Thank you to whomever reminded “Summer” to finally grace herself in the city of Seattle. C’mon… it’s ridiculous when I’m wearing my down coat and it is the month of July. The Fourth of July was gray, cold, and wet – no surprise there. But imagine how surprised I was to wake up to sunshine yesterday. In fact, the weather rose to 79 degrees! In Seattle, this is considered “unbearably hot”. My husband flipped the switch to our portable air conditioner standing tall in our dining room and the kids spent little time getting their swim suits on to play with the garden hose outside.
Making iced tea is simple and straightforward. It’s the same as making hot tea except you’ll want to make it double strength. For instance, you will steep two tea bags for every cup of water. The way I make iced tea is to use half black tea and half any other flavor. In this case, my daughters picked out coconut mango wuyi oolong (green) tea to marry good old plain Lipton tea. I think they did a fantastic job. The coconut mango tea was very refreshing and I will be making another batch as soon as we polish off this one.
If you’re looking for a good excuse to use the empty juice pitcher laying around, and you happen to live somewhere where the sun is shining its warmth on you, here’s my recipe for iced tea. Enjoy!
How to Make Iced Tea
What you’ll need:
10 tea bags * I recommend using half plain black tea like Liptons and half another type such as an herbal fruit tea.
5 cups water
Optional: Mint sprigs, lemon, sugar or other sweetener (simple syrup, agave, honey, splenda)
Place tea bags in a boiling pot of water. Allow the water to simmer for 1 minute before turning off the heat. Allow the tea bags to steep for at least 20 minutes so it has a chance to pull all the flavor from the tea leaves and also allows the tea to slightly cool. Tea should be slightly warmer than luke warm but not burning. Fill a juice pitcher with ice and optional sliced lemons, and mint sprig. Pour tea over the ice and stir. Serve with additional lemon wedges. If you prefer your tea more sweet, add simple syrup to the ice tea mixture before serving. Enjoy!