The Art of Ice Tea

The Art of Ice Tea

Enjoying your brew on the rocks.

Sometimes a hot drink just doesn't sound appetizing, but that's okay because there is always ice tea. All too often I see otherwise discerning tea drinkers settle for a subpar tea, thinking quality doesn't matter since they are serving it iced. This often results in weak or overly bitter, cloudy pitchers of tea.

You can use your favorite bag or looseleaf hot tea blends to make ice tea. Green teas make a light, refreshing cold drink while black teas make the more traditional ice tea. Even herbal and spiced teas work well. Don't settle for discount teas!


The quickest way to brew a pitcher is to place five teabags or 5 tbsp. of looseleaf tea in a pitcher then pour two cups of hot, almost boiling water over the tea. Let it steep for three to five minutes, then carefully remove the bags or strain out the tea leaves. Don't squeeze the bags, or you'll end up with cloudy ice tea. Top off the pitcher with two cups of cold water then serve it chilled or over ice.


Sun tea is a favorite in my house. Use the same amount of tea in a glass jar, but start with 4 cups of water. Let the tea steep outdoors in a sunny spot for a minimum of four and preferable six to eight hours. Remove the tea bags carefully and enjoy.


Special sun tea jars are also available. These have a spigot to serve the tea easily. You must still remove the bags, though, or the tea ends up bitter or cloudy.