cups but for ice tea, I would use 2tsp for 3cups of water, or slightly more depending on the potency of tea leaves used.
Right way to Steep the Iced Tea
Steeping time is the time for which you allow the tea to remain in the hot water, so steeping time is important when you are brewing tea. Over steeping the tea makes it bitter, so I suggest if you want a stronger tea to add more tea leaves rather than cooking it more or letting the tea leaves remain in water for longer time.
Cool it and then refrigerate
Allow the tea to cool down before storing it in the fridge. If you place hot tea in the fridge your ice tea can become cloudy. So always make sure that cool it properly before adding ice or placing the iced tea pitcher in the fridge.
If you take care of above-mentioned tips while making ice tea, I am sure you can make a perfect pitcher of Iced tea at home even with common ingredients at home. If you are a coffee lover you might want to check out this new way of brewing Coffee with cold concentrate method that gives you a perfect cup of coffee each time and does not cause any heartburn or acid reflex.
This is basic Iced tea, so that means there are a lot of refreshing recipes, iced tea cocktails, and cocktails that are coming up which might use this as a base or I might end up bringing a complete surprise for you :)… so stay tuned!
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- 4 Tbsp honey
- 1 litre water filtered water
- 2 lemon juice extracted
- Lots of ice
- 4-5 tsp tea leaves
- Heat up water in a pan.
- While heating water takes care not to boil it completely just before boiling add tea leaves and allow the tea leaves to steep and sit in hot water for 3 minutes.
- After that, strain it with tea filter and cool the liquid for 20 minutes or so.
- After that add ice cubes lemon juice honey and stir it all to combine well.
- Now add few more cubes of ice in a glass pour iced tea and garnish it with a lemon slice and mint leaves.
- The chilled glass of refreshing honey and lemon tea is ready. Enjoy!