Although some may argue there is only one way to drink tea – sweet and iced – sometimes I like something different. Homemade gourmet iced tea is an affordable way to lift your spirits or show off your culinary skills to family and friends. Here are four of my favorite must try recipes.
If you are in the mood for something fruity try this citrus recipe with a twist.
Citrus Sweet Tea
2 whole cloves
1 family-size tea bag
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
Directions: Bring 3 cups water and cloves to a boil, reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add tea bag; steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bag and cloves. Add fruit juices and sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill for 1 hour; serve over crushed ice.
If you have a weakness for blackberries like I do, you’ll love this concoction with a hint of mint.
Blackberry Sweet Tea
3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
Pinch of baking soda
4 cups boiling water
2 family-size tea bags
2 1/2 cups cold water
Directions: Combine blackberries and sugar in large bowl; crush with wooden spoon; stir in mint and baking soda. Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Pour tea through a wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill 1 hour. Garnish: blackberries
I had this once in a restaurant in Phoenix of all places. When I got home I experimented until I came up with this.
Boston Iced Tea
1 gallon water
1 cup white sugar
15 tea bags
1 – (12 oz.) frozen concentrated cranberry juice
Directions: Heat water until boiling. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add teabags; let steep until desired strength is acquired. Stir in cranberry juice concentrate; allow to cool.
And now for something completely different…
Hong Kong Honey Milk Tea (makes one drink)
2 orange pekoe tea bags
1 cup boiling water
5 ice cubes
4 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk
3 teaspoons honey
Directions: Steep tea bags in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard bags, let cool. Combine ice cubes, sweetened condensed milk, and honey in a glass or cocktail shaker. Pour in the tea and mix well. (If the tea is still warm, the ice may melt; add more ice if desired.)
Note: A good strong-flavored tea is the key to making good milk tea.