|Moroccan Mint tea by Nicolas Mailfait.|
What makes iced tea different from regular cold tea? Traditionally, cold tea starts out as hot tea made in the standard way with about 1 teaspoon of tea leaves for every 6 to 8 ounces of water, and it is allowed to cool gradually to room temperature, when it is chilled further with the addition of ice. Iced tea starts out as hot tea, made double-strength with more tea leaves, and then simultaneously diluted and chilled by the addition of lots of ice.
Since physicians and health experts advise us all to drink plenty of fluids all year long, but especially during the summer, and tea (plain and unsweetened) is an almost-calorie-free, flavorful beverage that some believe is better for you than plain water (due to the antioxidants present in tea), it is a good idea to keep some iced tea in the fridge every day during the late spring, summer and warm days of fall, so that you can grab a nice cold glass of tea whenever you want.
For more information about making iced tea, herbal teas or tisanes, and recipes for mixed drinks that use iced tea, check out these articles:
"Iced Tea" recipe ca. 1887
“Iced tea punches and mocktails: variations on a theme.”
“Tea is not just for teatotallers!”
“Using tea in mixed drinks”
"The sweet Southern elixir is seeping into scores of recipes" by Andrea Weigl, Food & Wine Magazine.
"Algabar's Marie Antoinette Iced Tea" recipe
"Chai Milkshake" recipe
Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.