Iced tea: recipes and secrets!
Did I hear someone say iced tea…?
Picture the scene: the sun is shining, the sun is blue, and you’re lying back on a deckchair with the smell of freshly cut grass filling your nostrils. The temperature outside is perfect, your swimming pool glistens in the sun, and you’re in a state of tranquillity that nothing and nobody can disturb. But what’s missing from this idyllic scene? A drink, of course! Something cool and indulgent. Water? Too boring… A fizzy drink? Too sweet… A fruit juice? Too thick… So how about an iced tea? Light, refreshing and delicious… it ticks all the boxes! Don’t mind if we do :)
Recipe N°1: the hot water method
This iced tea recipe uses hot water to infuse the tea. The exact temperature of the water will vary in accordance with the tea you’re using: the darker the tea, the hotter the water (but take care not to scold the leaves!). Nonetheless, please bear in mind that this method has two major disadvantages…
Hot water can destroy the vitamin and mineral content of tea leaves. Also, tannin is likely to build up in your infuser or even in your cup, meaning your tea may develop a certain bitterness that clashes with the taste you’re looking for…
Steps for making iced tea using a kettle and hot water:
- Firstly, heat the water (using a variable temperature kettle if possible, for maximum precision).
- Pour the water over your tea (whether loose or in teabags) and let it infuse until the water turns the desired colour (no more than 15 minutes).
- Leave the tea to cool.
- Place it in a refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours.
Recipe N°2: the room temperature method
Easier and quicker, the room temperature method is without question the best way to make iced tea. By using this method, the risk of producing that unwanted tannin is significantly reduced, meaning that even the subtlest flavours of your tea can flourish.
What’s more, as well as preserving the full flavour, you will also benefit from all the nutritional properties – vitamins and minerals – that are naturally present in your tea, making it the perfect drink for any time of day. Just be careful: if you’re making an iced tea using green tea, be sure to drink it within 24 hours as it will oxidise quickly.
The recipe in a few simple steps:
- Firstly, check that you’re using the right amount of tea. The correct ratio is 15g of tea per litre of room temperature water.
- Leave the tea to infuse. This will take anywhere between 30 minutes and several hours, depending on the type of tea being used (the darker the tea, the longer the time required).
- Occasionally stir the mixture during the infusion.
- Once the infusion is complete, remove the tea leaves (or teabags).
- Feel free to add slices of fresh lemon, mint leaves, honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, or other ingredients of your choice.
- Cool the drink in your fridge for a few hours.
- Once it is nicely chilled, serve and enjoy!
Other recipes for iced tea
It’s also possible to make iced tea cubes, which are a real treat in the summer! All it takes is to add one flavoured ice cube to a glass of water (flat, fizzy, or even lemonade) to bring an intense freshness to your drink.
Personalising your iced tea
For an even more indulgent iced tea, why not try making it with the following ingredients?
- Chunks and zests of fresh fruit
- Agave or maple syrup
- Aromatic herbs
You could also try replacing the flat water with sparkling water or even lemonade.
Handy accessories for an even more refreshing drink
These days, a wide array of products are available to help you prepare your iced tea. Here is a selection of the best:
Variable temperature kettles can help for the first method, while other specialised kettles like the Sencha Ice de Riviera & Bar includes an iced tea mode that is ideal for the second recipe.
Iced tea is also a healthy option for kids, just pick an option without theine like the African Sweety.
Check out our selection of iced tea to make a delicious and refreshing drink, tailored just for you!
If you’d rather play with loose leaf tea, why not try fruity or minty teas?