Iced tea is the best thing in the world for quenching your thirst, and I have three iced teas I make that are, in my opinion, the best that you can make.
The first iced tea is made from a wonderful tea called PG Tips. It comes in pyramid-shaped tea bags that allow the water to flow through and lets the tea steep very nicely. I make this as an enhanced Sun Tea .
Regular Sun Tea is made by steeping tea for about an hour at a low temperature while letting the container sit in the sun to get a little heat.
My Sun Tea uses the same method of allowing it to sit in the sun but I start with hot tap water.
PG Tips Sun Tea
1 gallon of hot tap water
4 PG Tips black tea pyramid bags
2 cups of regular white sugar
Place the water in a clear glass iced tea container. Add the tea bags, put on the top of the container and let it steep for 1 hour in the sun. When the hour is up remove the tea bags and stir in the sugar. It will still be warm so the sugar will dissolve easily. Then place it in the refrigerator and let it chill. The warm tea can be poured over ice but it will melt the ice quickly and weaken the tea so it will not be as good. This is a bold flavored black tea which makes it wonderful as an iced tea.
Fresh Spearmint Tea
Fresh Spearmint Tea is one of the most refreshing drinks on the planet and it was taught to me by my father. It can be made by going to a farmers market and buying it or you can grow your own. Mint tea is a pretty sturdy plant and it grows well in most places where there is a reasonable amount of sun, water, and good soil.
2 gallons of water
3 handfuls of Spearmint Tea washed to remove and soil residue.
4 cups of regular white sugar.
Place the water in a large pot on the stove over high heat. Add the tea and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 15 minutes while occasionally pushing down the tea to make sure that all of it has a chance to be submerged in the boiling water. When boiling is done remove the pot from the heat and remove the tea. Stir in the sugar and allow it to cool enough that you can place it in containers in the refrigerator. Allow it to chill and then enjoy.
Earl Grey Iced Tea with Lime
Earl Grey Tea is an English tea with Oil of Bergamot added. This tea is something wonderful as an iced tea.
16 ounces of water
1 Earl Grey teabag
1 ½ tablespoons of Clover Honey
1 drop of lime juice.
Bring the water to a boil and then remove from the heat and place the teabag in the water and let steep for 10 minutes. The remove the teabag, add 1 drop of lime juice and stir in the honey. Then pour over ice and serve. I love the faint bitterness of the Oil of Bergamot and the single drop of lime juice pairs wonderfully with it and the honey.
These three iced teas are wonderful all the time with the mint tea being best in the summertime.