Happy National Iced Tea Month!
Happy National Iced Tea Month! June is the perfect month to guzzle down your favorite iced tea, especially in Texas where the temperatures are creeping up near the triple digits. We are lucky to have quite a few local tea shops that supply our store with a wide range of selections. You can stop by and pick up a glass of iced tea to enjoy on our porch, or if you’re headed home, pick up some to brew at home.
According to our friends at Zhi Tea, you can choose between a hot or cool method. For the hot method, bring 7-8 cups of fresh cold water to a near boil in a pot. Measure the tea and scoop the loose leaf into the pot with the water. You’ll want to use 1.5 to 2 times the normal amount that you would use for hot tea. If you usually use 2 tsp per cup of hot tea, you’ll want to double that, with five cups equaling 10 tsp. For iced tea, use about 15-20 teaspoons of tea. steep for 3-5 minutes, then remove the tea. Let the tea cool and then pour over ice. If you want to sweeten the tea, do it while it’s still warm so the sugar will dissolve.
If the thought of boiling anything makes you cringe (air conditioning can only do so much), use the cool method. If you are going to brew it in the sun, use black tea. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of tea to a gallon sized jar. Cap loosely and place in the shade for 2 to 4 hours. When steeped, add the sweetener and/or lemon and a sprig of mint. You can also skip steeping in the tea and steep it in your fridge for 6-8 hours. According to Zhi Tea, herbal tea should always be prepared with boiling water, even when served cold.
We have quite a few teas that would make the most refreshing summer drink, and lucky for you, we have six of them on sale this week. Happy drinking!