Summer tea love

On a hot day nothing beats the heat like a delicious glass of homemade iced tea.

Making your own is easy and lets you load up on flavour without loading up on extra sugar and empty calories!  Generally herbal and fruity teas are the best choice for iced tea, since they naturally have some sweetness.  Black and green teas can be good too, but tend to be more bitter.

Here’s some easy tips for making your perfect pitcher.

What you need:

  • 2 ice cube trays + water
  • juice pitcher
  • kettle or pot
  • large tea bag
  • your favorite loose tea
  • a large mug

How to:

  1. Make 2 trays of ice cubes. Stick in freezer well in advance (like the night before). If you have an ice maker in your fridge then Pass GO, collect $200 and skip this step 😉
  2. Fill a medium pot or kettle with water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, fill half of your large tea ball with the loose tea of your choice. Close shut and place into your mug.
  4. Fill mug with boiling water and let steep for 4-5 min.  Don’t overfill or it will be hard to pour into your pitcher!
  5. While the tea steeps, fill your pitcher with ice cubes.
  6. Now dump cup of tea into pitcher over ice.
  7. Steep another mug of tea (can use the same tea again because you used a big tea ball).  Pour into pitcher.
  8. Mix with a giant spoon.
  9. Pour and enjoy!

* Optional: to make it sweeter, add a little honey or maple syrup to the tea while it is steeping (mixes better); you can also add in a container of frozen lemonade for a real sweet treat.

Flavour Recommendations:

  1. Lime Fizz (the Tea Haus at the London Covent Garden Market, London, Ontario)
  2. Canadian Blueberry Tea (The Tea Hau, London, ON)
  3. Apricot Escape (World Tea House, Argyle Street, Halifax)
  4. Caramelized Pear (World Tea House, Argyle Street, Halifax)
  5. Luscious Watermelon (David’s Tea)
  6. Forever Nuts (David’s Tea)
  7. Tazo Shaken Iced Passion Tea (Starbucks – they make this one for you but get it unsweetened)
  8. Raspberry Thriller (President’s Choice – in packages (you pay tax on this type of tea!))