Quench your thirst and cool your body naturally by making your own iced tea. It is easy and tasty and sugar free! Serve it packed with fruit in an up-cycled glass jar for a raw look or in a fluted glass with fresh berries and a sprig of mint, lemon verbena or basil for a more sophisticated flair.
Dandelion Handcrafted Teas can be used and we also have a botanical range under our herb selection which will take any sunset drink to the next level.
Some pointers and ideas:
Make a concentrate of tea using half the water but double the amount of tea leaves. E.g. for 1 L of Chilled Brew, infuse 500ml of water with 4 teaspoons of tea. Boil water and pour over the strainer containing the leaves until this is just covered. Let it stand for half an hour or more to steep into a strong concentrate. Add 250ml cold water ( could be sparkling) and ice for a delicious, healthy and sugar-free chilled brew!
If you have time – you can do a cold brew. This means adding the tea to cold water and allowing it to infuse for at least 8 hours. With a cold brew you ensure no over steeping. This method also works well when you use green tea to make your chilled brew.
For the Sunset Vibes and Chilled Summer botanicals, steep 1-2 x tablespoons ( more if a stronger taste is needed) of herb mixture in 1L of cold water for 4hours. Strain and refrigerate. Serve chilled, or add a dash to sparkling water for an refreshing sparkle
Keeping it chilled – tip.
When it is hot, your drink needs to be ice cold! Ice cubes works great, but also dilutes the tea considerably causing a much weaker taste. Why not use any empty 500ml bottled water bottle, fill with water and freeze overnight. Now place the frozen bottle in your pitcher along with your tea. You not only get ice cold tea without the dilution, but are reusing that plastic bottle!
Dandelion Handcrafted Teas recommended for a chilled brew: Mzansi Summer, Chill Bill, Roseberry, Calming Chamomile and Buchu.
Botanical waters: Sunset Vibes, Chilling Summer