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Spring Iced Tea
A simple sweet tea that is floral, fragrant and fresh. Very easy and quick to make in large batches, perfect as a welcome drink for a crowd.
This tea is all thanks to this beautiful tea queen Haiyatea. I have used her Matcha in my Matcha Latte recipe but todays recipe is an ode to one of my favourite teas, the Osmanthus Tieguanyin. It is a floral tea that is light on the palate and fragrant. You could certainly add more leaves to make it a little stronger but I prefer it milder in this case. When I drink it hot I prefer it stronger. This recipe is refreshing and cooling to say the least. The addition of lemon slices and mint leaves make for a zesty drink recipe.
I prefer making a large batch and having it through the day or even have it in the fridge for a couple of days but this does make it stronger with time so keep a track on how mild you would like to serve this iced tea. I’ve used maple syrup to sweeten the tea but you can use honey or even sugar here. I don’t prefer sweet teas hence I don’t use much here but you can use as much or little you like. The tea is garnished with a few green apple slices but I also like adding a few slices into the ice tea. You can use plums, pears or even fresh apricots.
Now I must suggest you keep the tea for at least 15-20 mins before serving as all the flavors marry into each other and it just tastes even better. You could use any tea you like but I would prefer sticking to a green tea or yellow tea as this is a milder iced tea recipe. If you are using a black tea bag then ensure to make a note on the flavor as it gets stronger in a little brewing time.
I would serve this iced tea with a cheeseboard and some cold cuts. But you could serve it with a quiche (check out my recipe for the Squash and stilton quiche here and the Kale quiche here). You can also serve this with some seafood, like a shrimp pasta, herb crusted salmon and poached haddock as well. Sautéed asparagus, potato salad or even some white sauce pasta would work here.
Now that we have covered how to make this recipe, let us get brewing. Happy Drinking Ninjas!
Spring Iced Tea
- Large jug
- 1 tbsp Tea leaves
- 1 cup Hot water
- 1 cup Cold water
- 10 Ice cubes
- 10 Mint leaves
- 5 Lemon slices
- 5 Green apple slices
- 2 tsp Maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- Skewered apple slices
- Add the tea leaves in a large jug. Pour over the hot water, cover and let it brew as per the packet instructions. The longer you brew it, the stronger the tea - obviously.
- Remove the cover and pour in the cold water. Add the rest of your ingredients and stir. Give it a taste and adjust if needed.
- Pour through a strainer in a glass. Serve with a few slices apples on a skewer.
- If you want the tea stronger, let it brew longer. You can even add more tea leaves if needed.
- You can use pear, plum, apricots in place of apples.