Iced Tea Recipes For All Your Family and Friends to Enjoy This Summer!
The warm vibes of the sunshine conjures summer flashbacks of BBQ’s, mown lawns, idyllic boat trips on the canal, pub gardens, beach walks and gentle snoozes on the hammock. All this hard work can make you thirsty for something cool and refreshing. Well that was the case at the time of writing and now as I look at the window all I see is Britain’s finest weather.
Iced tea is the number one drink in the warm weather. Americans have been drinking iced tea for over a century and in the beautiful south sweet iced tea is enjoyed by the gallon. See more about iced tea and it’s history here.
Interested in making your own iced tea? Then please read on because the recipes further on will save you some dollar.
I would personally recommend buying your own tea bottle. For £20.00, you can make a pitcher of your favourite iced tea the night before and then fill up before heading to work the next day.
Iced Tea Recipes
Sweet Iced Tea
It would be rude not to start with a nice sweet iced tea recipe. After all, iced tea in America is usually served sweetened or unsweetened and this recipe will calm your intense sugar cravings. Highly recommended with a savoury meal.
For all of the below iced tea recipes I would recommend using a 1-1.5 litre heat resistant pitcher. I would use 950ml of boiled water for all the below iced tea recipes.
Here are the ingredients that you will need for Sweet Iced tea.
- 4 Black tea bags or 10 to 12g of loose leaf tea (roughly 3 to 4 perfect teaspoons)
- 2 pinches of baking soda
- 75g of granulated sugar
To reduce the bitter taste from the tannins add 2 pinches of baking soda into a heat resistant pitcher. Next pour in the boiling water with the 12 tea bags and then the granulated sugar. Cover the top of the pitcher to allow the tea bags to steep for a good 15 minutes. As soon as the water has turned full bodied take out the tea bags and leave to cool on the side until it reaches room temperature. Put the pitcher in the fridge till your tea turns cold. You can now finally add some ice and a bit of lemon for a nice finishing touch. Enjoy 😉
Warning! This tea is not for the benefit of good health.
Green Mint Iced Tea
Green Mint iced tea has a delicate floral scent but the mint has enough space to tap into every single sense of your tongue making it extremely refreshing
The benefits? Well it eliminates the bad bacteria that has been lingering in your mouth. It is also helpful to drink a glass of Green Mint iced tea an hour before you go to bed as it aids in digestion. For the green tea itself it has a nice small dose of vitamin B, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Catechins.
- 5 Green Tea Bags or 12 to 15g of loose leaf tea (roughly 4 to 5 perfect teaspoons)
- One handful of Mint leaves (Add more or less as necessary)
- Stalk of Lemongrass
- 5 tbsp of runny honey (Optional)
With the Green Tea you can either buy the store brought stuff or take advantage of other types of Green Tea out there. A personal favourite of mine is Chun Mee.
Chun Mee is less sweet then other Green teas so adding some honey will go down very well. It is also a lot more forgiving if you live in a hard water area.
To start off, I begin by boiling the water and leaving this to cool down to the ideal temperature of 80℃. Most iced tea recipes will tell you to add the Green Tea at boiling point but it’s all about doing it the right way. For great taste always brew your green tea at the recommended temperature.
Once you have left the Green Iced tea to brew for 5 minutes, take out the teas bags, add the mint leaves, honey and leave to cool in the fridge for about 45 minutes minimum. We are now coming up to the best part…
Grab a nice cold glass, pour in your Green Mint Iced Tea, then finish with some crushed ice and lemongrass stalks.
Warning! Make sure that you always pick the mint leaves off the stalk
Rooibos Chai Iced Tea
Rooibos Chai tea evokes the beauty of South Africa.
If you have not yet been introduced to Rooibos tea it is basically a mellow tea that can be enjoyed hot in the Winter and is great to have on the rocks throughout summer. Rooibos is naturally low in caffeine, high in antioxidants, aids digestion and is low in Oxalate. I am very excited to start bragging about Rooibos chai tea. It is like South African and Indian traditions amalgamating together to form a Jazzy cup of red spice.
