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BEST ICED TEAS YOU SHOULD TRY TODAY.

 BEST ICED TEAS YOU SHOULD TRY TODAY

 

Tea has been around us for almost more than five thousand years and is the second most popular beverage in the world after water.

Iced tea the product of necessity and desperation, discovered by accident in the early twenties has changed into a national phenomenon. Once a summer-only beverage in much of the country, iced tea has expanded itself as a year-round refresher.

Imagine a delicious glass of summer iced tea. Take a long cool sip. Listen to the ice crackle and clink. Is the glass part full or partly empty? Take another sip. And now?

In this blog, we are going to make best-iced teas that you should try today. So let’s get started.

 

1) OOLONG ICED TEA

Oolong tea is a blend of the freshness of green tea and the intensity of black tea. The best oolongs come from Taiwan.

You might think that this is not suitable for iced tea, but on a special occasion, the smoky and exotic flavor notes are interesting change.

This iced oolong tea recipe is refreshing, exciting and easy to make.  While you think black tea is the best choice to make iced tea, oolong tea can be an even better selection and healthier alternative.

SERVINGS: 2 Servings                TIME: 10 Min

Oolong Iced Tea

INGREDIENTS

1) 1 cup water

2) 1 heaping teaspoon oolong loose leaf tea (3-5 grams)

3) 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon honey

4) 1 cup ice

5) Lemon wedges (optional)

 

PREPARATION:

1) In a small saucepan, bring a cup of freshwater to boil (up to 194-203’F).

2) Pour the hot water over tea leaves. Let’s steep it for 4-6 minutes.

3) Fill the glass with ice. Strain the tea leaves and pour the tea into a glass.

4) Add sweetener, stir and serve over lemon wedges if desired.

 

2) Iced green tea

Green tea has been getting a lot of positive press lately. It seems that it may be very good for us, fighting all the free radicals in the body.

Iced green tea is delicious, aromatic beverage and marries very well with food. This iced tea is not as sweet as grocery store green teas, so you might have to adjust your honey or sugar.

You can even mix it with your lemonade for a hot summer treat. It is more refreshing on a hot day.

SERVINGS: 2 Servings                TIME: 10 Min

Iced Green Tea

INGREDIENTS:

1) 1 cup water (fresh spring water)

2) 1 heaping teaspoon of green loose leaf tea (3-5grams)

3) 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon honey

4) 1 cup ice

5) 1/3 or 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice.

 

PREPARATION:

1) Bring a cup of water to a slow boil in a small saucepan.

2) Add tea leaves into a teapot. Pour hot water over tea leaves and steep it for 5-7 minutes. (Steeping time might vary depending on the desired strength)

3)  Add the honey or sugar (if using), and lemon juice, stirring to combine.

4)  Fill the glass with ice. Strain the tea leaves and pour the tea into a glass and serve.

 

3) ICED CHAI TEA

Chai is the Hindu word for tea. The recipe was a royal secret in the ancient courts of India and Siam, and legend says that chai was invented by a king. The offering of a beverage to guests in one’s home is mandatory etiquette in the region. Chai, with its creamy texture and flavor, is the number one choice in India.

This recipe is a simple version, but tasteful and true in spirit to a spiced chai you might find in Southwest Asia. And it’s a lot cheaper than that found in most coffee bars.

Iced Chai Tea

INGREDIENTS:

1 cups water (fresh spring water)

1 heaping teaspoons of Darjeeling or Ceylon tea leaves (3-5 grams)

1 cup milk

1/12 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 clove, crushed

1/12 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/12 teaspoon ground ginger

1/12 cup sweetened condensed milk

 

PREPARATION:

1) In a medium-size saucepan, bring the water to a gentle boil. Add the tea leaves into the water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the milk, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. Increase the heat and bring to a full boil, being careful not to let the milk boil over.

2) Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof container. Stir in the condensed milk.

3) Let cool, then chill and serve over ice.

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