This is a new series of blog posts to share my love of tea and some discoveries I am making as I dive more into that love. (And honestly, what goes better with books than a nice cup of tea?)
Welcome back to Tea Time Tuesday. I have been really enjoying refreshing iced tea in these hot days we have now. I thought I would share a little bit I have learned so far about brewing your own iced tea today.
First method is Sun Tea. I remember my mom making sun tea when I was a kid (she had a glass pitcher that hand orange slices painted all over it). I have never made sun tea myself but really wanted to try. So I went out and bought myself a nice 1 gallon glass pitcher (even though the darn thing started leaking before I even finished drinking my first batch of tea). I filled it about 2/3s of the way up because I wanted room to add ice and chill it quickly. I then added 10 regular Lipton tea bags and put it out on the deck in sunshine for 3.5 hours. I then filled it the rest of the way with ice cubes and added just a splash of simple syrup for a touch of sweetness. I really enjoyed it as did a friend of my Hubby's who came by for a BBQ that day.
While I was looking at different ways to enjoy iced tea, I came across a post about making it using a cold brewing method. So I thought I would give it a try. I had to use my old 1/2 gallon pitcher since my new one is leaking. I filled the pitcher with cool filtered water and added 5 bags of Green Tea and let it sit. From what I read this brewing process usually takes 24 hours or so but because I used a lighter flavored tea I left the tea bags in for nearly 48 hours. It is still a little weak in flavor so I would maybe hold off on adding much ice or I would use a stronger tea next time.
How are you enjoying your iced tea? Is there a method you like to use for brewing your own?