Cool down this summer with iced tea

Jun 21, 2011|

Summer is here!  My favorite season of the year: Swimming, warm temperatures, long days and iced tea.  Nothing seems quite as refreshing, or thirst quenching on a hot, humid, summer day than a cold glass of iced tea.  Iced tea is a beverage that seems synonymous with summer.  In fact, summer officially begins on June 21 and June is National Iced Tea month, coincidence?  I think not.

Iced tea originated from consumers lack of interest in consuming hot tea on a hot summer day.   In 1904 tea plantation owner, Richard Blechynden, was serving hot tea at the World Fair in St Louis.  He noticed that customers were uninterested in his hot tea since it was such a hot, summer day.  He decided to pour his hot tea over ice, thus creating iced tea.  Since then iced tea has become a beverage of choice for many people.   

Iced tea is enjoyed in a variety of ways: sweetened, unsweetened, flavored, with garnish, without garnish, etc.   Everyone seems to have their own take on what makes the perfect iced tea.

We thought we would provide you with some fun, refreshing iced tea recipes to help you cool off this summer.   Enjoy!

*Note: Although, Bunn brewers are made for brewing coffee, we have many customers who place tea bags in the carafe to make tea.

For all iced tea recipes:  In general, it is recommended to brew double strength tea when preparing any iced tea.  Otherwise, the ice will dilute the tea with loss of flavor and color. 

Regular Iced Tea Recipe

  1.  Select the tea of your choice.  Most prefer black or green tea.  But, it is your preference.
  2. Remember it is recommended to brew DOUBLE strength tea when preparing iced tea.
  3. Steep tea bags for 3-5 minutes in hot water.  (Water should be approximately 195 degrees Fahrenheit for black tea and 165degrees Fahrenheit for green tea.)
  4. Remove tea bags after steeping is complete.
  5. Add fresh cold water to tea to create the final quantity of iced tea preferred.

Iced Tea with Strawberries
Add some sweet fresh, cut strawberries to your iced tea. 

  1. Brew the tea of your choice.
  2. Let the tea cool. 
  3. Pour a glass of the cooled tea over ice. 
  4. Top off by adding some fresh cut strawberries. Or if you prefer you can add blackberries, raspberries, blueberries.   Whatever fruit you like!
  5. Stir and enjoy!

Green Tea & Lemonade
For a refreshing summer iced tea treat, combine green tea and lemonade in a 50/50 ratio.

  1. Brew green tea as usual,   we would suggest a 6 oz cup.
  2. Add 6 oz of lemonade to the green tea.   
  3. Add Agave sweetner for  a bit of sweet and tart flavor combination.
  4. Stir and enjoy!

Iced Tea with a little kick
*  Note: This recipe contains alcohol
This recipe combines black tea with the sweet Chambord liqueur for a summer tea that is refreshing, sweet and has a little kick!

  1. Brew regular black tea. 
  2. Let the tea cool.
  3. Pour  the cooled tea over ice
  4.  Add a splash of Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur.
  5. Top off with blackberries or raspberries.
  6. Enjoy!

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