June is Iced Tea Month

June is Iced Tea Month

We are having a cool spring in Kingston, Ontario. And I am so ready to have a hot summer!! Are you? 

People seem to enjoy a nice cup of tea more on cold winter days. The tea business is better in cool and cold seasons here. I like hot tea and I own a tea shop. Winter is probably better for my job.

BUT: I like a hot summer!!

Here is an idea: for hot and warm summer days, why don't we enjoy cold tea more, as our neighbours do? I have learned that about 85% of the tea consumed in the U.S. is served cold or iced. 

So, since June is Iced Tea Month, let’s learn how to enjoy iced tea. Iced tea is refreshing and thirst quenching! If you prefer your tea less sweet than a ready-to-drink packaged one from a grocery store or you want no sugar, you can make it at home – it is very easy! (and QUICK!)
If you make hot tea already at home, all you need to add is ice cubes. 

HOW TO MAKE ICED TEA (Ice cube method) - makes 1 cup

  • Put 1tsp of tea leaves into a teapot. (Use 2tsp for Fruits Blend.)
  • Pour in 1/2 cup (4oz) of boiling water.
  • Steep for 4-5 minutes.
  • Fill your heat-resistant glass with ice cubes.
  • Strain the tea into the glass over the ice cubes.
  • Garnish with your favourite fruit such as lemon or lime, and sweeten it with simple syrup (optional).

Rule of thumb!
Make the tea double the strength of hot tea and pour over ice cubes. Top up with cold water to adjust. 

Which tea makes good Iced Tea?
You want to use tea has good body and strong flavour.
Here are my recommendations for Iced Tea---Click Here.

I will post my iced tea pictures and recipe experiments this month on Facebook and Instagram. Please share yours and tag me, too!

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