How to turn hot tea into iced tea
Serve up the refreshing taste of summer with Birchall’s homemade iced teas, using natural, delicious ingredients – these refreshing brews will be sure to keep you cool. A fabulous alternative to hot drinks in warm weather, we’ll show you how to easily switch your hot tea into a flavoursome iced tea. Iced tea can be served individually, on the go or in a jug or teapot to share, ideal as at a BBQ or picnic beverage.
Can you make iced tea without hot water?
Although some iced tea recipes call for cold water, we recommend you steep Birchall tea in the suggested water temperature for the recommended brew time. This will allow the tea to infuse and draw more flavour, to make a tastier iced tea.
What is the difference between a cold brew and an iced tea?
According to Tea Shelf, the difference between a cold brew and an iced tea is that “traditional iced tea is made by steeping tea leaves in hot water first. Once the tea is brewed it is served over ice or chilled in the refrigerator and then served cold.” Where cold brew skips a few steps, “it involves the only one step, i.e., steeping loose leaves in cold or room temperature water for a longer period of time.” (Tea Shelf, The difference between iced tea and a cold brew tea <www.theteashelf.com>)
How do I make iced tea at home?
It’s extremely simple to create iced tea from Birchall tea, whether you’re using our Prism Tea Bags or Loose Leaf tea. You can use any Birchall tea to make iced tea, below we’ve shared three of our classic iced tea recipes that you can try at home using Birchall’s Virunga Earl Grey tea, our Green tea and a Herbal, Red Berry tea.
Birchall’s homemade iced tea recipes:
Birchall Virunga Earl Grey & Ginger Iced Tea
The Birchall Virunga Earl Grey Ginger Zinger Iced Tea recipe will sizzle the taste buds and is the perfect complement to the sun. Made naturally light in sugar with the use of agave syrup, – instead of granulated sugar which is typically used in traditional American recipes .
- Birchall Virunga Earl Grey prism tea – 100ml
- Agave Syrup – 1 tsp
- Ginger Ale – 3 tbsp
- Orange Juice – 2 tbsp
- Lemon Juice – 1 Dash
- Orange cut in half – 1 Slice
- Ice Cubes
Infuse a Birchall Virunga Earl Grey prism teabag in freshly boiled water for 3 minutes and remove the bag. Stir through the agave syrup and leave to cool. Add the ginger ale, orange juice and lemon juice. Garnish with orange slices. Serve over ice.
Birchall Iced Green Tea & Melon Cooler
A perfect taste pairing; Birchall Green Tea and melon, delivered cold and refreshing. Birchall’s traditional Mao Feng Green Tea is known to cleanse, detoxify and restore natural balance.
- Birchall Green Tea prism tea – 150ml
- Melon Syrup – 1.5 tbsp
- Ice Cubes
- Sliced Melon to Garnish
Brew the Birchall Green Tea prism teabag in freshly boiled water for 2 minutes and leave to chill. Fill a glass with ice and add 10ml of melon syrup. Pour the tea over the ice. Stir well and garnish with a slice of melon.
Birchall Red Berry & Flower Iced Tea Delight
A herbal tea alternative; this caffeine-free, low in sugar cooler can be drank throughout the day:
- Birchall Red Berry & Flower Prism infusion – 80ml
- Lemonade – 80ml
- Ice Cubes
Take a Birchall Red Berry & Flower Prism Tea Bag and infuse in freshly boiled water for 3 minutes, remove the bag and chill. Fill a glass with ice, then half fill with the chilled infusion. Top up with some cool and fizzy soda water or lemonade. Please remember to dispose of your Birchall Prism™ Tea Bags via a food recycling bin as Birchall tea bags are 100% biodegradable – containing zero plastic. Find out more here.
View more Birchall ice tea recipes below:
- Birchall Peppermint & Apple Iced Tea
- Birchall Virguna Earl Grey & Lime Iced Tea
- Birchall Darjeeling & Peach Iced Tea