After quite a few tries at getting the measurements just right for this Fruity Ice Tea, I have come up with a mixture that tastes very nice. It’s got just a light touch of sugar, making it a refreshing thirst quencher that you don’t have to feel guilty about drinking often.
It’s made using a combination of herbal fruit tea and regular black tea, and has a very noticeable fruit flavour. I’ve been using this Fruit Tea Sampler by Celestial Seasonings, selecting a different fruit for every jug. (Blueberry and Cherry are my favourite, but they’re all good). If you can’t find this exact type of tea any fruit herbal tea would be good in this.
I know an ice tea recipe is pretty basic, but I wanted to post it here rather than guess at the ratio of ingredients every time I make some. This mixture tastes good to me and it just might be the perfect one for you too, but play around with it until you get your exact mix. You might like more sugar than the 2 1/2 tablespoons I use or you might like a stronger flavour, so could add a second orange pekoe tea bag.
Whatever you come up with to suit your particular tastes is great because having a nice cold pitcher of this ready in the fridge when things get hot is really quite pleasant.
7 cups water, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 2 fruit herbal tea bags, 1 regular black tea bag, squeeze of lime or lemon (optional).
Measure sugar into a cup. Boil your kettle and add 4 cups of boiling water to 2 herbal fruit teabags and 1 orange pekoe teabag. Fill the cup with the sugar in it with boiling water and stir to dissolve (this just makes the sugar much easier and quicker to dissolve). Let the tea steep … I let mine sit for about half an hour but 10 minutes should be fine too. Pour the tea, sugar water, and 2 cups of cold water into a jug and add a squeeze of lime juice. Stir and serve over ice. Store in the fridge … it keeps well for several days.
Thanks for dropping over. Hope you have a great weekend!
[Thrifted Finds in these pictures : The jug was found during this shopping trip, and the napkin was thrifted by my parents, discussed here. The vintage resin and seashell tray is something I got off ebay.]