Many people use 'premix' to make ice teas. This is quite an unhealthy option as these premix contain less than 2% tea extract, and rest is sugar etc and also preservatives.
The best way to make ice is using normal tea leaves. All teas, particularly Black, Green, Oolong and Flavored teas can be used to make Ice teas. Fruit flavored teas go well as ice teas. We strongly recommend use of whole leaf organic teas to be used as the base in Ice tea to leverage the associated health benefits while relishing your favorite flavor.
Our following teas are quite popular for ice teas:
All the above teas are made from Organic Whole Leaf teas. All flavors are 100% natural as against 'nature-identical' and 'artificial'. All Herbs are in large-cut and naturally dried. These teas are available in 100 Gms, 50 Gms and 20 Pyramid teabag packs. The Whole Leaf teas require a lot of space for unfurling/expansion during brewing that the normal teabags don't allow. Therefore, we use pyramid shpaed teabags.
How to make Ice Teas?
Ice teas provide a good healthy substitute to various forms of colas and other carbonated drinks. The ice teas are prepared with a variety of fruit flavors, and are becoming increasingly popular and fashionable in the society.
Iced tea is a generic term for any tea that is consumed chilled. Usually iced tea is served with a slice of a citrus fruit, such as lemon or orange. Of late, the fruit is infused into the tea before packaging in the tea bags to make flavored iced tea. Another variant is to add fresh fruit pulp in the ice tea made of normal black or green teas.
To make iced tea, the tea should be brewed first. Ice teas require strong tea flavour. Therefore, you can add flavored or normal tea bags in 250 ml water. After brewing, the tea is poured into a glass or glazed pitcher that has been designed to cope with heat. Plastic and metal pitchers should be avoided as they can impart unwanted flavours to the tea. Usually sugar is added to iced tea, as chilled tea tends to taste bitter and astringent. This is because the tea is brewed for longer. You may add fruit pulp, prepared separately, as per your taste.
The tea should be allowed to cool completely while in the pitcher. After cooling, the container should be refrigerated for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Iced tea should be served completely chilled. Ice cubes should be added as required. A slice of citrus fruit, such as lemon or orance can be added to improve the taste, or for garnishing.
You should use full leaf green or black tea as the base, with or without any fruit flavoring. These leaves have higher degree of anti-oxidant properties and good aroma.