- 8 to 12 teaspoons loose tea of your choice
- 4 cups fresh, cold filtered water (don't use tap water that contains chlorine — it will ruin the taste)
- 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar, honey or your favorite sweetener (optional)
- Lots of ice
Place tea in a teapot with a strainer, a French press or any apparatus that can be used to strain out the tea after it steeps.
Bring water to a boil. If your tea blend is based on black tea, pour the water just from the boil over the tea and let it steep for 4 to 5 minutes. If your tea is a green, white or herbal blend, let the water cool for 1 to 2 minutes and then pour it over. Steep this mixture for 3 to 4 minutes. If you want a stronger flavored tea, increase the amount of tea, not the steeping time. Black, green and white teas will be become bitter if they steep too long.
If you want to sweeten your tea, now is the time to do it. Add sugar, honey or your favorite sweetener to the hot mixture to help it dissolve.
Have a pitcher filled with ice at the ready and pour the tea, through its strainer, directly over the ice. This will shock the tea and preserve its flavor.
Serve the tea in tall glasses over ice and drink “as is” or garnish with lemon, lime, fresh fruit or sprigs of fresh herbs.