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How to Make Iced Tea
Summer's Favorite Beverage
Summer just wouldn't be summer without a tall, thirst quenching glass of iced tea.  Here are         
quick and easy instructions for brewing up a perfect gallon of summertime's favorite                      
beverage, plus tips and ideas for adding sweeteners and your favorite flavors, for an even           
tastier brew.
Iced Tea  
(makes 1 gallon)
             or 6-8 oz.glasses)              
 

What you need
Fresh, good tasting cold water (16-8 oz
cups)
10 to 12 tablespoons loose tea
Or - 18 tea bags

Instructions
Heat 8 cups (64 oz) cold water to
boiling:
Green tea - 170-180F (77-82C)
Black tea - (190-200F (88-93C)
Oolong tea - 180-200F (82-93C)

(Visit our Secrets of Brewing  and How to Brew pages for more helpful info on
brewing and steeping)    

Add loose tea or tea bags to hot water and steep:
Green tea - 3 minutes
Black tea - 5 minutes
Oolong tea - 3-4 minutes

Remove loose tea leaves or tea bags from water and let hot brewed tea cool down a
bit before adding to 8 cups cold water in a 1 gallon jar or pitcher.  Stir brewed tea  
and water in pitcher to mix, and refrigerate.

Add sweeteners, garnishments, or flavor additions or just leave plain.

Visit our
Measure and Yield page for more on measuring different types and styles of
tea, and our
Herbal Teas page for measuring equivalents for fresh, powdered, and
dried herbs and spices.  Also see our
Measuring Loose Leaf Tea page for info on how
to weigh the correct amount of tea for different sized cups, mugs, teapots and travel
mugs.

       Adding Flavorings
                                           Some like their tea straight up, no sweeteners, no
                                           lemon, or garnishments of any kind.  But many
                                           people (myself included) love to experiment with
                                           different flavors and combinations.  

                                           Iced tea goes together well with many different fla-
                                           vors, from fresh mint, to lemon, lime, orange,
                                           raspberry, strawberry, peach, blueberry...well, you    
       get the picture.  It's only really limited by your imagination.

       Use a
flavored tea as a base, and add from there.  Either fresh or frozen fruit
       makes a great flavoring.  Cut fresh fruit up into small pieces or freeze fruit juice
       in ice cube trays and add for a nice flavor boost.

       Herbs and spices also add a nice kick of flavor.  Start with a mint gunpowder
       tea as a base and add fresh chopped or whole mint leaves (maybe from your
       own herb garden?), for a fresh, invigorating taste.  Or if you like it spicy you
       can add a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or whole star anise to the
       hot tea while it's steeping, so the spices can infuse with the tea.

       Rather than sweetening iced tea with sugar or honey, add
       half a cup of fruit juice to sweeten, giving it a fresh, sweet
       flavor, and so healthy, too.  You can use any kind of fruit
       juice you enjoy, be it apple, cranberry, raspberry, orange,
       even pomegranate makes a great flavor addition.

       Try using flavored tea as a base, (such as
Strawberry Tea
       for an extra punch of flavor) and just add from there.  Have
       fun creating tasty, complex flavor combinations for your iced
       tea, and sit back, relax, and as always,
Enjoy!
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