The heatwave is showing no sign of stopping, so make use of these iced tea recipes this July. Their fruity flavours and refreshing coolness will help you to keep cool in the heat and avoid dehydration.
Peach and Raspberry Iced Tea
Stokes’ blend of black tea, peach oil and marigold flowers is delicious served cold due to its slightly sweet flavour and floral notes – the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day.
Brew your Stokes Loose-Leaf Peach Tea as you normally would – we recommend using about one level tablespoon per glass, and fresh hot water. Let it brew for 3-5 minutes, then take the tea leaves out and leave the tea to cool until it is room temperature. If you wish to sweeten your tea, now is the time to do it – use sugar, honey or agave nectar. Once the tea has cooled, pour it into a large jug filled with ice, muddled raspberries and fresh peach slices and enjoy!
Earl Grey and Lime Cooler
Our Earl Grey blend is perfect for this recipe due to its bergamot oil, which creates a delicate and refined flavour. This contrasts with the acidity of the lime to create a balanced and refreshing summer drink.
Add a level tablespoon of Stokes Earl Grey Loose-Leaf Tea to your tea pot or strainer with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. Let the tea cool completely before adding a splash of lime cordial – this will help to sweeten the tea and add a tangy flavour. Finish by pouring over ice and adding freshly cut lime wedges.
Top tip – If adding citrus to your tea, ensure that the tea is completely chilled, otherwise the peels of the fruits will impart a bitter quality.
Strawberries and Cream Iced Tea
The vanilla loose-leaf tea that Stokes produces gives this drink sweet, creamy notes, thanks to the vanilla oil included in the blend. The chopped strawberries add a freshness and create a summery flavour perfect for hot July days.
Brew a tablespoon of Stokes Vanilla Tea with freshly drawn boiled water for 3-5 minutes before leaving to cool until it is room temperature. Add the cool tea to a large jug filled with ice, then add chopped strawberries. Allow the strawberries to infuse into the tea for a few minutes before serving – enjoy!
Top tip – If you prefer a sweeter tea, try adding some strawberry syrup.