Drinking ice tea can be a refreshing experience on any hot summer day. Not to mention, it’s refreshing without the added sugar. Have you ever gone out to buy ice tea and found that it was too sugary for your liking? The good news is that there are many different ice tea makers available on the market! You’ll be able to make your own iced tea with the perfect amount of sweetness (or lack thereof) in no time at all. So, if you want to start drinking healthier this summer, here are some of the best iced tea makers out there for you!
How many tea bags do you use in an iced tea maker?
One tea bag per 8 oz of water is the standard, but it depends on the brand of tea too.
Generally, one tea bag will work just fine for most iced teas. Experiment to find your perfect strength! Do note that most manufacturers recommend less tea for stronger blends like black teas and more for lighter blends like green and white teas.
What kind of tea do you use in an iced tea maker?
The best tea for an iced tea maker is one with a strong flavor. This will contrast well with the flavor of ice, even though it often tastes like watered down iced tea.
The reason you can’t just put any type of black or green tea in the machine is because they’re too delicate and won’t stand up to the water temperature that brews them. You want something that has enough astringency to cut through the diluted taste created by adding frozen cubes into hot brewed tea, so try using stronger types of teas such as Assam, Ceylon, Yunnan Black or CTC (cut) India Assam instead of milder more typical leaf teas like Darjeeling or Yerba Mate.
Is it cheaper to make your own iced tea?
It is cheaper to make your own iced tea because you can pour some into a pitcher or bottle, then add water for free or next to nothing. Buying it at the grocery store means paying for the whole gallon/2 liter bottle. Making it yourself also means you can control both the quality of ingredients and quantity, whereas when buying gallons you get what they give you without choice on either side.
How do you make strong iced tea?
Add twice the amount of tea than you normally would, and let it brew for a few minutes before adding any sugar. Cover with a lid and wait. When poured over ice, it should be strong and flavorful.
How long should iced tea steep?
You should steep iced tea for at least 10 minutes.
The longer the tea stews, the stronger it will taste. If you’re not sure, start with five minutes on high heat and adjust to your taste level afterward.