By Tom Havran
A steaming cup of freshly-brewed tea is a warming delight for the cold winter season, but not nearly as crave-worthy as the weather warms. If tea is part of your daily ritual, don’t abandon it during spring and summer — turn your favorite brew into a cool and heavenly warm weather treat.
Below, a few of my favorite ways to enjoy tea during the spring and summer:
Basic iced tea
Black and green iced tea are wholesome and fortifying ways to quench thirst. For the best flavor, and to avoid cloudy iced tea, follow these tips:
- Use whole, loose leaf tea (not bags). Whole tea creates a robust flavor without the bitter tannins of the broken leaf in tea bags.
- Use filtered or distilled water to brew your tea. Avoid hard or treated tap water because any minerals or salts in the water can interfere with the natural flavor of the tea leaves.
- Use 1½ to 2 times the regular measure of tea leaves to compensate for the ice dilution.
- Sweeten the tea before you add the ice.
- Allow the tea to reach room temperature before adding the ice.