5 Refreshing Homemade Iced Tea Recipes to Beat the Heat
A refreshing glass of iced tea made from freshly brewed loose-leaf tea is a delicious and satisfying way to beat the summer heat, and it's easy too! You can use your leftover hot brewed tea and shake it up in a cocktail shaker. Here are five spontaneous gourmet iced-tea creations that we've recently concocted, and enjoyed immensely!
Tie Guan Yin Iced Tea
This iced tea was made with our current stock of Tie Guan Yin spring 2020. We brewed 10g in a 400ml French press twice. The first brew we drank hot. The second brew we let cool to near room temp and poured into the tumbler of ice along with a teaspoon of honey, and shook it 8x8 times ( it just feels right to count to eight!) then poured it into this Pilsner glass. The minimal honey combined with the tangy/roasted notes of Tie Guan Yin was extremely satisfying!
Traditional Hong Shui Oolong Iced Tea
Traditionally made Hong Shui Oolong leftover from a gongfu brew. Poured it into a lidded cup and stuck it in the fridge overnight. Filled a tumbler halfway with ice cubes and shook it 56 times. Voila! Gourmet beverages on a Sunday afternoon in Bamboo Mountain, Taiwan! Pssst... This is going to be Batch 58 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club! Shhh!
Pinglin Qing Xin Black Tea Iced and Shaken
Charcoal Roasted High Mountain Iced Tea
This iced tea was a charcoal roasted High Mountain Oolong that was originally prepared for the Lugu farmers’ Association Dong Ding Oolong Tea Competition, but ended up not being submitted. Rather, it was given to an elder master to be roasted three more times with Longan wood charcoal following the initial (multiple) roasting it had gone through for competition. So, Dong Ding Oolong Tea prepared for competition, but then charcoal roasted. We brewed it hot, chilled it, and shook it up in a tumbler with ice. The original strong caramelized, smoky character of tea was still very substantial in this iced version. Truly gourmet iced tea!
Eco-Farmed White Tea Iced and Shaken
This shaken iced tea is an Eco-Farmed White Tea gifted to us by our friend who makes our GABA Tea. 8g of leaf brewed grandpa style for 10 minutes or so then poured out into a tumbler of ice and shaken 8x7 times. White Tea is a whole different elixir — one we are very intrigued and by, but yet to fully understand. All we can say is that this was a scrumptiously tall pour of gourmet iced tea!
Iced Tea is Easy with a Cocktail Shaker!
All of the refreshing iced teas above were made using a simple cocktail shaker. Watch the video below to see how!
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