Why make your own iced tea?
- Taste - just like hot tea, iced tea from loose leaf tea just tastes fresher and better
- Variety - you can make iced tea out of just about ANY kind of tea - you are not constrained by just black tea or green tea. You can use herbal tea, rooibos tea, fruit teas, and flavored green and black teas too!
- Cost - it is cheaper to brew your own loose leaf tea than to buy it in a store or from Starbucks
How do I make it?
Making loose leaf iced tea is very simple. It is almost exactly the same as brewing hot tea, except that you want to use twice the amount of loose leaf tea for iced tea than you would for hot tea. That means if you make your green tea with 1 tsp / cup of tea, you would make iced tea with 2 tsp / cup of the same tea.
Once you have brewed your tea, let it sit out until it cools a little. If you ice or refrigerate it right away, it may become cloudy. This will not affect the taste, but if you are serving it to guests, you want it to look as nice as possible.
So to review, for the perfect cup of iced tea:
- Measure your loose leaf tea into an infuser. Use twice as much for iced tea than you would for hot tea.
- Add your hot/boiling water (depending on what is recommended for brewing that tea)
- Brew your tea for the same amount of time recommended for making hot tea.
- Remove the loose leaf tea when finished brewing, and let the brewed tea sit until cooled.
- Refrigerate until cold, add ice, and serve!
It is that simple! Once the tea has been brewed, you can flavor it to your own taste. You can add lemon, sugar (add sugar when the water is still warm), lemonade, fruit concentrates, anything that you can think of! Experiment to find your perfect iced tea, and when you find it, EMAIL IT TO US and we will publish it on a special iced tea recipe page, credited to you!
What tea do I use for iced tea?
You can use any kind of tea, it is all up to your taste. Click Here to find a vast selection of loose leaf tea to make your own iced tea.
Watch our iced tea recipes on CTV Morning Live!
Brewing loose leaf Tease Tea is easy! All you need are four things:
1. Tea Infuser
A tea infuser keeps any tea leaves from floating freely in your cup while you drink. After all, you probably don’t want to be chewing on tea leaves while you drink! It also lets you stop steeping tea after a specified time. This keeps your tea from getting bitter.
When your tea is done steeping for the specified time on your package, simply remove the infuser and set it aside for a second steeping of tea.
Did you know that certain teas you can re-steep two or more times? Pretty much all of our blends except our black tea & caffeine free blends are just as good the first time when re-steeped!
2. Tea Mug
We suggest grabbing a mug that holds at least 8oz of water. Tea cups are pretty to look at, but are generally quite small which means a shorter tea drinking experience. Our 3 in 1 glass tumbler also has a tea strainer built in, which is perfect for making tea on the go.
3. Tea Kettle (Hot Water)
You will need a tea kettle to boil water. Traditional stovetop kettles are useful. Electric kettles boil water faster and more efficiently. Even a pot of boiled water will work just fine, but be careful!
4. Loose Leaf Tea
Now all you need is some Tease Tea. If you need to re-stock, shop here.
How to Make or Brew Hot Tease Tea: Instructions
1. Boil water.
2. While waiting for water to boil, add the appropriate amount of loose leaf tea to your tea infuser. Place the tea infuser inside your mug. Tip: Double the amount of tea you use when making iced tea
3. When the water reaches the desired temperature, pour it over the tea infuser into your mug. This will allow the water to circulate through the leaves.
4. Time your tea. Once the time is up, dunk the infuser a couple of times to circulate the water. Remove the infuser and set aside for a second steeping.
5. Serve in your favorite mug, or pour over ice for a satisfying iced tea. Tip: when resteeping your tea, add another minute to the steep time, this is because the tea needs longer to draw out the flavor.