Loose Tea Hot Method:
Bring 7-8 cups of fresh cold water to a near boil in a pot.
(For green tea, let water cool for a few minutes before proceeding).
Measure your tea and scoop the loose leaf into the pot with the water. Use 1.5-2 times the normal amount that you would use for a hot tea. Ex: One would normaly use 2 tsp per cup of hot tea and so five cups would be 10 tsp. So, for your iced tea, you should use 15-20 teaspoons of tea.
Steep for 3 - 5 minutes. Then, remove the tea.
Tea Filters are a great help! As are tongs ;)
Then, carefully pour hot tea over large glasses that are full of ice. Or, let tea cool at room temperature over time.
If you like, add sugar or sweetener (we like agave nectar best!), top with a lemon slice and/or a sprig of mint.
Hint: adding the sweetener to the tea when it is still hot is best for dissolving.
Makes about one half gallon of iced tea. Refrigerate within an hour after brewing.
Loose Tea Cool method:
If you prefer Sun Tea, black teas works best.
Add 1/2 to 1cup of tea to a gallon sized jar. Cap loosely and place in shade (no need for direct sun) for 2 to 4 hours. When steeped, add sweetener and/or lemon and a sprig of mint if desired. Pour into ice filled glasses.
Have you tried Cold Steeping! Repeat the above, but instead of leaving the tea outside, steep it in your fridge for 6-8 hours. You'll notice the difference! And it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!
*Note: Herbal tea should always be prepared with boiling water, even when served cold.