Recently the American Tea Room tweeted about making iced tea with fresh fruit slices in it. It sounded intriguing and I had all the ingredients handy, so I decided to give it a try. I choose to brew some Immortal Green loose tea.
After steeping, I poured the hot tea over some ice to cool it more quickly. I then added some cut up peach slices and poured a glass. It was good, but like sangria I figured a few hours of letting the flavors mesh would be better. So I popped it in the fridge, also adding some orange slices as well.
That evening I had a really great pitcher of iced tea. The addition of the peach and orange slices really enhanced the flavor of the green tea. Plus I rarely sweeten my tea, so it added a nice natural sweetness which was very refreshing.
I got the Immortal Green tea from the American Tea Room and the peaches and oranges from my local grocery store.
Do you ever add fresh fruit to your iced tea? I would love to hear about your favorite combinations in the comments below.
If you are traveling to Victoria, British Columbia this summer then you should definitely check out the afternoon tea at Butchart Gardens. This package includes entrance into Butchart Gardens and then afternoon tea at the Butchart home or Italian Gardens.
Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada and is privately owned by the Butchart family. Located on the island of Vancouver, it offers 55 acres of gardens to wander and explore.
Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens offers a number of loose teas to choose from as well as fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, scones, other sweets, and Devonshire cream. Book your tea tour before you go, to ensure your reservation for this unique afternoon tea experience. This tea tour is suitable for adults and families with children, as the gardens have a number of kid friendly activities, including a carousel. Stroller rental and Family Discovery Walk maps are available.
The weather has been so nice in Michigan for the last few days and iced tea has been a great way to get in my daily tea fix. I prefer to make mine with loose leaf tea, which means an extra step from using tea bags. It is definitely worth it and so very easy. I made a little video to show you how to make iced loose tea:
Basically I steep the tea in my tea pot first without an infuser basket and then I pour the tea over a strainer into a pitcher. Today I made a blend of Teavana's Sweet Amore and Plum Harvest. Unfortunately they are no longer making Plum Harvest, so I am going to have to substitute with something else when I use the last of mine. Sweet Fruit Garden Herbal Tea may work.
How do you make iced loose tea? Do you have a favorite type of iced tea? Please share in the comments below.
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