Posted by: tasteindulgence | July 29, 2009

Iced Tea in the Summer

Few would argue that iced tea and summer go hand in hand. For many of us, the thought of indulging in a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day is one of life’s great joys. Whether sitting on a porch watching the sun set, or quenching your thirst as you work away in the afternoon heat, iced tea has been part of our culture for quite some time. In fact, people have been enjoying this refreshing summer drink for over a century.

Some say that iced tea has been mentioned in documents dating back to 1879, but it was probably the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904 where this magnificent drink really took off. As the story goes, an Englishman named Richard Blechynden was giving away samples of hot tea when he noticed the lines start to diminish as the temperature increased. It was then he had the idea to add ice to the hot tea to make it more refreshing for his patrons.

This new, cold drink was a huge hit, and the iced tea craze had begun. Whether or not this account is the absolute truth or not is anyone’s guess, but no one can deny the popularity of iced tea today.

These days you can enjoy iced tea in powdered form, in bottles, flavored, sweetened or unsweetened. But perhaps the best way to enjoy iced tea from a purely self indulgent point of view is to brew it yourself.

There are likely many opinions on how to brew iced tea, but here is one that is fairly simple and will give you the results you’re after.

1. Place 4-5 tea bags or about two teaspoons of loose tea leaves in a pitcher (use a glass pitcher for effect if you have one)
2. Bring 2 cups of cold water to a boil
3. Pour the boiling water directly over the tea and steep for 3-5 minutes
4. Remove tea bags or strain the leaves and then add 2 more cups of cold water
5. Serve over ice

You can add the sweetener of your choice at this point, then give it a stir and enjoy. Aside from old fashioned sugar, honey works well, as does the herb stevia for those of you who are a little more health conscious. You can also add a couple squeezes of fresh lemon or lime to brighten the flavor.
A good tip to keep in mind when you brew iced tea is to make it a little stronger than you would regular tea to compensate for the dilution of the ice.

Here at Taste Indulgence, we have a large selection of premium iced teas for you to choose from. You can choose from 12 very unique loose tea flavors, as well as a handful in tea bag form if that’s more your style. Either one will give you everything you need to brew yourself the perfect glass of iced tea. They can all be found on our Iced tea page. You’ll find delicious iced teas with names like “Passionate Blueberry,” “Sunshine Burst,” “Pomegranate Delight,” and “Fruit Tease.”

So many people are choosing to buy iced tea online nowadays, and Taste Indulgence is very proud of our selection and overall quality of iced teas.

If you really enjoy iced tea in the summer…and I mean really savour that feeling you get from sipping a glass of iced tea when the temperature is soaring, spoil yourself a little and give Taste Indulgence a try. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

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