Homemade: Iced Tea

I’ve been making my own iced tea for over a year now. It happens to be easy, cheap, and awesome. A few friends have asked me about it from time to time, and I have given them the basics of my particular technique, so figured I should expand upon it a bit at some point.

I tend to make iced tea in 2 litre batches. For every 2 litres, I tend to use 8 tea bags worth of tea. Not all of these should be caffeinated. More than 5 bags of caffeinated tea tends to go from ‘good caffeine’ to ‘enough caffeine to cause your hands to shake’. Given that there are plenty of flavored decaffeinated teas around where I am, I tend to use 4 bags of caffeinated tea as a caffeine base (usually orange pekoe) and the other half as decaffeinated flavored tea as a flavoring base. If you don’t care about the caffeine, feel free to omit the orange pekoe base. It doesn’t really change the flavor.

Whichever tea bags you choose, let them steep for a few hours (I tend to do mine over night). When removing them, don’t squeeze the bags, as it tends to result in not so good flavoring in the iced tea. After steeping, I tend to add half a cup of sugar. From there, you can also add stuff like a tablespoon or two of lemon juice, lime juice, cut up fruit, or other additional flavoring. And that is it really. Simple, with plenty of varriation.

A few things I have experimented with and have NOT managed to do successfully:

  • use honey instead of sugar
  • Roobios tea for flavoring doesn’t seem to work out quite well for the ones I have tried.
  • Bluckcurrant tea as flavoring. One of the worst batches of iced tea I ever made.

My favorite recipes:

Orange Peach

  • 5 bags of mandarin orange flavored tea
  • 3 bags of ginger peach flavored tea
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Apple Pear

  • 5 bags of apple pear flavored tea
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • (Optional) Some apple slices

Lightly Lemon

  • 4 bags of orange pekoe tea (as a caffeine base)
  • 4 bags of lemon flavored tea
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Easy and delicious!