Top 5 Iced Teas to Make at Home
D. Gonzalez Ready for National Iced Tea Month...
Food and drinks become associated with many things, one of which can be the sensation of sun hitting bare skin -- and the accompanying urge to grab a jug and a couple of tea bags. Which is maybe the reason June has been designated as National Iced Tea Month. Why not.
While really good iced coffee usually requires equipment and a skill level we happily leave to the experts, iced tea is well suited to making at home. And even though sun tea can be problematic, ice tea brewed indoors can taste as good if you follow a few steps. The hardest part of the whole endeavor may be selecting which tea to brew. Going through the selection at L.A.'s tea shops, we found the herbal, the fruit-based, the trendy and the traditional. Turn the page for our top 5 teas for making iced tea at home.
5. Summer Time Bliss fruit tea from Bird Pick:
D. Gonzalez Summertime Bliss Tea from Bird Pick
Fruit and tea are often a good match. Yet many fruit teas fall flat because they contain very little real fruit. At tea shop mini-chain Bird Pick, fruit teas are composed with a base of dried fruit. The aptly named Summer Time Bliss is probably the most well-suited for iced tea, with bits of apple and grape for subtle sweetness, pineapple and orange peel for brightness, and rose hips and hibiscus to give it body and depth. With its deep crimson hue, it's reminiscent of another favorite warm-weather drink: sangria. Similarly, it's an excellent pairing with summer berries or stone fruit.
4. Fresh Mint Tea from your local farmers market:
D. Gonzalez Fresh Mint Tea
When the warm weather appears, so do the big bright bunches of fresh mint at farmers market stands throughout L.A. Although there are plenty of dried mint teas available, fresh tea mint has a smoother, rounder tea flavor. In other words, it doesn't taste like watered-down mouthwash. Mint tea has a light natural sweetness, but if you want a little more, try adding a mellow, local wildflower honey.
3. Chrysanthemum Tea from Ten Ren Tea:
D. Gonzalez Chrysanthemum Tea from Ten Ren Tea
As is often the case, there are items bought ready-made that are not only easy to make at home but also taste much better. Chilled chrysanthemum tea is a grab-and-go favorite at snack shops like Phoenix Food Boutique and is even sold by the jug at Asian markets. International tea purveyor Ten Ren sells high-quality, dried whole chrysanthemum flowers at its L.A. tea shops. Unlike many of the commercially prepared versions, which can have a slightly musky flavor, a sip of freshly brewed chrysanthemum iced tea is like taking a dip in the pool, sweet and soothing.
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