Iced Tea seems very English but is in fact fairly hard to come by here in the UK. I believe this is something of a tragedy, as if you want a lovely long non-alcoholic refreshing drink which isn’t too sweet, the choices seem to be limited. Possibly because we rarely have suitably hot weather, we don’t seem to cultivate such drinks and the ‘tea council’ or some such body like to propagate the notion that hot tea will cool you down on a hot day anyway! Whilst this may be theoretically true, I’ve never found it helpful in this regard.
So here are a couple of suggestions for Iced Tea with a bit of a twist.
Try and get hold of some Lady Grey tea bags. Twinnings supply it and it is readily available in supermarkets. Ideally the day before make a pot with about 3 tea bags and 800ml of boiled water in a teapot for preference or if not a large jug. After 5 minutes or so pour the tea into a large jug if not there already or remove the tea bags from the jug and leave to cool down and then chill in the fridge.
To make a hi-ball sized glass of tea you will need per glass: about 6 ice cubes, a quarter of the tea (200ml or so), 1 -2 tsp sugar, 100ml orange juice or cold water, a slice each of orange, lemon and cucumber cut in half and a sprig of mint. Combine, stir and sit back and sip.
800ml of tea should provide enough for 4 glasses.
Lady Grey has a lovely citrus-y flavour, enhanced by the orange slices if not by the orange juice and a very low tannin content which is desirable with iced tea I feel. The sugar quantities can be adjusted to taste.