Friday, April 25, 2014

Perfectly Balanced Iced Tea!

Have you ever wanted to have a smooth, perfectly balanced iced tea, but it always ends up too strong or too weak? We have developed a way to make sure your tea comes out perfect, every time!

This recipe makes one tall glass of iced tea (16oz)

First, brew one cup (8oz) of hot tea. Everything about the preparation for the hot tea is normal except for the infusion time. You want to add the recommended infusion times for the first and second infusions together. For instance, for Yunnan Dian Hong, the recommended preparation is to use 1/2 tablespoon of tea leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water. The first infusion time is 3 minutes, and the second infusion time is 5 minutes. For iced tea, you would want to infuse 1/2 tablespoon of leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 8 minutes.

If you would like to sweeten your tea, you will want to add your sweetener after removing the infuser while the tea is still hot.

After you have your cup of double-strength hot tea, take a 16oz glass and fill it 2/3rds of the way with ice. After that, pour the 8 ounces of hot tea over the ice and stir it up. Make sure to add the ice and then quickly pour the tea in before the glass gets cold, as quick temperature changes can cause the glass to crack.

That's it! If you'd like your tea to be colder, you can add a couple more ice cubes, but I've generally found that 2/3rds of the cup of ice is sufficient. 


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