Many people savor drinking iced tea, especially on a warm summer day. Iced tea can trace its' roots back to the
heat wave in the year 1904. A tea merchant by the name of Richard Blechynden decided to serve tea over some
ice during a St. Louis expo. It was so refreshing that people realized you could enjoy tea served cold instead of the
common hot methods. It quickly became a drink for all types of weather.
Iced tea can be sweetened by adding sugar. Many of the bottled iced teas you purchase already have these in
them for extra flavoring. Simply open the bottle and enjoy. It is a refreshing drink when the temperatures are rising.
Some of the popular flavors are peach, mango, strawberry, and raspberry iced tea. They can also be paired with
different kinds of drink like black caipirinha. You can drink these either decaffeinated or not for a little boost in
energy when you need it.
If you are more inclined to make your iced tea there are two methods to try. The first way is called the cold steeping
method. With this method, a dry tea leaf should be placed in a clean container that has the right amount of cold
water. It should be refrigerated for six or seven hours, then strained into a second clean container. Sugar and
lemon can be alternatively added to sweeten it up even more.
The second method of making iced tea is the hot steeping method. One favorite way of doing this is to double the
amount of dry tea leaves you would typically use for hot tea, infuse it for approximately 5 minutes, and then pour
over a full glass of ice. For the optimum results, let the tea cool down before pouring it over the ice. Alternatively
you can try to steep it for approximately 5 minutes in hot water, then pour into a container with a matching amount
of cold water. This method will dilute the strong tea flavor and help avoid clouding.
Iced tea can be mixed with lemonade or your favorite fruit juices to create a fruity flavored drink. Bear in mind that
by doing this you should make sure that the juice does not overwhelm the flavor of the tea, but complement it
instead. Experiment with the mixing ratios for the most desired results. Once you get it right you will be enjoying
your iced drink while soaking up the warm sun.