Iced Tea or ice tea is a form of cold tea. Though usually served in a glass with ice.it can also refer to a tea that has been chilled or cooled. It may or may not be sweetened.
Iced tea is also a popular packaged drink. It can be mixed with flavored syrup, with common flavors including lemon, raspberry, lime, passion fruit, strawberry, peach and cherry. While most iced teas get their flavor from tea leave. Herbal leaves are also sometimes served cold and referred to as iced tea.
Iced tea is sometimes made by a particularly long steeping of tea leaves at lower temperature (one hour in the sun versus 5 minutes at 180-210 °F / 80-100 °C). Some people call this ‘sun tea’. In addition, sometimes it is also left to stand overnight in the refrigerator.
Today was a very hot day in Chennai. I had a strong desire to have iced tea. Mint lemon is my favourite. Added some ginger to spice up a little. Enjoyed cold ice tea with some masala peanuts in the evening. Trust me when I say that it was very delicious and refreshing:)
Mint leaves- 8 tbsps
Grated ginger- 1 tsp
Tea leaves- 1 tsp
Water- 6 cups
Sugar- 4-5 tsps or to taste
Lemon juice- 4-5 tsps
Ice cubes- as much as required
Mint leaves and lemon slices for garnish.
Wash and crush the mint leaves.
Add the mint leaves, grated ginger and sugar to 6 cups of water.
Let it boil. Once it starts boiling vigorously, add the teas leaves and take it off the gas.
Let it brew for few mins.
Strain the tea and let it cool. Add lemon juice and mix well.
Take 4 glasses and fill it with lot of ice. Pour the tea over the ice, garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices and serve it cold:)