Tammy’s Iced Tea Recipe
Iced tea is big in America and whilst you can buy ready made here, it’s not found so often in cafes.
What’s the most authentic way to make tea? I asked my Texan friend Tammy Lynn Kwan who is an amazing photographer, about how to make it. She explained that there are two options one with sugar and one without.
“I take a pot of water, bring it to a boil, drop in a couple of iced tea bags for a large pitcher of tea and let it steep for 5 or so minutes. Then pour it over ice in a large pitcher and top off with water.
For sweet tea, which is very popular in the South especially, I’d add a half a cup of sugar or so. Depending on how large the jug was.
Another way we’d make it was to put a couple tea bag in a gallon jar or covered jug and set it out in the sun for a few hours. We didn’t do that often, as we usually wanted tea right away!
After making either version, we’d store it in the fridge. We’d pour the tea over ice in a tall glass and enjoy. I prefer non-sweetened ice tea with a squeeze of lemon”.
Tammy uses a particular blend of iced tea bags not found over here, so this is my interpretation, I think it hits the spot!
- 2 teaspoons Whittards Robert Fortune Tea Use your favourite black tea
- 400 millilitres of boiling water
- Ice cubes
- Sugar to taste
- Place the tea in a heat proof jug and pour over 200 ml boiling water. Let it soak for 5 minutes.
- Add 200 ml cold water. Place in fridge to cool further.
- Add ice cubes to your glass – don’t stint on how many you use.
- Pour over your cooled tea, add slices of lemon. I found that sweetening was unnecessary with the ultra cool tea and lemon slices.
No more tea boredom
Bored with the same old tea, but don’t know where to start? I’ve certainly got my favourites, but it is always good to try something new. But where to start?
Whittard have a solution. Choose your favourite tea or teas, then select how often you’d like to receive a pack, for example every four weeks. I tried a sampling pack:
These useful little cards instruct on the best brewing technique – one or 2 teaspoons, how long to brew, but also give an insight into the tea, a recipe and tips.
You may never have thought about what temperature the water should be for your tea, but a cooler temperature can avoid bitter flavours.
Loose leaf teabags
I opened a small orange envelope without reading the description and was a little stumped at first as to what was inside. There were six little bags with drawstrings. Should you not have a teapot, these are your loose leaf tea bags.
In my pack, I received the Robert Fortune Blend, a black tea; Summer Pudding a flavoured black tea and a flavoured herbal infusion Strawberry Mint.
The Summer Pudding makes a beautiful afternoon brew. The suggestion is to serve cold, but I found it delightful hot.
The Strawberry Mint is a refreshing fruity blend you can imagine using it in a cocktail recipe.
The Robert Fortune Blend was perfect to make iced tea.