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#1 heidih

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:00 PM

Here is the 2012 topic. 

 

It is over 80 degrees today and my tea supply was low. I brewed some English Breakfast and poured it over a handful of kumquats from my tree. The kumquats were cut almost in half. It smells nice. I am looking forward to it when chilled. 

 

Anyone else playing with iced tea yet?



#2 Jason Perlow

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:56 PM

As we live in Florida now, we drink it all the time. We typically buy the basic Publix or Luzianne decaf black tea for iced tea prep (big bags) and add fresh mint and other things. This week we tried lemon balm from our garden. Nice.
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#3 John Delaney

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:27 PM

Yes, I had some loose leaf Earl Grey iced tea today.  I also plan to have some Ceylon tea later on as well.  In fact, I used some White Tea last month that worked out pretty well also.



#4 Katie Meadow

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:54 AM

Here is the 2012 topic. 

 

It is over 80 degrees today and my tea supply was low. I brewed some English Breakfast and poured it over a handful of kumquats from my tree. The kumquats were cut almost in half. It smells nice. I am looking forward to it when chilled. 

 

Anyone else playing with iced tea yet?

No one plays with ice tea here in the south. Sweet tea is like a religion married to a survival technique. I'm in North Carolina this week, where sweet tea rules. It is often just sitting around in a giant pitcher at room temp, and some people add ice and it seems some don't. If you are lucky you get some mint in it. And I think it is usually Liptons. However we stayed at a B & B last night owned by a transplant from the south of France and her sweet tea was just perfect: at least half the sugar that is typical for the area. Delicious. She also made us local rabbit for dinner, and a pear almond tarte tatin. Knockout.



#5 sadistick

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:22 AM

Is there any special process to making iced tea, besides the cooling part?

 

I want to play around with it this summer (dont always have to enjoy a cocktail on a hot day!) and want to get a good ground basics first.


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#6 Naftal

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:28 PM

Is there any special process to making iced tea, besides the cooling part?

 

I want to play around with it this summer (dont always have to enjoy a cocktail on a hot day!) and want to get a good ground basics first.

Hello- Since melting ice dilutes the tea, and thus effects the flavor, it is a good idea to begin with more tea than you usually use.I think the rule is to use twice the usual amount, but you can change that if it is too strong/weak.


Edited by Naftal, 09 May 2013 - 01:32 PM.

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#7 heidih

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:30 AM

I steeped a fistful of lemon verbena leaves from my little plant in hot water for 15 minutes. Smells fabulous and has a nice floral & lemony taste. It calls out to be served in pretty clear glasses for sipping.

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#8 Plantes Vertes

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:47 PM

Is there any special process to making iced tea, besides the cooling part?

 

I want to play around with it this summer (dont always have to enjoy a cocktail on a hot day!) and want to get a good ground basics first.

 

I've read that it can be made by steeping in the sun, rather than using hot water, but I'm on the wrong continent  either to try it out or to pontificate on the niceties of iced tea tradition.

 

Anyhow, I like to make peach iced tea with lemon grass.

 

ETA and also to make it super-strong and then add sparkling water.


Edited by Plantes Vertes, 19 May 2013 - 03:50 PM.