If you have brewed a cup of hot tea, iced tea is just as simple! It has a couple of different “rules” that will help develop the flavors more fully, but iced tea is a great way to experiment with blending flavors and sweetness.
Measurements below yield 16 oz. of iced tea:
Put leaves (and any sweetener) into a vessel that can handle very hot water. Use twice the amount of loose tea that you would normally use in hot tea. We recommend 2 - 3 tsp of tea to 8 oz. of heated water.
Steeping time varies with tea. White teas can steep as fast as 1-2 minutes; green teas 2-3 minutes; oolong teas 3-4 minutes; black teas 3-4 minutes; and herbal teas can take 4-5 minutes. White, oolong and green teas steep at cooloer temperatures (150 - 190 degrees); black and herbal teas can handle temperatures up to boiling. Adjust amount of leaves, more or less, to suit your taste instead of adjusting time. Stewing (aka: overbrewing) tea leaves or blends creates a very bitter cup. Herbal teas are a little more forgiving if you forgot to set your timer.
Strain brewed tea into a 16 oz. vessel filled with ice. Taste and adjust sweetener. Add fruit for garnish and flavor.
Almost any tea may be enjoyed iced. Here are some of our shop’s most popular requests:
Organic White Tangerine: White tea in general has a light, fresh liquor. The tangerine in our tea is more aromatic than flavor, and adds a slight astringency that leaves a clean, refreshed palate.
Tea Bayou House Blend: A perfect balance of a dozen flavors with premium black tea, this slightly sweet and spicy blend is perfect by itself or with lunch.
Blooibos: Wild blueberries mixed with roasted red rooibos is great sweetened or straight-up. This is a go-to tea for many who are looking for a treat without the calories.