Summer favourite: fresh brew iced tea at home

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know how much I love tea, particularly enjoyed in my small collection of teacups from my grandmother. I love to drink all types of tea all year round (my favourites include English Breakfast, cherry green tea, and anything herbal before bed), and I especially love iced tea during the summer. We’ve had a few heat waves throughout this past month, so I was very excited to discover Harney & Sons’ fresh brew peach iced tea.

The box comes with 6 pre-portioned two-quart tea bags specifically made for iced tea, and the recipe is simple and easy to follow:

Harney’s fresh brew peach iced tea

  • Boil water and pour 2 cups over tea bag in a heat-safe jug;
  • Let steep for 15 minutes;
  • Add 6 cups of cold water to jug;
  • Gently squeeze tea bag and remove;
  • Serve over ice with garnishes of choice (citrus slices, fresh herbs like lavender, rosemary, or mint, etc.).

The best part about making your own iced tea at home is you get to control how much sweetener is added (I usually add a little honey), and it’s virtually customizable–any tea can be served iced. For example, last week I made an Arnold Palmer version by swapping out 2 of the 6 cups of water for lemonade. I added a few fresh mint leaves which made for an equally refreshing and delicious treat.

Mango iced tea

Another favourite variation is my version of mango iced tea:

  • Following the same steeping instructions as above, use 2 regular sized Orange Pekoe tea bags (or any black or green tea of choice);
  • Add 5 cups of cold water + 1 cup pure mango nectar to jug;
  • Gently squeeze tea bags and remove;
  • Serve over ice with garnishes of choice (I love adding a few sliced strawberries to my mango iced tea).

And of course, iced tea is best paired with a good book! I’m about to enjoy a glass with my next read, The Rules of Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane.

Happy reading (+ steeping)!

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