There's nothing like an ice-cold tea to cool down on a hot summer's day. Unlike the sickly-sweet iced teas you can buy from retailers, fresh brewed iced tea at home is something else entirely.
Start with a heat-resistant container and add 1 teaspoon of tea for every 250ml of water you'll be making.
Boil fresh, filtered water. There’s always a temptation to re-boil water that has been sat in the kettle, but pour this away and use fresh water from the tap or filtered water. Oxygen in the water helps to bring out the flavour of the tea, but boiling the water several times removes the oxygen and you get a flat tasting tea. If like us, you live in a hard-water area try to use filtered water for a smoother taste to the tea (your kettle will also thank you!).
Fill the container to the desired level and let is brew for 5-8 minutes or follow the brewing instructions on the pouch.
Filter out the leaves. We like to pour our tea through a sieve into bottle or another large container. Once filtered out, leave the tea to rest for a few hours and then transfer to a suitable bottle and pop it in the fridge to cool.
Add some sweetness while still hot. We like honey, but your can use sugar, agave or any other sweetener of your choice. Bear in mind that with a cold tea your taste buds won't pick up as much sweetness as if you are drinking hot tea, so make it slightly sweeter than you would normally.
Once cooled pour over ice and add some fruits or garnish. Sit back, sip and enjoy!
NOTE: For quick brewed iced tea you can pour the hot tea directly over ice, but try to use large pieces of ice if you can otherwise you'll end up with the tea being diluted and less flavoursome.