Ice, Ice, Baby: Top Iced Teas
As a nation of tea lovers, we adore trying out a new way to enjoy our favourite national beverage. With summer on the way, perhaps we should be having our tea with ice and lemon instead of milk and sugar?
Iced tea is definitely not a new thing. It’s a super popular drink in the United States and it’s easy to see why. Taking minimal faff to prepare and being able to mix and match your own ingredients is great.
Basic Iced Tea Recipe
The basic concept is cold, black tea with a bit of ice and lemon for additional flavour. Some like to add some mint too. So, if you are looking for a simple and Basic iced tea recipe, look no further than BBC Good Food.
Sweet Ginger & Lemon Iced Tea
If you are one for something a bit different, there are loads of combinations to try. Why stick with standard tea bags? Ramp up the flavour by using peppermint tea bags instead or try this sweet ginger and lemon tea recipe.
Quirky Iced Tea: from Summer Chai to Mint
These teas from The Tea Leaf Company are perfect for a quirky iced tea recipe. They have four delicious flavours Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Mint & Black and a spicy Indian Summer Chai.
We donned our creative hat and decided to make up our own tea recipe. We chose the Smugglers Spice (spicy chai tea) as it smelt amazing and we thought it would make a great iced tea (these teas also taste great hot, by the way!).
Spicy Ginger and Cinnamon Iced Tea – recipe
Any of The Tea Leaf Company teas would work with this recipe below (as well as your plain old teabags too), but they will only give off a subtle hint of the spices.
So here it is:
Spicy Ginger and Cinnamon Iced Tea
- 2 tsps of Smugglers Spice
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 a lemon, chopped into slices
- 1 tsp fresh grated Ginger
- 2 tbsps sugar
- 500ml boiling water
- 500ml cold water
- Tea infuser or filter
- Boil the water in a saucepan and fill your infuser or one of these tea filters with your Smugglers Spice tealeaves. (Tea filters are great as you just pop them straight in the bin when you are done.)
- Put the tea into the water and allow it to infuse 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon sticks, chopped lemon, ginger and sugar.
- Leave for another 5-10 minutes. Even though the tea already has hints of ginger and cinnamon, adding them now will lift the flavours, and keep them really intense once we add the cold water.
- Strain the tea through a sieve (into a measuring jug or something similar) and then transfer to a heatproof jug. Add the cold water and put in the fridge.
- After a few hours your tea will be ready to serve. Add ice and a slice.
- Enjoy the spicy iced tea and relax!
The finished tea tastes gorgeous and we bet that when winter comes around this tea, with the cinnamon sticks and ginger, will taste great hot too.
Try it out
Do you have your own iced tea recipe? We would love to read it @tweetjanes.