There’s something about warm sunshine, blue skies and a glass of cold iced tea that says ‘summer’ to me. We’ve had such a glorious spring (glorious late winter really – strange weather this year) that it just seems right to have iced tea ready in the fridge.
I’d like to share my iced tea recipe and tips with you… so you can have summer waiting for you in your fridge too!
8 tea bags (black tea or your favorite kind)
4 cups hot water (boiling or near boiling)
12 cups cold water
1 1/3 cup Xylitol (or 1 1/2 cups sugar)
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced in circles, unpeeled, seeds removed
- In a one gallon jar or jug steep the tea in the hot water until the water is just warm.
- Remove the tea bags without squeezing them! (Squeezing them makes the tea bitter.)
- Add sweetener and stir until completely dissolved.
- Add cold water.
- Drop in the lemon slices.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
There you go! Of course, you may want to add ice just before serving, or serve a bowl of ice and let people add it to their glasses as they like.
Now part of the fun of iced tea is changing it up a bit from time to time. Here are some variations you can try!
Iced Tea Variations
- Instead of lemons, use fresh halved or quartered strawberries.
- Instead of lemons, use 1 whole peach thinly sliced.
- Add a sachet of spice to the boiling water and tea bags as follows:
- 2 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 2 thin slice fresh ginger
- 4 cardamom pods
- rind from one orange
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg (or even better 2 blades of mace)
- Omit the sweetener all together!
- Use frozen whole fruit (strawberries, peaches, berries, etc) as ice cubes in your iced tea.
- Instead of fresh lemons, use 1/4 cup lemon juice.
- Instead of black tea use herbal tea and complementary fruit.
- For example Bumbleberry Tea with fresh or dried blueberries (or use frozen berries instead of ice cubes)
Share your favorite iced tea twist!
How do you like your iced tea?