Iced tea - a nice refreshment for hot summer days

Fruit ice tea decorated with watermelon and mint
Fruit ice tea: variation with watermelon

It doesn't always have to be ice to cool down. On hot There is hardly anything better on summer days than a nice glass of to make iced tea comfortable in a deck chair.

I think you already know what's coming. When you make your own iced tea, you can control what goes into it. From selected (organic) ingredients to the many possible variations and the right amount of sugar, everyone can determine exactly how their iced tea should be composed. The usual iced teas from the supermarket contain about 15 cubes of sugar per litre (i.e. 45 g), sometimes also preservatives and colourings.

Making your own iced tea is not difficult at all. You just have to wait a little while until the tea has cooled down. For warm days you should put a pot in the morning and keep it in the fridge.

Basic recipe iced tea

For the most original variant black tea is the basis. But in principle, any type of tea can be made into iced tea. In the following I will show you how the general procedure is. But there are a lot of suggestions for more unusual variations at the end of the article.

"The traditional" black tea (1 liter):

Black tea forms the basis for the traditional ice tea
Black tea forms the basis for the traditional ice tea

The traditional black tea ice tea (1 liter):

  • 12 teaspoons loose black tea (alternatively 6 bags)
  • 2 lemons
  • sugar to taste (approx. 30 g)
  • Ice cube

Preparation step-by-step instructions

  1. Place the loose tea in a tea strainer or the tea bags in a pot and pour 1 litre of boiling water over it. Let it steep for about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea strainer or tea bags and stir in the sugar until everything is dissolved.
  3. Fill a sink with cold water and place the teapot inside. To speed things up, the water should be changed regularly. Add ice cubes to the teapot at the same time so that the tea cools down quickly.
  4. Place the tea in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
  5. Squeeze a lemon and add to the tea and mix well. Cut the second lemon into slices and put them into the pot as well. Finally add a few ice cubes.

Tips for the preparation

  • It is best to use a strong type of tea. For black tea it is recommended to use e.g. Assam, Ceylon or Darjeeling.
  • It is important to cool down quickly with the ice cubes so that the tea does not become bitter.
  • Because of the ice cubes, the tea must be more intense at the beginning so that it does not taste too watery at the end. If the iced tea is not intense enough, use more tea the next time. You should not try to make the tea more intensive by infusing it for a longer period of time.
  • Alternatively, instead of ice cubes made of water, you can also use re-freezable or reusable cubes. This also prevents watering the ice tea.
  • The tea should be at room temperature before being placed in the refrigerator. This is for ecological reasons, but also has the advantage that the iced tea does not become cloudy.
  • Instead of the usual white sugar, brown sugar or honey also do very well. Alternative sugars such as xylitol or eritythrol (erythritol) can also be used.
  • It is best to drink the iced tea on the same day. It tastes best fresh. But it also keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge.

Other varieties for iced tea

Tea plantation at sunrise
Tea plantation at sunrise

The basic recipe can also be made with the following tea varieties. You take about twice the usual amount of tea for the same amount of water.

Green Ice Tea

Green tea should be poured over with low temperature water (usually approx. 60°C) according to the package instructions. In addition, some peppermint can be added to the finished ice tea. This makes the taste even more interesting.

Oolong Ice Tea

Also with this type of tea you should not use boiling water. Here, heat the water to approx. 80-90°C and follow the instructions on the package.

Herbal Ice Tea

This tea is very well suited for all those who should or want to avoid caffeine. The iced tea can be refined with some ginger.

Ingredients herbal iced tea

  • 10 teaspoons loose herbal tea (alternatively 5 bags)
  • 1 lime, juice thereof
  • sugar to taste (approx. 20 g)
  • Ice cube
  • if necessary 3 slices of ginger

Preparation herbal iced tea

Preparation according to the instructions above.
Let the ginger steep with the tea for more intensity or alternatively add it after cooling.

Herbal iced tea refined with ginger
Herbal iced tea refined with ginger

Fruit Ice Tea

Fruit tea is very well suited for children, as it does not contain any caffeine. Here you should use the lemon sparingly, as the tea is inherently sour. Fruit juices can be used as an alternative to sweetening with sugar. For the eye, you can also put some sliced fruit in the pot.

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