There are hundreds of iced tea variations, but whether you prefer to cool off with a creamy, fruity, or zesty chilled beverage, this article will definitely satisfy.
Check out our top four ways to make homemade iced tea with tea bags, and feel the heatwave disappear with each sip.
Once you learn how simple iced-tea making is, you will never buy the store-bought kind ever again!
Black iced tea is what we consider to be a standard iced tea, as black tea is the usual base for the iced kind. You can use any brand of black iced tea you want, but I really suggest you go with a good-quality one, as the difference in taste can be tremendous.
You will need:
And this is how you can make a standard iced-tea:
You can make a fruity iced tea with fresh fruit or fruit syrup.
If you are into creamy beverages, you will definitely fall in love with this iced tea. The robust and somewhat bitter flavor of the black tea pairs perfectly with the subtle vanilla notes, resulting in a smooth and pleasing taste.
You can do this by using vanilla black tea bags or simply by adding vanilla extract to your regular tea. Let’s say go with the latter option:
Instead of black tea, you can also use green tea to make iced tea. The taste will not be as earthy and robust, but there are a lot of reasons to go with green tea, as well. For starters, it is jam-packed with antioxidants and has incredible cleansing properties, which makes it the perfect beverage when you need to flush some toxins.
The method is the same as with the black iced tea:
Honey – Instead of grainy sugar, choose a smooth and natural sweetener like honey
Simple Syrup – If you don’t want the sugar to sink at the bottom of the glass, use simple syrup instead
Lemon – Squeezing some lemon juice over or adding fresh lemon slices can add a refreshing kick to your tea
Lemonade – Also known as half-and-half or Arnold Palmer, lemonade and iced tea match perfectly
Berries – A colorful and tasty fruity taste boost
Herbs – Want to up the freshness? Just add a few mint leaves, some lavender, or rosemary sprigs to your tea
Frozen Fruit – Extra chilly and extra fruity, frozen chunks of fruit such as mango, melon, pineapple, peaches can really transform the taste
Extracts – Vanilla is not the only extract for tea. You can also choose rum, almond, coconut, or even a fruity flavor
Coconut Milk – Nutty, creamy, and naturally sweet, coconut milk is an excellent addition to any kind of tea
Spirits – Yup! Add some booze to the mix and make it a real party, people. Gin, rum, and bourbon are some great boozy add-ons
Let’s be honest, loose leaf tea is better. Brewing whole leaves instead of crushed ones brings a lot more benefits, but we’re not making a herbal tea, guys. Isn’t it enough already that we need to wait for our brewed tea to cool a bit to make it iced? We don’t need to spend any more time straining and dealing with all the fuss. We need a chilly drink quick and fast. Tea bags are much more practical for iced tea, especially if you’re steeping for a crowd.
And there you go! A refreshing, tasty, and satisfying iced tea, prepared in no time but with heaps of love. Which one of the four methods is your favorite? We would love to hear all about your iced-tea adventures. Let’s stay in touch!