There is an art to tea brewing. You will extract immense pleasure and delight from any fine tea, if steeped with care. Below are the step-by step ritual for infusing hot tea before cooling and icing it.
Heat Your Water
- It all begins with the simple step of getting the right kind of water-the element that brings tea to its full potential. Fresh water yields a better cup. We recommend using filtered, spring or bottled water. Using mineral or tap water can significantly alter the taste and not produce the desired result.
- Fill your kettle with fresh, cold water and heat to a rolling boil. Do not over boil the water as it loses oxygen and alters the taste. If you are making a green or a white tea, then do not boil and stop short of the boiling point, to avoid over cooking the delicate teas.
- Brewed iced tea requires a double strength infusion (compared to hot tea). So use about two teaspoons of tea or herbal or fruit infusion or two tea bags tea bags per six-ounce cup. If using whole leaf tea, place in a grindstone tea infusing basket or a teapot.
Time Your Steeping
- Pour the water over the tea, cover if in a pot, and infuse to taste and then pour over ice. Different teas will take a slightly different time to infuse to full strength. Don't steep for too long as it can make the tea slightly bitter or acidic, experiment for the optimum steeping time.
Enjoy your homemade Iced Tea
- Remove the tea bag or infuser, or use a strainer for the leaves. Allow the tea to come to room temperature.
- Serve in an iced tea container and sweeten to your taste. Pour into an iced tea glass or cup served over ice. Enjoy a real and homemade iced tea and savor the flavor.