Iced tea is my favorite Summery drink and it’s so cheap and easy to make there’s not really an excuse to spend lots of money on other drinks!

Fruity teas work the best for this, my current favorite is the T2 Strawberries and Cream. Absolutely delicious!

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

What you need:

  • Jug
  • Caster sugar (I use about half a cup for this size jug because James likes it really sweet)
  • Kettle
  • Loose leaf tea
  • Tea strainer-dunking-thingy-that-I-can’t-remember-the-name-of
  • Tongs

Fill up your kettle and boil it.

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

Make sure to store tea in an air tight container so it lasts longer.

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

For the size jug I’m using I needed two of the tea dunking things with around 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of tea in each.

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

You shouldn’t fill them too full otherwise the tea won’t have room to move around and you won’t get a full flavour.

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

Once the kettle boils add the plungers and the water to the jug.

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

You should be able to see the colour change very soon, use your tongs to give everything a stir.

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

Now herein lies a very important lesson… when you go to refill your glass jug with new tea after it’s been in the fridge for days don’t pour boiling water straight into it! Glass (especially crappy glass from a $2 store) can’t take sudden temperature changes and will crack. Then you will have super hot water all over your bench which is very irritating to clean up and also then you have to have an internal debate on whether it’s worth it to catch a tram all the way to the junk store and replace the jug to continue with the tutorial… it’s not pretty, it looks something like this in fact!

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

So after deciding you are too lazy to go buy a replacement jug and digging around under your bench to find a smaller one and remaking it all up to this point… leave everything to cool for around 10 minutes.

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

Then it’s time to add in your sugar. We like a huge amount of sugar (like probably 1/4 of a cup for the big glass jug above or 1/8th of a cup for the small pyrex one below) but the first time you make this I would suggest measuring and adding a bit at a time until you’ve got a flavour you like. Ours tastes kind of like un-set jelly XD

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Now stir it all together so the sugar dissolves and remove the tea strainers. Leave it out on the bench for a couple of hours until it’s room temperature then pop in the fridge over night. The next day you will have some pretty delicious tea ready and waiting to go 😀

Ice Tea Recipe/Tutorial

Do you guys have a favorite flavour of tea? I love strawberries and cream for the ice tea and at the moment my favorite hot tea is good old English Breakfast 😀