Although we have plenty of fans who are happy to drink hot tea year-round, isn't it nice to know that you can also enjoy your favorite beverage iced? In fact, June is National Iced Tea Month — according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A., 75 - 80 percent of the tea consumed in this country is iced. Since iced tea is a great alternative to all the sugar bombs you could be drinking out there, like soda, we think you should celebrate summer by toasting with your favorite Two Leaves tea on ice.
We asked our Facebook fans to tell us which Two Leaves tea they love to make iced, and the winner was our Alpine Berry Herbal Blend. Jasmine Petal Green came in second place, and third place was a tie between Organic Assam and Organic Tropical Green (this blogger's preferred pick). We wouldn't stop you from making iced tea with any of our teas, and if you want a unique iced tea experience, try steeping different flavors together, like Organic Tamayokucha Green and Organic Peppermint!
As for how you brew a glass of iced tea, follow these simple steps:
- Steep any of our teas in 6 oz of boiled water for 4 minutes or longer (depending on preference) in a heat resistant cup.
- Add sugar or honey at this point if desired.
- Fill the serving cup with ice.
- Pour steeped tea over the ice.
- Garnish with lemon, orange, lemon grass, mint or strawberry.
Want to make a full pitcher? Use one of our giant tea bags (yields a gallon), or five sachets for a half-gallon pitcher. Don't forget that when it comes to the water, a full boil is best for black and herbal teas, and only lightly bubbling for green and white teas — you don't want to overly "cook" those more delicate leaves.
And one more note: some of our teas, like our Assam, may cloud a bit once refrigerated. This doesn't affect the taste of the tea. It actually just speaks to the high-quality tannins in our tea.
What is your favorite Two Leaves tea to make iced?