Summer's finally here!
What better combination can there be.....hot sunny afternoons in the garden and a lovely (cool) refreshing cuppa?
Whether you want to simply substitute your hot tea for some cool iced tea, or indulge in an afternoon iced-tea cocktail party (and cake, of course) for your friends, now's the time to start your preparation.....
To make a basic iced-tea:
- Make a brew of tea using 4 teabags and 4 cups of water (filtered water will give a far better taste). Allow the tea to steep for no more than 5 minutes, otherwise it may become bitter. You can use either traditional black tea, Earl Grey or lighter-tasting green tea.
- In a large jug place 1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of cold (filtered) water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour your brewed tea into the sugar/water mixture and stir. Adding the hot tea to the cold water helps prevent the finished drink from becoming cloudy.
- Allow to cool completely in the fridge be fore serving - then serve in glasses over ice.
- Sprigs of mint make an attractive garnish.
- Iced-tea can be further flavoured with fruits such as lemons, oranges, strawberries, peaches, mangos, cherries...in fact any fruit of your choosing, as well as honey, syrup, vanilla, herbs etc.....and, of course, alcohol!