How to make the best iced tea…

Iced tea is a favourite summer sipper and easy to make from scratch. You
probably already have everything you need in your cupboards right now to whip up
a tasty pitcher of iced tea. All it takes is a few tea bags, water and a bit of
sugar and you are on your way. Making iced tea from scratch also lets you
control the amount of sugar you use, or you can skip the sugar altogether and
just add lemon for a tart, thirst-quenching drink.

1. Use enough
tea bags

When foods are served cold, the flavours become dull. A
stronger tea – such as Darjeeling, Jasmine
or green teas – is necessary to have a well-flavoured tea served cold. Use two
tea bags for every 3 cups of water for best results.

2. Don’t
oversteep

If you prefer your tea stronger, use more tea bags rather
than lengthening the steeping time. Allowing tea to overstep brings out the
tannins in the tea and can make it bitter. For weaker tea, reduce the steeping
time rather than taking away tea bags for better flavour.

3. Add
sugar to hot water

If you sweeten your tea, add the sugar to the hot
tea in order to dissolve the grains. If you prefer to sweeten your tea
afterwards as per each persons taste, use a simple syrup rather than granulated
sugar which will leave sugar grains in your glass.

4. Cool
before refrigerating

Putting hot tea into a cold fridge will make
your tea cloudy. Allow your tea to cool before you refrigerate. If you do end
up with cloudy tea, try adding a bit of boiling water to it – it will sometimes
do the trick!

5. Keep it real
Don’t use artificial
lemon juice. Only use real fresh squeezed lemon juice from fresh lemons for the
very best flavour.

6. Fresh is best
Iced tea
taste best when it is freshly made. Make only what you will drink in two or
three days. It’s easy to make, so don’t worry about having to mix up another
batch!

Enjoy!

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