Iced Tea is such an American Drink. And the best part is that almost every household has it’s own recipe to it. I don’t have a family recipe but yes I do follow my heart and this is my take on the humble Iced Tea. Well, one take…since it can be flavored in countless ways.
Spring was a sudden onset and it seems that summer is already knocking the door. It was so hot last night. Ours is a corner house so gets really hot during the later half of the day. Almost roasted. This was the first thing I whipped in the morning and kept for the whole day. The best part is that you can make a thick portion and keep diluting the whole day. Also, you can lighten it up by adding more water, or keep it more intense by not diluting it too much. Another fun way to drink it is to mix with club soda and have a sizzling drink. I haven’t sweetened it at all. But be my guest and sweeten it if you wish with either sugar or honey. An unbeatable refreshingly simple drink to make at home.
Black Tea : 2 bags or 2 tsp
Water : 4 cups
Lemon : 1, sliced thin
Lemon Juice : 1 tbsp
Ginger juice : 1/2 tsp. use fresh ginger since old ginger gets bitter. Grate the ginger and squeeze juice out of it by putting it in a sieve and pressing with the back of a spoon.
*More water to dilute later.
- Boil the tea leaves or bags with 4 cups of water for 2 minutes. Switch it off. Cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes till it comes to the room temperature.
Strain the tea water in a carafe/jug/bottle. Add lemon juice and ginger juice. Add sliced lemon too. Add 1 cup of ice cubes. Fill the water jug/carafe/bottle with water. Store in refrigerator or keep outside.
When you want to drink some, fill up a glass with some ice, add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of prepared tea. Fill the rest with water or club soda. You can adjust the intensity with the amount of prepared portion you pour in your glass.
If you like sweet, you may add sugar or honey. Or use ginger ale or sprite. I don’t add anything. Plain water and ice does the magic for me.
Disclaimer : Iced Tea is an acquired taste. Start with drinking the lighter versions first and then if you wish, increase the intensity. Lighter is diluting it more.