Story has it that iced tea first became popular in 1904 at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, when, on a blisteringly hot day, an enterprising English tea merchant, hoping to popularize teas from India and Ceylon, tried serving the tea cool and in glasses filled with ice. Hence the saying., "Put a cube in it."
The truth is that cold tea had been popular 100 years prior...
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Iced Tea Tips
Any tea can be made into an iced tea
black teas, green teas, herbal or tisanes. Our favorite method is "Cold Brewing" because it produces the best taste and requires only a few steps. It also eliminates the cloudiness present after some hot -brewed teas are chilled.
To make Cold Brewed Iced Tea
For most varieties of tea, you will double or triple the amount you usually use for preparing hot tea. Start with 2-3 teaspoons per six ounces of water. Combine cold water with the tea leaves in a large container and refrigerate overnight. Remove the leaves from the infusion and serve over ice. Sweeten to taste and garnish with lemon or mint.
Iced Tea Clouding
Different teas are more vulnerable to clouding. Assams clouded the most; followed by Ceylon and Darjeelings. China black and green teas do not cloud at all. If you buy yourself with a pitcher of cloudy tea, there is a remedy. Slowly add boiling water until the infusion clears.
More Tips... for Perfect Iced Tea:
- For iced black tea, orange pekoe is best. But you can make iced tea out of green, earl grey, herbals.. whatever your palette desires.
- For the absolute best results, use a glass or glazed pitcher that can handle having boiling water poured into it. Plastic and metal containers may be able to take the heat, but they often impart flavors that interfere with the best tea taste.
- Tie your teabags together so they'll be easier to remove from the pitcher.
- Fresh tea is the best tea. Don't try and hold it over in the refrigerator for days. Pour it out and make fresh.
- The amount of sugar suits your personal taste and your family or guests. However, you may like your tea more or less sweet and, if so, adjust the sugar accordingly.
- Make sure your tea is chilled before you serve it. If you add ice cubes to warm or even room temperature tea, they'll just melt and dilute the tea. Use ice cubes rather than chipped or crushed ice to keep the melting to a minimum.
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