Recipe: Perfect Iced Tea and Recipes to serve with it!

Springtime is the perfect time to perfect your iced-tea making skills, and to try out a few recipes that use tea. The Spice and Tea Exchange offers some of the finest and exciting tea flavors and these tips will help make your iced tea sparkle.

Making the Perfect Iced Tea
The simplest way to make iced tea is probably the best! Start by bringing a small amount (1 cup) of water just to a boil (in the microwave oven is fine). Pouring the very hot water over about 6 tablespoons of tea leaves and 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda. This will form a concentrated brew (the baking soda will help minimize the acid or bitter-like taste from the naturally occurring tannins in the tea). Steep for about 15 minutes (more or less depending on your preference for tea flavor). Pour over 1 to 2 cups of ice and then add more water (about 4 cups for this recipe) to finish the tea.

Chef’s Notes
Tea will become cloudy if refrigerated while still warm. Add a little boiling water to clear up the cloudiness. The tannins can also cause cloudiness when the tea is brewed in hard water. If you know you have minerals in your water, use bottled or filtered water.

Variations
Depending on your tea blend, you can have all sorts of fun mixing up iced tea drinks.
Peach Iced Tea Bellinis. Using The Spice and Tea Exchange Peach Rooibus Tea I make a marvelous Bellini. Prepare the iced tea as above using TSTE Peach Rooibos tea. Fill a champagne flute about ¼ full with pureed peaches; fill to about half with the Peach Rooibos iced-tea and then top off with sparkling wine (or substitute sparkling water).

Chambord Berry White Iced Tea: This delicious elixir is made by using TSTE Berry WhiteTea for the initial concentrate, but then using sparkling water to finish. Add a drizzle of Chambord liqueur to each glass before serving.

Blood Orange Smoothie Sparkling Iced Tea: Just like the Chambord Berry White Iced Tea, this tea is prepare the same way, only substitute TSTE’s fabulous Blood Orange Smoothie tea Cointreau or Grand Marnier for the Chambord, and for a special festive note top off your tea with a splash of sparkling wine.

Culinary Recipes using Tea
Try these delicious recipes courtesy of our good friends at The Spice and Tea Exchange. Order your tea and use discount code “donna1” at check out and receive your 10% discount with your order!

Recipe: Coconut Oolong Tea Ice Cream
Makes 1 ½ Quarts

Ingredients
½ cup loose TSTE Coconut Oolong tea
12 teaspoons allspice
1 cup boiling water