I’m fickle when it comes to beverages. I likes ’em cold and I likes ’em hot. I like coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, fermented libations and distilled drops.
On a daily basis in winter time it’s mostly coffee for me, with the occasional tea in the afternoon. But when the weather starts to turn warm I start to defect from the coffee club and really get into my tea. Hot tea, luke warm tea and iced tea.
I guess that’s one of the things I like about tea (black no sugar, thanks) is that I don’t have to drink it before it gets cold for it to satisfy. I know some purists will disagree with me about that.
So as the temperature hits 30 today, yes 30 degrees, and it’s still Spring! not Summer, I’m starting my quest for the perfect iced tea.
Today it’s been Twinings Lemon and Ginger. Tomorrow I’m making my first batch of T2’s Pumping Pomegranate, followed later in the week by their Red Sunset (similar to PP but not as sweet).
All three of these teas are sweet naturally from fruit and flowers with no sugar added or required (sugar in tea is an abomination in my view anyway). As herbal or herbal and fruit blends they are caffeine free.
Steep for 8-10 minutes if you are going to dilute the hot tea with cold water and ice for a quick fix of icy goodness.
I like to make ‘sun’ tea by steeping for a couple of hours in the sun. I find it makes an even gentler brew.