How to Make Iced Tea

For a refreshingly delicious easy iced tea that packs a flavour punch, look no further…

What’s Iced Tea and How Does It Differ to Cold Brew Tea?

Iced tea is brewed in the same way as traditional tea, then cooled over ice. Cold brew tea differs in that there’s minimal exposure to heat; instead time is used to extract the tea’s flavours. Fancy experimenting with cold brew tea too? Check out our Cold Brew Tea page.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Iced Tea

Loose leaf tea

2 teaspoons loose tea

Add freshly boiled water

Add 100ml freshly boiled water

Top up with ice

Top with ice

Garnish with fruit

Fruit or mint to garnish

  • Add the loose tea to a refillable teabag or an infuser and place in a cup or heat-resistant glass.
  • Pour over freshly boiled water (for less processed teas like green, white or yellow, use water closer to 80°C) and leave for 15 minutes. Remove the teabag/infuser.
  • Top up with plenty of ice.
  • Garnish with fruit and sprigs of mint if desired.

Recipe: Totally Tropical Iced Tea

Choco Rooibos

INGREDIENTS

4 heaped tsp Coconut Truffle Loose Tea

400ml freshly boiled water

1 tbsp sugar

Ice

500ml pineapple juice

100ml coconut water

Pineapple to garnish (optional)

METHOD

Infuse the tea in freshly boiled water for 5 minutes, then strain into a measuring jug.

Stir in the sugar until fully dissolved.

Half-fill a large pitcher with ice.

Pour over the tea mixture, pineapple juice and coconut water and stir.

Serve in chilled glasses, topped with pineapple pieces.

A Note from Our Tea Expert

“I’d recommend using loose tea rather than teabags to make iced tea. Cold dampens the tea's natural flavours, so it’s important to create a stronger brew than you would with a traditional cuppa. A lot of people counter this by adding sugar, but I think a longer brewing time can be equally effective. Teabags are specifically designed to brew quickly, so extending the time will make them taste bitter, whereas loose tea is designed to brew more slowly and gently, making it the perfect choice for iced tea.”

Linda, Tea Buyer