June 16, 2020
Iced tea is a refreshing and delicious way to stay hydrated on a summer afternoon. Once you've got the basic idea of how to cold brew tea, it's a lot of fun coming up with your own flavor combinations and twists.
A few general tips and pointers:
This is the recipe that first introduced me to iced tea (I'm not really a fan of the bottled stuff) but this recipe of the signature iced tea served at the Zealong Tea House in New Zealand turned me into an iced tea fan.
Remove the tea bags or leaves and add the juice of half a lemon. Serve on ice and garnish with a slice of lemon and sprig of mint.
It's so smooth and refreshing it doesn't need sweetening, but if you're a sweet tooth, stir in a spoonful of New Zealand honey.
Brew three to four bags of Lady Gatsby (Rose and Manuka) Zealong tea in a bottle of spring water (with a bit tipped out of the top) for about 10 hours in the fridge.
Slice limes and strawberries and pack in glasses with ice, pour over the cold brew and serve with mint.
Use the same recipe for an adult version by brewing the tea in a bottle of Rose first.
Add four bags of Sweet Amber (lemon and ginger) teabags to 1.5 liters of soda water.
Leave to brew in the fridge over night.
Serve over ice with a slices of lemon or orange.
Go on... add a dash of whisky if you want.
This one is so refreshing and light with a bit of sweetness from the basil and tang from the lime.
Brew 10 gm of Zealong Pure Oolong loose leaf in a liter of spring water over night.
Strain out leaves and serve over ice with a slice of lime and a sprig of basil.
I could drink this all afternoon and it also goes well with BBQ.
Brew four bags of Zealong Lady Gatsby (Rose, Cinnamon and Manuka) tea bags in 1.5 liters of tonic over night in the fridge.
Mix 2 portions of Gin with 5 parts of the tea tonic mix (or alter if desired to taste).
Serve over ice with a slice of lemon. It's as pretty as it is drinkable!
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