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.
Today I would like to discuss teapot strainers and tea infusers in a bit more depth. Specifically how they should have some depth to them in order to allow the tea leaves to unfurl, expand and impart all of their goodness to hot water. Let's discuss the different types of loose leaf tea strainers out there.
- Tea Infuser Ball - This type of infuser is good for brewing a single cup of tea. It keeps the tea leaves contained, but not allow them to expand and unfurl much. I find them a bit tricky to fill, so that takes some practice. Once you have it mastered though, this is a great way to steep tea.
- Teapot Strainer - We love this option for its versatility. It can sit inside the rim of our teapot or on the rim of a teacup. All you have to do is put it in place, fill with tea leaves, and then pour water into it. The tea leaves have a lot of room to expand and unfurl, plus the mesh is small enough that even rooibos tea is contained. Cleanup is a breeze too. Just rinse it out to remove the tea leaves and pop it in the dishwasher.
Whatever type of teapot strainer or tea infuser that you prefer, they are both great ways to enjoy loose leaf tea. Right now they are 20% off at American Tea Room, along with their teapots, matcha, and accessories. What is your favorite kind? Let us know in the comments below.