Freshly made ice tea made with tea leaves is so refreshing on a hot day and it can’t be compared to powdered ice tea.
As soon as the water comes to a boil remove from the heat. This allows the oxygen to remain in the water and give more flavour for the tea. Avoid placing ice tea in the refrigerator, as the tea will become cloudy.
4 tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose tea of your choice
2 – 3 fresh mint sprigs
2 – 3 tablespoons (25 – 40 ml) granulated sugar or to taste
1 qt (L) water
8 – 16 mint leaves and 8 lemon slices or wedges for garnish
1. Place tea bags or loose tea in large (2 qt or 2 L) teapot with mint sprigs, sugar and pour in boiling water just off the boil. Leave tea to steep about 10 minutes stirring tea several times.
2. Place a sieve over the china or glass pitcher and place a metal spoon in the jug to prevent the pitcher from breaking with the hot tea. Leave tea to cool slightly.
3. To serve, fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the warm tea over the cubes. Garnish each glass with mint leaves and lemon wedge or slice.
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