Quench your thirst with these easy iced tea recipes

If there’s one thing we Brits love it’s a good cup of tea; there’s few things better than a hot brew on a cold winter’s day.

But when the weather is warmer and the days longer, for many of us a hot cup of tea just won’t suffice. If you’re known to turn your back on your teapot in the summer months, these simple iced tea recipes are just what you need to shake things up.

You can still enjoy the refreshing taste of tea, but with a whole new twist – here’s three of our favourite recipes to get you started.

Classic Iced Tea

For the classic iced tea, it’s all about simplicity – this recipe needs only a few ingredients and is ready in about as much time as it takes to make a cuppa. Add a sprig of mint for extra freshness.

You’ll need

  • 8 black tea bags
  • Ice cubes
  • Sliced lemon
  • Sugar to taste

What to do

  1. In a saucepan, bring four cups of water to a boil and remove from heat. Add teabags and allow to steep for five minutes.
  1. Remove the teabags and pour the tea into a large jug. Add four cups of cold water and a dash of sugar to taste.
  1. Finish with ice cubes and sliced lemon.

Fruit Iced Tea

Now that you understand the basics of an iced tea recipe, it’s easy to make new and interesting flavour combinations. This fruit iced tea recipe is light, sweet and refreshing – perfect for a hot summer’s day. Replace the soda water with sparkling white wine for a grown up version of this delicious treat.

You’ll need

  • 8 fruit tea bags – berry flavours work especially well
  • Ice cubes
  • Soda water
  • Lemon slices or berries to garnish

What to do

  1. Add your teabags to a large teapot and pour over four cups of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for five to ten minutes for an extra strong brew. Remove the teabags and allow the tea to cool.
  2. Fill a glass with ice and pour in your tea mixture until the glass is half way full. Top it up with your soda water and give it a light stir.
  3. Garnish each cocktail with a lemon slice or a few berries and serve.

Southern Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is a summer staple in the southern United States and a favourite with all who try it – if you find the classic iced tea recipe a little too bitter for your tastes, then this will be right up your street.

You’ll need

  • 6 black tea bags
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar

What to do

  1. Place the tea bags and baking soda in a large bowl or measuring cup. Pour over 2 cups of boiling water. Cover and steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Carefully remove the tea bags without squeezing them.
  3. Pour the tea into a large pitcher and add the sugar slowly, stirring until dissolved.
  4. Add 6 cups of cold water and chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice.

Have you ever tried iced tea? Are you tempted to give it a go? Let us know in the comments below!

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