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Old 07-25-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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To get the best tasting cold tea do this:
simply toss a few tea bags (roughly one bag per 4 cups of water) into a pitcher and pour in the cold water.
Depending on how strong you like your tea, experiment with the timing. Generally, 8-12 hours will be the perfect steep time for a cold-brewed cup of tea. The following day you'll open the fridge to already chilled iced tea and you won't have had to heat up your kitchen to make it.
For extra flavor, try infusing some herbs or fruit with the tea as well, like plums, peaches, rosemary, or lemon basil.
To make sun tea, follow the same instructions; just let the tea steep in the sun on a window ledge or on the porch for a few hours before putting in the fridge.
Brewing iced tea with cold water is a great way to get the more subtle, true flavors that come about when heat isn't used.
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I avoid suntea, it encourages icky bacteria to grow in the tea and I am very sensitive to bad tea. I make it the old fashioned way on the stove, but I'll give your cold brew method a try, sounds so easy.

Another easy way to add an herbal flavor is add a few herbal teabags along with your regular ones. I especially like mint in my iced tea.

What tea brand do you use? I've experimented and I really do think Luzianne makes the best iced tea, although I like Twining's for hot tea.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:48 AM
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Another great way not to use the stove in the Summer!
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: John & Ken-ville
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I'll have to try that, I'm used to boiling water for iced tea.

I had a very nice pomegranate and sage infused iced tea once.

Was delicious!
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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What tea brand do you use? I've experimented and I really do think Luzianne makes the best iced tea, although I like Twining's for hot tea.
For everyday:I am really a big fan of Lipton Yellow Label loose tea.

Lipton Yellow Label Loose Tea, 32-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2): Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food

For a fancy threat: I appreciate Keemun, Assam, and Russian teas.
I always use loose leaves, those are whole leaves and taste different than tea fannings that have been proccessed from tea leaves into very tiny particles.
When drinking bagged tea, I can even taste the paper bag...
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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Thanks for the tips! I always add some kind of fruit so I can have flavor without sugar.

I do live in the South and iced tea is considered "table wine" Couple that with me being Chinese - tea is in my veins
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Could you guys post your favorite ice tea combinations?
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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Here you have nice combinations ready to use:
Loose Tea and Tea Blends Great for Iced Tea

You can add dry flakes of:
hibiscus and passion fruit,
hibiscus and orange blend
hibiscus, orange and mango
peach and mango
pomegranate and blood oranges
pomegranate and vanilla
green tea and spearmint with honey

or you can add chunks of fresh fruit
Fresh Fruit Iced Tea Recipes | Yummly
Iced Tea Sangria with Fresh Fruit Recipe at Epicurious.com
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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You can add dry flakes of:
hibiscus and passion fruit,
hibiscus and orange blend
hibiscus, orange and mango
peach and mango
pomegranate and blood oranges
pomegranate and vanilla
green tea and spearmint with honey
elnina, where in the world can I find these?!
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Try stores that sell loose teas, herbs, dried fruit
you can also order some here:
fruit tea
http://www.amazon.com/BEST-TEA-IN-TH...R19WRUBDK2CJ6O
http://stores.homestead.com/YJohnson...Categories.bok
http://www.espemporium.com/c-10-fruit-tea-blends.aspx
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