There is something very British about tea in the summer time. A hot summer day always makes me think of tea on the lawn, with the best china and a plate of cucumber sandwiches. In the background there should be a cricket match going on, the murmur of the supporters mixed with the buzz of bees and birdsong. Tea time is very much an institution, a boiled kettle and a teapot solve a myriad of problems. The natives are rebelling, lets put the kettle on. Strangely a hot drink on a cold day does cool you down, but sometimes I just prefer a nice cold drink.
Iced Tea is much more of an American custom. I remember visiting America as a child and being fascinated by iced tea. Served in a high ball glass full of ice, it didn’t look anything like tea. We would sit in restaurants cooled by air conditioning. looking out across mountain views and drink iced tea. The glass full of ice chinked as we moved it and drunk in the citrus taste. It is a very thirst quenching drink, perfect for a hot summers day.
I wondered if I could recreate the taste at home, after all it is just tea chilled to perfection isn’t it? How hard could it be? I added some mint leaves and orange for a bit of flavour. This was the result, it was a bit darker than I thought it would be but once it had been chilled properly it tasted really nice and was very refreshing. I am going to have to experiment a bit more to create a lemon version. If anyone has any recipes please let me know.
>If you want to give it a try, this is the recipe.
Iced Tea Recipe