Rooibos chai tea is a blend that has tasty bits and pieces of organic herbs like cardamom, cinnamon, star aniseed, ginger and black pepper.
- 4 Rooibos Chai tea bags or 10-12g of loose leaf tea (roughly 3 to 4 perfect teaspoons)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 20g of granulated sugar (optional)
Here we won’t be making our Rooibos Chai from scratch. That only eats into your precious time, however, if you really do find that you have a few hours to spare, you should really have a go! It’s great fun.
Take the tea bags or loose leaf leaf tea and brew this in your tea infuser pot for a good 5 minutes. Rooibos can actually be brewed for much longer because of the low Tannin count. This effectively means that it will not go bitter.
Once the temperature of the Rooibos Chai has dropped in temperature. Preferably 60/70℃ (this is where I recommend buying a tea thermometer), mix in your vanilla extra and sugar until it dissolves. It is easier to dissolve solubles at a warmer temperature rather then at boiling point.
When the Rooibos Chai drops to about room temperature put the tea pot inside the fridge and allow to cool for the next 45 minutes. Leave in the fridge for longer if you really want your Rooibos Chai to be cold.
Add the ice cubes and Voila! You now have Rooibos Chai iced tea.
For a more milky tea it doesn’t hurt to add some of your own milk.
Oolong Iced Tea
In my other blog post titled Mr Tea’s Iced Tea, you will see that America predominately ended up drinking 99% black tea due to trade supply being cut from China in World War II. Prior to the war, America would have enjoyed drinking Green and black iced tea. Today, even mainstream coffee shops sell green and black. Although these are the preferred choices we should not forget about semi oxidised tea.
Featuring Oolong tea for it’s semi oxidised, semi-sweet taste. Oolong makes a remarkable iced tea. For those looking for a healthier alternative, Oolong iced tea is for you due to it’s natural sweetness.
- 4 Oolong tea bags or 10-12g of loose leaf tea (roughly 3 to 4 perfect teaspoons)
- 2 tbsp of honey
When brewing the Oolong tea this needs to be done at an ideal temperature of 80℃ for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
Once your Oolong tea has dropped down to room temperature put in the refrigerator.
Come back to your Oolong tea as soon as you think it’s cold enough and then pour into a nice tall glass. Add the honey and then eventually the iced cubes.
Oolong can be semi-oxidised which is near 30-50% and leans more towards a greener tea. Oolong can range from buttery floral notes to chocolaty dark roasted hazelnuts. If you are going to go Oolong I would try an Oriental beauty as it is ever so naturally sweet. An oriental beauty is over 70% oxidised.
Green Apple Iced Tea
Green Apple iced tea will really resonate the seasons in the sun. On those hot days that cause body sweats, stickiness and an unwillingness to carry anymore load, an apple iced tea will really lift the spirits.
Green Apples are not going to be used for the recipe. The Green actually presents the Green Tea used. The type of green tea that you use is entirely up to you. For this recipe, it is preferable to use a lighter bodied green tea so that the succulent sweetness of the Apple can be enjoyed.
- 6 Green Tea Bags or 15 to 18g of loose leaf tea (roughly 4 to 6 perfect teaspoons)
- 1 Tbsp of Honey
- 480ml of Fresh Organic Apple Juice
Pour the boiling water into your heat resistant pitcher and allow to cool to the required 85℃.
Brew the green tea bags for 5 minutes and then discard. Stir in the honey until it has dissolved and then eventually the apply juice.
Leave the pitcher to cool in the fridge as you do.
Take the pitcher out of the fridge, pour into a nice chilled glass and crush over some ice. You can even add some fruit on top such as lime for those neat few finishing touches.
There you have it
I really hope that you have enjoyed reading up on these iced tea recipes and that you can build up some inspiration to get in that kitchen and make your own.
The weather has been really Appalling for August and is nothing like the hot rays of sunshine we had in July.
If you are drinking tea whilst reading, please raise your cup and here is to more sunshine in our lives.