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Keep Cool with Luponde Iced Tea

Even the most ardent tea fan can find hot drinks difficult in August weather – luckily, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your tea habit, just switch to iced tea!

Making iced tea is surprisingly simple and it’s a favourite in hotter countries, especially southern states in the USA. There are a huge number of recipes available to suit your taste, whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer the sharp taste of lemons and citrus fruits.

Here are two of our favourite recipes:

Peach Iced Tea

Peaches are perfect in summer – this recipe blends their sweetness with your favourite tea for a refreshing drink you can keep with you all day.

All you need to do is combine equal amounts of sugar and water (just measure them with a cup), with 1-2 skinned fresh peaches. You bring this to the boil to make a syrup, making sure that you gently press on the peaches to release as much juice as possible. Let the syrup sit for a few minutes after all of the sugar has dissolved and start brewing your tea – you’ll want to let it steep for a few minutes before removing the teabags and putting the tea in the refrigerator.

Once the tea is cooled, strain your syrup through a sieve to remove the fruit pieces and add it to your tea. Serve it with ice and fresh peach pieces. You can make a large jug and keep it in the refrigerator to drink throughout the day.

Lemon Iced Tea

If you prefer your tea to taste a little more like your standard hot cup, you may prefer a lemon iced tea. The process is mostly the same; you just need to boil your water and add up to 1 cup of sugar (depending on your amount of water, it should be around 1 part sugar to 4 parts water) and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda (this prevents the tea from tasting bitter). Let the sugar dissolve in your boiling water and add your tea bags for a few minutes. Then just remove your tea bags, add lemon juice, and chill. Remember to serve with ice and freshly sliced lemon.

Make the Most of Your Ice Cubes

If you’d like to avoid diluting your iced tea with ice, just make iced tea ice cubes! All you need to do is pour your iced tea mixture into an ice tray and freeze it – once you add it, you can cool your drink without losing any of the flavour.

You can even use your ice cubes to add other flavours to your tea – try adding lemon juice, mint, berries, or different fruit purees to your ice cubes to give the tea a little kick.

Alcoholic Iced Teas

Speaking of a little kick, you can even make a spiked iced tea for those lazy summer evenings or BBQs. Just follow your standard recipe for iced tea, and add a mixture of lemonade and vodka, and relax on your patio with some friends.