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sunny's picture

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I cant't stand those iced teas you add water to and stir.. I've seen recipes for iced teas before just can't seem to remember where... Does anyone have any great homemade iced tea recipe they would like to share? Thanks for you help....Sunny

Sandra_'s picture

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My sig other makes real, honest to
God Southern-style iced tea by boiling a small pot of water, adding three or more tea bags, letting them steep for about five minutes or so (until the tea is strong enough to stand up and fight for God, Queen and Country,) then stirs in about half a cup of sugar, fills the pot with ice water, and serves the tea over ice, with lemon and/or mint sprigs. Sorry the quantities are a little vague, but that's how its done around here -- by guess and by golly.

EM_'s picture

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If you don't want to dirty a pot or turn on the stove, just put the tea bags in a jug of water, cap it and let it sit in the sun for several hours...or all day. I use 3-4 family sized to a gallon of water when I make it this way. Add sugar or not, depending on whether you live in the north or south.

A favorite summer tea and a real thirst quencher....

3 tea bags (family size)

1 1/2 gallons water

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

3/4 cup pineapple juice

1 1/2 cups sugar (sounds like a lot, but it's good)

Boil 1 quart of the water, add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes or so. Add sugar and juices while water is hot. Add remaining water and stir. Serve iced with sprigs of mint, orange or lemon slices. The juices make this tea a bit cloudy if it sits for very long. It doesn't last long enough at our house for this to happen.

nihon_no_cook's picture

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Five minutes is nothing, honey! You want fightin' tea, talk to my mother, who makes her tea with 5 bags in two quarts of water, and leaves the bags in until the tea is gone. It gets so strong that by the last half-inch or so in the pan, you have to dilute it one-to-one with tap water to make it drinkable. If you can survive that, you can survive anything.

kai_'s picture

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Try to find a tea flavor you really love by itself, or one you love that goes well with an accent of sugar, or honey, or mint, or lemon, or...

My personal fave is roasted dandelion root--tastes somewhat like coffee, but earthier, somehow. Very sexy.

As for the prep, perhaps ask a tea expert; but I have had very good luck letting the roasted roots infuse in room temp (good, not tap) water (although I much prefer this tea when hot, or at least warm). I first learned about this when "sun tea" was the rage. Apparently, (Ingrid? You read this forum?) the heat of the water can accelerate(?) chemical(?) changes in the plant, which may or may not affect the taste or nutrient content.

I've recently been enjoying some wonderful jasmine Thai tea that I pour hot (well, near boiling, I guess--it comes out of one "faucet" of the coffee machines) water over (using a filter to keep the tea from floating away), flavored with lemon. One other favorite tea is a combo of green tea and brown rice (this is a packaged tea, but I bet a good imitation could be devised experimenting with roasting brown rice and your favorite fresh or dried tea leaves). Amazingly, the brown rice flavor is quite evident and positively close to food in terms of staving off hunger. It's great for meetings when you missed breakfast or lunch but will need nourishment!

best,
kai

Jean_'s picture

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My good friend makes a wonderful hot tea with grated ginger in a French coffee press. (I think thats what they are called) Anyway, I'll bet it would be wonderful iced too.

Rebecca's picture

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Kai, is your packaged green tea + brown rice labeled as such or does it have a "descriptive" but enenlightening name (like "Emerald Gardens" or "Health Twig Spice")? Do you have a favorite brand? I'd like to try some & have access to tons of tea. Thanks!

Rebecca's picture

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Apologies-not to the anti-appliance people but I use my electric ice-tea maker to make ice tea - 10 minutes start to finish and I can add sugar or lemon and use any kind or amount of tea bags I want. We like peppermint or apricot best. Yes, I'm lazy. I'd never make ice tea if I didn't use my little machine and ice tea is a great alternative to juice or soda for the kids.

Sandra_'s picture

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An electric ice tea maker? Really? I've never heard of that one! Does it make hot tea, too, or just the iced stuff?

kai_'s picture

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Hi Rebecca,

The brand is Eden, and the "green tea with brown rice" is called "Genmaicha" [organic tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) and organic brown rice"]. I also love their "Kukicha" ["organic tea twigs and leaves (Camellia sinensis)"] and tastes very much like roasted dandelion roots, but isn't nearly as good, although quite good in its own way. The health food stores sell these boxes of 16 tea bags for $4-5; I find them (from time to time) at a "close-out" store for $1.29. Because these are dried and well-packaged, the quality is excellent.

best,

kai

kai_'s picture

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Hi Jean,

I adore fresh ginger, and have *never* in my life thought of mixing that flavor with coffee! Thanks for the hint! It sounds exotic :)

best,

kai

Rebecca's picture

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Its called The Iced Tea Pot made by Mr. Coffee. I got it about 5 years ago, $15. It does take up counter space but I like it. A little larger than a coffe maker, w/a pitcher instead of coffee pot. It brews the tea hot and the tea runs through ice (so its much easier to use if you have an ice maker in your fridge). So it actually does make hot tea but the hot tea would prob. break the plastic pitcher. The box says it will make iced coffee, too. If you drink a lot of iced tea this would save a lot of time. I wonder if its still available.

Rebecca's picture

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Thanks, Kai!

Jean_'s picture

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Kai---She didn't mix it
b with
coffee, she made it
b in
the coffee maker thingy-dingy.! That combination does sound startling! Let us know if you are brave enough to try it!

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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There is no such thing.

jacki_gray's picture

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I put 6 Celestial Seasoning teabags(peach,any zinger) in 1 gallon of cold water and let steep a few hours. Then add 1 gallon apple juice.Presto ! Cheap Snapple !

Gerard's picture

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Have you never heard of sun tea?
put the bags in a jar of water and leave on a window ledge in the sun. It brews itself.
(Tell your guests the flies are georgia raisins.)

Never heard of iced tea til I came to the US.

the English can't make coffee and Americans can't make tea worth a darn.
Try Barry's Irish tea if you ever see it, real tea for real men. we want tea we want tea!

nihon_no_cook's picture

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Sounds like my mother's trick of sweetening plain tea with lemonade in the summertime, to cut down on the steps (no slicing the lemon wedge, no dipping sugar, etc.). No specific proportions, it is done on a glass-by-glass basis, to the taste of each individual. Surprisingly refreshing.