Thursday, August 9, 2012

Iced Tea

Hey, it's freaking hot outside. I've about had it! But, at least I can feel like I'm at a resort and make some amazing iced teas. I'm a southern gal and sweet tea is the standard, but I'm also a westerner at this point and I want some damn exotic flavors! So, here's my cure for what's ailing us this summer -- lots of awesome high flavor teas.

Thai Tea

2/3 c. thai tea leaves
1 2/3 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. evaporated milk (12 oz can)

Cook tea, strain, add sugar while hot and stir to evaporate. Let it cool and put it in the fridge. When you go to serve, fill 2 glasses with ice. Pour half the tea into one glass, half the tea into the other glass. Then, add half the can of evaporated milk on top of one glass then half on the other glass.

Chai Iced Tea
4 c. water
4 chai tea bags
6 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Boil water, add tea bags, steep 5 minutes. Remove bags. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Let cool. Pour into glass with ice and top with sweetened condensed milk

Iced Ginger Green Tea (I drink this year round-always have a pitcher in the fridge)
1 large node of ginger peeled
8 green tea bags
6 c. water
10 tablespoons sugar
(if you want, you can make this with mint sprigs steeped in it too)

Boil water with ginger node in it. Add tea bags and let steep off the heat for 5 minutes. Remove bags. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Let cool and put in fridge. 



  1. Southern sweet favorite drink. It still amazes me that the rest of the world hasn't figured out how to make sweet tea properly! At least McDonald's still has sweet tea..even up north. Maybe McDonald's sweet tea will be able to convert the rest of the country to sweet tea?

  2. I love iced tea so it is nice to have so many different flavors. I am going to have to try these since I am melting in this 116 degree weather.

  3. Feelin' like an alcoholic? In England, it's traditional to make Pimm's and Lemonade. I take it a step further by adding sweet tea and basically making a Pimm's Arnold Palmer. So darn good.