How To Make Organic Ice Tea
About Iced Tea
Iced tea is a widely popular beverage made that has become a staple beverage in many countries around the world, particularly in the United States and Canada.
It’s a simple combination of tea leaves and chilled water served with ice cubes. But of course, adding extra flavor to iced tea is very common. Some of the most popular flavors of iced tea include lemon, lime, peach, raspberry, passion fruit and cherry.
Some Ice Tea History
Iced tea is one of the few foods that originated solely in the United States, along with bourbon and hotdogs. Iced tea was first developed in South Carolina in 1795 and not long after it began appearing in English and American cookbooks.
Most of the iced tea at that time was green tea, with generous amounts of liquor and ice - the classic “punch” beverage. That recipe has been enjoyed for generations, especially in the South were the weather is warmer.
How To Make Organic Iced Tea
The preferred tea for preparing iced tea is black because it tolerates higher water temperatures better than green tea.
To start, add 2 tsp per 250 ml (1 cup) in boiling water. This is about twice the amount you’d use if you were making a hot cup of tea. Allow the tea to steep for 4 - 6 mins then let it to cool. Then add sugar, honey or stevia to give it a sweeter taste.
Using the same amount of tea, you can also steep the tea cold and let it sit in the fridge over night. This process can take up to 48 hrs.
Then, pour the cooled tea in tall glasses, add ice cubes, and serve. At this point, you can add lemon juice or other fruity flavoring to your iced tea.
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