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5 Easy Methods to Make Iced Tea With Tea Bags

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Nothing like a tall glass of refreshing iced tea cools off a hot summer day. Whether you prefer a creamy iced tea with a hint of vanilla or a spicy iced tea with tart lemons, iced tea is an easy-to-make drink that will enhance any tea party or backyard barbecue.

Making iced tea with tea bags is not only an easy method but also one that allows for a wide variety of flavors. You can create fruity iced teas that complement the decor of a delicious brunch, mix sweet teas that pair perfectly with savory southern dishes, or brew creamy, vanilla-flavored teas that are smooth and delicious. Discover how to choose suitable tea bags and prepare delicious iced tea that refreshes and invigorates.

Regular iced tea

 

Step 1: Prepare the tea.
Take 3 to 4 black tea bags for a standard iced tea infusion. You can use any black tea you love. Ceylon and Keemun teas are best, as they do not become cloudy when cooled.

Step 2: Heat the water
To prepare the iced tea, follow the same procedure as a regular hot teapot. Put 2 cups of water in a pot or pan on the stove. Bring water to a boil, turn off the heat and immediately add the black tea bags to the boiling water. Most black teas can be prepared with water temperatures between 200 and 212F. If you want to use a more delicate black tea like Darjeeling tea, heat the water to 180 or 190 F instead.

For the most accurate results, use a tea kettle with temperature control or measure the hot water temperature on the stove with a thermometer. Although not as temperature sensitive as green tea, some black teas can still develop an astringent taste if brewed too hot.

Step 3: Defrost
Let the tea bags steep for no more than 3 to 5 minutes. If you let the steep tea longer than 5 minutes, it will develop a bitter taste or become too strong. Steep for 3 minutes, tasting every 30 seconds to achieve the desired flavor.

Step 4: Add more water
After brewing, pour the tea into a pot and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes. When the tea reaches room temperature, add 2 cups of cold water to the pot. Stir and place in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.
Step 5: Serve and enjoy!
Once the tea is cold, fill the glasses with ice cubes to serve. If desired, add 1 cup of lemon juice to the tea to make it an Arnold Palmer, and garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves to make it pretty.

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