ICED TEA ANYONE?

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Wow! If this hasn’t been the summer for iced tea, I don’t know what would be. Did you know, you can ice any of your favorite teas. It’s so easy: just make your tea a little stronger than you would for hot tea (i.e. add more tea, not steep longer). Pack your glass or pitcher with lots of ice, and pour the tea over it. A few stirs or shakes, and you have fresh tasting, icy cold heaven in a glass. Shown here is a caffeine-free Blueberry infusion made with organic Highland Farms Blueberries.

I know a lot of people who swear by sun tea. Sun tea is made by filling a container with water, adding your tea and letting it sit in the sun for a day or so. Although I have never heard of anyone becoming ill from drinking sun tea, this practice would harbor the growth of any bacteria present in the mixture. Perhaps a more hygienic way of producing the same result, an iced tea without bitterness or cloudiness, is making a cold steep tea. To do this, simply measure your tea or tea bags into a container, fill with cold water, and place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. By using cold water, the tea leaves do not produce the bitterness which steeping with hot water for such a long period would.

Our most popular iced tea this summer has been Moroccan Mint. This blend of Gunpowder Green Tea with Peppermint is flavorful and refreshing either hot or cold. But as an iced tea, it is just heavenly on a hot summer day. We would love to hear what your favorite iced tea is. Feel free to e-mail us and let us know.

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