I am obsessed with tea. I drink it every single morning before work. I drink it when I need cheering and I drink it when I’m happy. And in recent years I even drink it when it’s hot out … because I have discovered iced tea!
I speak like it is some new invention. I know it’s not, and particularly not to Americans. I remember my first sip of unsweetened black iced tea – UCK! I hated it! I thought it tasted strange and unnatural. I was living in L.A. at the time and was before then only familiar with hot brewed tea, with milk. You know, English style? And don’t get me wrong, that will always be, in my opinion, the best way to drink tea – thank you very much. But iced tea is a thing, and it’s a thing I love. I don’t know what changed, but I adore iced tea now – particularly the unsweetened black kind!
In Australia the supermarket shelves are stock with very few iced teas, and they’re all loaded with sugar. So I’ve taken to making my own and keeping it in the fridge. To better help with this, my friends (who know me so, so well) bought me a stack of T2 tea and an iced tea infuser jug for my birthday recently. And so I’ve set about creating tea that I can still drink on very hot summer days and nights.
This past Sunday we had a BBQ and I made a Turkish Apple iced tea. I desperately wanted to try Spicyicecream’s Tipsy Peach Iced Tea. Oh wow, that combination speaks to me on every level! But I didn’t have spiced rum or Cointreau on hand.
So instead I went with this! Super easy, I simply followed the instructions that came with my jug, which meant half a litre of boiling water, half a litre of room temperature water, and 8 scoops of tea. I chilled it, added sliced apples, ice…. and perhaps a little vodka too. It was so refreshing! I think it would have been even better with some mint thrown in there.