It’s tea time and it’s almost summertime…which means…it’s iced tea time. I still love my hot black tea with milk in the morning, even during heat waves in the summer. Often I have just one cup from my morning pot, head off to an exercise class, then consume the remaining tea “iced” later in the day.
American’s are in LOVE with iced tea. Over 80% of the tea consumed in America is iced. There are some really good ones out there or you can prepare a great one of your own.
If having iced tea on the run (ordering out), believe it or not, my favorite is Starbuck’s black iced tea…it is their Awake Tea by Tazo (Tazo is owned by Starbucks, fyi). They pour it back and forth over ice, then into your cup…it is fresh, brisk, and “watery cold” every time. It’s my idea of a fabulous tea product.
A few days ago, my daughter called to tell me just how much she loved her Jasmine Downey Pearls “iced” – this is one of my favorites too, has that subtle fragrance of jasmine that lifts you up with every sip.
One of my favorite urban tea houses, Tranquil Tea Lounge, serves impeccable iced tea. The tea maker steeps fresh, whole leafed tea of your choosing in an infuser, then delivers it to the table like this.
For our Memorial Day Holiday, we had the family over for a barbecue. My niece, S., baked up spectacular desserts…beautifully themed to the season. These paired well with my Kenilworth Ceylon iced tea…
Can’t resist showing you these luscious looking desserts – fresh from the oven – These washed down well with iced tea.
What tea is best for making iced tea? Any good quality tea can be iced. I am pleasantly surprised by how some teas which are just “so so” to my liking served hot, turn out to be delicious and fragrant cold. Black currant tea is one that comes to mind. I enjoy it hot, but love it cold. Peet’s Teas has a fruity black currant which ices well. A high quality Ceylon black tea, such as the one from Kenilworth tea plantations, makes a superior iced tea. Harney & Son’s, Adagio, and Mighty Leaf are a few purveyors who stock Kenilworth Ceylon. It’s smooth and crisp tasting. Also, Jasmine pearls ice beautifully. I usually add the ice just prior to serving. There is nothing more refreshing than adding a sprig of fresh mint to your iced tea too.
Experiment a bit, try icing some varieties you’ve not done before. Enjoy!