A Wrong Way to Ice the Tea  | Food  | Beverage
19.05.2008 

Thanks to the Chinese emperor, Shen Nung... If he hadn't been resting under a tea tree with a cauldron of simmering water next to him in his garden, it would maybe take a long time to discover tea for mankind.

It is 26C in Istanbul today. Sky is bright, and sea looks 'foggy'. It's gonna be hot the coming days. Global warming, huh? It will be rather 'global burning'!

Iced tea days are getting closer. And today I made the first iced tea of the season. Unfortunatelly it was not a perfect one I had ever done. In fact I'd never brewed such a muddy iced tea before! However I now know the reason. So I will let you know how to get over the problem I had with my iced tea this time.

I generally use flavoured black teas to make iced tea. My favorites are mango, caramel, and strawberry flavoured black teas. If you don't like using flavoured teas it is possible to make it with a kind of plain Ceylon tea or the best with Assam tea (an avarage type of Assam... or maybe blend of Assam). I'll give the recipe of basic iced tea with plain/unique teas later.

Today I used a kind of Robert's Coffee brand tea. They call it 'Island Blend'. It's a kind of black tea with the aroma mango, passion fruit, and apple, pieces of dried apple, rose petals, hibiscus, mallow, and marigold. As it is a very aromatic tea, you won't need any extra garnishing. However I wanted to add some acidity with a touch of citrus - lemon. It was a good idea at first, but it turned out bad in the end. Not with the taste but with the apperience.

Let me give the recipe, then tell you what was wrong.

my -wrongly- iced tea

Island Blend Iced Tea

approx. 2 pints

Ingredients

3 coffee spoons of Island Blend tea
1 cup boiled water
3-6 tbsp of granulated sugar
20 ice cubes
2 pints ( 1 litre) cold water
1 lemon (cut into 4 pieces)

Method

* Put tea in a teapot, add boiling water, steep for 5-6 min.s

* Meanwhile put ice cubes in a jug.

* Strain the brewed tea in a pot, add sugar (if you desire) and stir well.

* Pour tea into the jug onto the ice cubes. Add cold water, and lemon pieces.

* Chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours. (If you don't want too cold, you can serve as you prepare it.)

You will have a brownish, and rather bright jug of iced tea by this way. But as you see in the picture on top I had a very 'muddy', cloudy iced tea. Why? Because I sqeezed some lemon juice into the jug before adding the tea to give a 'stranger' taste for the first time in my life. And the result is this unpleasant view lol.

So I advise you not to squeeze lemon juice while preparing iced tea. Only add cut pieces of lemon. You will have a brighter liqueur by this way. Also another tip to make a good iced tea is to chill the hot brew as quick as possible. That's why we pour the hot brew onto ice cubes directly, and add cold water. If you let the hot tea to cool itself, it will become bitter in an unpleasant way.

Wishing a happy summer season to all Northerner citizens of the Earth!

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Banu Bingor
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Fatma ~ Welcome and thank you :) You can never be sure about the taste till you give a try yourself :) »»
fatma
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a very beautiful image I was very curious about the taste of »»
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