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Aug 28, 2007 05:40 AM

iced tea recipe

I just got back from two weeks of vacationing in the USA, and fell in love with UNSWEETENED ICED TEA....Unsweetened iced tea is not served at our major cafes in Toronto (unfortunately)....
Anyways, since i can't buy it, i figured i'll make my own and keep it in the fridge. Any recommendations on how to make a nice (non-bitter) iced tea? Tea brands also would be appreciated. I drink orange pekoe. And, i have never used loose tea, usally bags.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Here's a link to a recipe which is quite similar to the iced tea I make:

    NB: Remove the tea bags from the brew before you store in the fridge.

    1. For summertime fruity iced teas, I usually make "sun tea" - put a bunch of tea bags in a pitcher of water, place outside in the sun until nice and dark. This summer I've done mostly peach but have also done passionfruit, pomegranate, and berry. Makes the 'unsweetness' a little nice. Great with fresh mint, too!

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      1. re: laurendlewis
        You'll find some nice blends for iced tea as well as a neat brewer that Bodum makes.

      2. Well it's nothing fancy, but we love Red Rose (cut the paper tags off the strings) and 11 bags to 1 gal of cold (filtered) water, Sit in the sun for a few hours until the desired color. Then refrigerate. We serve with lemon and or fruit like a slice of peach or nectarine in a tall thin glass with ice and straws. If I could find those clear dark green ice tea glasses with the little knobbed clear glass feet my mom used to serve them in, I'd pay any amount of money. Takes me back, but its the same tea.

        1. I also love good iced tea, which can be difficult to find in the Northeast. Many places bring you iced tea in a can or iced tea made from a powder (yuck). I also like to do the sun tea and you can use any kind of tea you like. I found a sun tea gallon jar with a spigot on the bottom at Target. Once the tea is made, you can store it in the frig and pour from the spigot. As an FYI: I don't know if you have Chic-Fil-A up there, but they have great iced tea and they also sell it by the gallon if you are feeling lazy and don't want to make it yourself.

          1. My iced tea gets lots of compliments. No bitterness, and it's perfectly clear -- no cloudiness. My tips: In a quart-sized jug, brew 6 tea bags for 15 minutes in 2 cups boiling water with a pinch of baking soda. Remove the tea bags -- do not squeeze them -- and discard. Sweeten if desired, then add 6 cups room temp water, stir, and chill. As for the tea bags, I'm not brand loyal, but I've been using 4 bags of Trader Joe's Irish blend with 2 bags of the TJ Mango black tea.

            The two keys to eliminating bitterness seem to be the pinch of baking soda and not squeezing the tea bags. Good luck!

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            1. re: osmom

              I brew good quality black tea that I get from and this is their own reco. for how to make a wonderful glass of tea that answers the questions, "Why brew loose tea rather than bags?" My personal favorite is their peach black tea but they have something called summer blend that I want to order.