Think there is only one way to make tea? I'm going to prove you wrong!
Recently, I have been loving Teapigs fruit and caffeine free tea, mainly because of it's strong but subtle taste; now that's an oxymoron if there ever was one! They use whole leaves to really infuse the flavour and it makes them ideal to use in homemade ice tea which can often be bland and tasteless.
I thought I would combine all my iced tea (and a hot one for the winter!) pictures and recipes into one post to give you all some tea-spiration!
Starting off with a classic and refreshing:
Lemon, Ginger + Mint Iced Tea
First of all, the night before, make up some lemon and mint infused ice cubes. Pour hot water into an ice cube tray (ensures the ice cubes stay clear!) and add mint, lemon verbena leaves and lemon zest. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
Now for the tea! Simply place a teapigs Lemon and Ginger tea temple in a glass/ jar and just cover with hot water. Wait at least 3 minutes for the flavours to infuse before removing the teabag and filling the glass 3/4 way up with ice cold water. Add a dash of elderflower or lemon cordial followed by your lemon and mint ice cubes and a slice of lemon. Enjoy by the pool ... or dreaming of the sun if it's raining outside ;)
Fruity Iced Tea
This 'recipe' is so simple that I can't even really call it that! Simply infuse a teapigs Superfruit tea bag in hot water (just covering it) for at least 3 minutes, remove the tea bag and finally fill up the glass with ice cold water, frozen grapes, cranberry raisins and plain ice cubes. The fruit normally gets left at the bottom of the glass and by that time it has collected all the delicious extra-fruity flavour!
Iced Tea Smoothie
Follow instructions as above but leave the Superfruit tea temple infusing in half a glass of water until it has completely cooled. Add half a glass of icecubes, a small frozen banana and a dash of milk (trust me!) and blend until smooth. Top with raisins and honey for a bit of added sweetness; I ate/drank mine with a spoon! As usual...
...and, for the winter months (or every month of the year in Scotland), we have the
Darjeeling Earl Grey Tea
Served with my homemade banana-ey carrot-ey cake-y bread!
How do you like your tea in the morning? Haha ;) What's your favourite flavour of tea? Have you tried Teapigs?