Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to take your tea with a refreshing, summery twist. Perfect for picnics, barbecues and days spent in the garden, here’s a selection of the best iced tea recipes around to keep you nice and cool over the summer months.
Lemon Iced Tea
Serves 10. Recipe via Good Housekeeping
- 4 tea bags
- 6 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 litre boiling water
- 3 litre still lemonade
- Mint sprigs
- Lemon slices
- In a large bowl, add tea bags and 6tbsp of caster sugar. Then add a litre of boiling water.
- Steep for 2 minutes, take the tea bags out then leave to cool completely.
- Fill a large jug with ice, pour in the tea then add 1.3 litre still lemonade.
- Garnish individual glasses with mint sprigs and lemon slices.
Pimm’s Iced Tea
Serves 4-6. Recipe via BBC Good Food.
- 4 tea bags
- 20g mint
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 large oranges, juiced, plus extra slices to serve
- 2 lemons, juiced, plus extra slices to serve
- 400ml Pimm’s No. 1
- Several strawberries, sliced
- Plenty of ice to serve
- In a large jug, add tea bags and half the mint. Then pour in 1.2 litre of boiling water.
- Leave to infuse for 10 minutes before removing the tea bags, stirring and adding the sugar.
- Once cool, remove the mint. Add orange juice, lemon juice and Pimm’s.
- Chill thoroughly- this can be made up to one day in advance.
- Serve over ice with slices of lemon, orange, strawberry and mint sprigs.
Raspberry and Mint Iced Tea
Serves 4. Recipe via Goodtoknow.co.uk.
- 500g raspberries
- 75g granulated sugar
- 2 mint sprigs
- Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tea bag
- Half lemon, sliced
- Ice to serve
- In a large bowl, crush raspberries and sugar together using a potato masher. Add the mint sprigs and bicarbonate of soda.
- Pour ½ litre of boiling water into a jug containing the tea bag and leave for 4-5 minutes before removing the tea bag.
- Pour the hot tea over the raspberries. Stir then leave to cool for 1 hour.
- Strain the mixture through muslin and into a sieve to make about 600ml of liquid then add 300ml cold water.
- Serve over ice with lemon slices and a sprig of mint.
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