3 Classic Iced Tea Recipes
Warm weather means pitchers and pitchers of delicious, fresh-brewed iced tea. All of our teas are great over ice (or tea ice cubes), but sometimes we crave the classics like a pure black tea with a bit of sweetener, or an Arnold Palmer iced tea with lemonade.
Below we share three classic iced tea recipes inspired by different tea-drinking cultures around the world. You might also want to check out the super-trendy cold brew tea method. Here’s to a delicious iced tea season ahead!
Classic Arnold Palmer
1 cup water
4 teaspoons Mokalbari Estate Black Tea
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups ice
3 sprigs mint
Bring the water to 190 degrees. Pour it over the black tea and steep for 3 minutes. Strain the tea leaves and stir in the sugar and lemon juice. Add one cup ice and stir. Muddle the leaves from one mint sprig and divide between two tall glasses. Split the remaining ice between each glass. Pour the tea into the glasses. Add a mint sprig to each as a flavorful garnish.
Note: For a stronger citrus flavor, use our 50-50 Delight Black Tea instead! Or try our Jasmine Green Tea Lemonade for a floral twist!
Classic Iced Chai Latte
1 cup water
1 cup milk, almond milk or coconut milk
4 tbsp. Tulsi Chai Black Tea
1 tbsp. dark honey, plus more for topping
2 cups ice
Bring the water and milk to a simmer in a double boiler. Stir in the chai. Simmer for eight to ten minutes. Add the honey. Strain tea into a blender, add ice and blend until smooth. Divide into two large glasses and top with a drizzle of dark honey.
Japanese Ice Brew
2 tsp. per cup of melted ice: Sencha Organic Green Tea or Gyokuro Green Tea
‘Ice brewing’ is a method of making ice tea from just-melted water. It’s ideal for Japanese green teas because it brings out their smooth, sweet, umami-rich side so easily.
To make an ice brew, fill a medium-sized wire mesh strainer (about four inches in diameter) with tea leaves, place the strainer over a pitcher and put ice on top of the tea leaves. Periodically add ice over the course of several hours. Drink whenever you like, adding ice to the brew or to the strainer as desired. No sweetener required!