Iced Tea Recipe for Loose Leaf Tea
Making iced tea from freshly brewed loose leaf tea yields a more flavorful beverage than an iced tea recipe that calls for using tea bags.
The quality grade of bulk or loose leaf tea is higher than the teas typically used in pre-packaged tea bags. That's why tea brewed with loose leaf tea is better tasting and garners greater health benefits. To buy loose leaf black, green, oolong, white or herbal teas, please click here.
There are two traditional methods for making iced tea that can be easily stored in your refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to three days.
In addition, you will find additional articles below on how to prepare specific types of of flavored iced teas.
Hot Preparation Method:
Use one-half of the recommended amount of water for the amount of tea you are brewing. Steeping time and water temperature vary according the type of tea you are making. Therefore, follow these guidelines.
For sweet tea, add sugar, honey, or stevia to taste. Artificial sweeteners may be used, if you prefer, though they are not preferred. Once your tea is prepared, chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
Cold Preparation Method:
Use the full recommended amount of water for the amount of tea you are brewing.
With either preparation method, you can add extra zest or a flavor twist to your brew with squeezed lemon, mint leaves or a splash of cranberry, orange, peach or pineapple juice.
Experiment with different types of teas and flavor enhancements to create your own special iced tea recipe that will keep friends and loved ones coming back for more.
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