Iced tea is a more than welcome refreshment come hazy and hot summer days. This tried-and-true method for making cold brew iced tea at home couldn’t be easier, and I highly recommend giving a few of my current favorite teas a try if you’re looking to try something light, fruity, and refreshing to enjoy all season long (they all fit that bill)!
The 4th of July is on the horizon next week (how?!), and in my eyes that means summer is here. There’s just something about watching fireworks explode in the night sky while positioned on a blanket in the grass, feeling the warmth that hangs in the air like a hug all around that signifies the dog days of the season have unarguably arrived.
With summer, of course, comes certain delicacies of the season: hot dogs fresh off the grill topped with sweet relish, juicy bites of impossibly sweet watermelon, and overflowing tumblers of iced tea dressed with pops of flavor like fresh mint or lemon slices. Let’s talk a bit more about the latter.
For those who don’t know me in real life, I’m quite possibly the biggest fan of tea and coffee ever. I love it in all of its forms, no matter hot, cold, or even frozen. In the summer, I make batches of iced tea by the pitcher each week. If you peek into my fridge during the warm weather months, you’ll always see my trusty glass jar on the top shelf–and you can bet it’s chock-full of my latest iced tea find. I’m kind of a tea hoarder, in fact, but that’s neither here nor there.
So why on earth am I so iced tea obsessed? Well, to start, let me be clear: there’s a whole lot more to iced tea than nondescript aluminum cans filled with unnaturally sweet, bubbly flavor, the kind you obtain on a whim from a vending machine. It’s a ritual, a routine of pure enjoyment, an experience of the taste buds and senses (is that too much?).
Simply put, it gives me the opportunity to slow down a little and savor the little pleasures in life. Whenever I make a new batch, I watch the steady stream of steam from the tea kettle evaporate into the air in eddies and swirls, I breathe in the aromatic scent that fills the pot. Then I pour the heated mixture over ice, listening to the crackle of the ice cubes and stirring, stirring, stirring until I have a glass of chilled bliss.
Besides the routine I love so much, let’s be real: iced tea simply tastes incredible in the heat of the summer! In today’s post, I’m giving you the rundown of my easy (so easy!) method for making cold brew iced tea and then sharing a few of my current favorite iced teas you’ll want to sip on all summer long. You can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose!
- FOR TEA BAGS: Boil water. Pour into large, airtight glass gallon size jug. Add 6-7 tea bags and then refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight to steep and chill. Remove tea bags before drinking and enjoy!
- FOR LOOSE LEAF TEA: Boil water. Pout into large but slightly shallow stockpot. Add ¼ cup to ½ cup loose leaf tea leaves to a fine mesh strainer (be sure to use a very fine one that will not allow tea leaves to fall through). Position strainer over the stockpot so that the tea leaves are steeping in the water and the handle falls across the width of the stockpot for support. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or overnight to steep and chill. Pour into glass jug (you can use a funnel if necessary) and enjoy!
Current Favorite Iced Teas
Now that you’re up to speed on how to make cold brew iced tea, which one should you use? Well, the following iced teas are all ones I have used and loved! In fact, a pitcher of the guava iced tea is chilling in my fridge right now. 🙂 Several links are Amazon Affiliate links, meaning I will earn a small percentage for every purchase made; however, the price is the same for you! Thanks for supporting this blog.
If fruity and sweet is your thing, this is the one, guys. It tastes just like guava to me and is caffeine-free.
Minty, fruity, refreshing… this one tastes just like the cocktail. Highly recommend!
Maybe I’m oddly obsessed with guava lately (see bullet #1), but I promise it’s quite delicious! This one is very unique flavor-wise, too.
This is a long-time favorite of mine! Think tart berries combined with sweet and bright citrus. Very refreshing.
The zingy bite from the ginger is perfectly balanced with sweet peaches and earthy green tea. Love adding some mint and lemon slices to this one.
Question of the Day
What’s YOUR favorite tea? Share some good ones with me!