I like a simple, cool drink to haul about town with me, and when I'm bored of water a good cold tea is always welcome!
There are over eighteen-jillion ways to make cold tea, or iced tea, but this is a method I use for my own "lazy drinks." Come to think of it, I need to go boil up some water right now so I'll have tea to energize me during a busy day of cleaning!
|Look at these tiny ice cubes - actually called Cubettes! I got the tiny trays at|
Bed Bath & Beyond and I have been so delighted by them that my husband
considers them a worthy $2 investment.
Tea leaves or bags
Bring a small pot of water almost to a boil. Turn off the heat, and add two tea bags or use more leaves than usual, to brew a strong pot. Brew for as long as directed per your leaves (some leaves need longer, some shorter, to avoid bitter tannins).
Leave the tea to cool to room temperature; I like to make enough that it will last me two days or so, and just leave it on the back of the stove or in the fridge (right now I have no pitchers, so my options are limited!).
Note: I prefer to have a non-sweetened drink to gad about town with me, but if you like your tea sweetened I would suggest making a simple syrup of water and sugar, melted and cooled, and adding it to your tea to taste.
Note: If you wish, you can just add the tea leaves to a pot of cold water and let it sit for 45 minutes to steep without heating - this way you will really avoid releasing those bitter tannins we talked about. I often make the hot version in the morning though, because I'll have some with breakfast before it finishes steeping; so I get my hot tea and my cold tea from the same batch!