19 August, 2020
Spiced Iced Tea
My kitchen has a whole cupboard dedicated to tea and vessels from which to drink it. Sometimes, I get a box of something thinking it’s going to be the best thing ever, but then I make a cup and never want to see it ever again. Mostly, that happens with spice teas. You’d think that after repeating this process multiple times, I’d learn that I just don’t like hot spiced teas (except chai which is heaven), but no. I never learn.
Spiced tea is, however, really good as an iced tea. Celestial Seasonings makes two teas that you can throw in a gallon of water with little to no added sugar, three bags each, and have some really awesome iced tea in no time. Those are Bengal Spice and Cinnamon Apple Spice. I don’t have any on hand, but this blend is more or less what you’d get from Bengal Spice, so it’d probably be good if you wanted to sub the black tea from some apple cider later in the year.
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3 bags Cinnamon tea (or three sticks)
1 bag Ginger tea (or about an inch of fresh ginger, sliced)
1 bag Licorice tea (I don’t have a substitute for this one, unfortunately)
6 bags Black tea (I always use Red Rose because it’s like $2 for 100 bags)
1 gallon Water
1 cup Sugar (less if you don’t want it sweet; I wouldn’t recommend more than 1.5 cups total)
Using a small stock pot (or a really big saucepan if you have one, I suppose), bring a gallon of water to a near-boil, remove from the heat, and add in your sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and then add your tea bags. I drape the strings over the side and wedge them into the pot handle to keep the bags from drifting away. If you want to avoid potential runaways, you can just remove the strings and tags and float all the bags in the pot.
Steep your tea for 7-10 minutes (longer steeping for stronger tea). Scoop the bags out, gently squeeze them if you like your tea a little bitter (squeezing the bags releases the tannins in the leaves), and let the tea cool before pouring it into your pitcher. Refrigerate once the tea reaches room temperature, and enjoy iced! If you have a two-gallon pitcher, you can dilute this tea with a second gallon of water and it’s still quite good if you don’t mind weaker tea (more like what you’d get at the store).