Now that the weather is warmer, it’s iced tea time! According to the Tea Association of the USA, in 2015 about four in five people in the United States drink tea, with tea being the most popular with Millennials. Eighty-five percent of tea consumed in America is iced tea. In the last ten years, Ready-To-Drink Iced Tea has grown by leaps and bounds. Ready-To-Drink sales are estimated to be more than $5.56 billion yearly.
Iced Tea is a refreshing beverage that has no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar. It is mostly calorie-free (there are some calories in fruit teas). Tea from the Camellia sinensis plant contains flavonoids, naturally occurring compounds that are believed to have antioxidant properties. Tea flavonoids often provide bioactive compounds that help to neutralize free radicals, which over time can damage body tissues, genetic material and lipids, and contribute to chronic disease.
Here at Adirondack Tea and Trading Company, we have many loose leaf teas that make excellent iced teas. You can find our iced tea recommendations by the green ‘iced tea’ icon on the tea image in our store. Several of these are fruit teas, with no caffeine.
The Best Way to Make Iced Tea at Home
Brew the tea with double the amount listed on the directions of our label so it will stand up to ice when served.
Let the tea come to room temperature before refrigerating. This helps keeping your iced tea to stay clear and not cloudy. Traces polyphenols in the brewed tea can create cloudiness, or ‘milky tea’ if you haven't cooled it to room temperature before refrigerating.
Although it isn’t attractive to look at, cloudy/milky tea is fine to drink. If you've refrigerated your tea too soon and it has that slightly milky look, pour in a little boiling water, and stir to clear it.
We recommend using light Agave Nectar for sweetener. Agave does not impart flavors to the tea as honey does, and mixes more easily than sugar.
Explore all the iced tea varieties we have in our store at Adirondack Tea and Tradiing Company!
If you want to make Santa’s nice list you really do need to put out Biscuits & Tea! Make sure to check out our Holiday Teas and to help along here is a Traditional Shortbread recipe we know he likes.
Traditional Shortbread Recipe
9 oz softened butter
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup rice flour
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease 2 sheet pans and line with parchment paper. Beat butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in both flours.
Divide dough into 2 equal portions and roll each into an 8” round disc.
Using a small knife, score each round without cutting all the way through into 8 wedges. Press edges with fork into a scalloped effect. Prick top of rounds with a fork. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden, turn sheets halfway through cooking. Cool on the sheet pans and serve with a proper Holiday Tea from AdirondackTea.com . Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
NEW TEA BAG COLLECTION
Announcing the addition of our four top-selling loose leaf teas available in extra –long transparent tea bags for tea on the go.
Our Top Selling Teas in Tea Bags
Earl Grey Premium Tea Bags
English Breakfast Tea Bags
Goji Blueberry Pomegranate Tea Bags
Japan Sencha Fukujyu
• Ideal for steeping in large-size mugs small teapots
• Perfect tea amount for to go mugs (12-16 oz)
• Individually wrapped for maximum freshness
• Carton of 10 premium tea bags
Oversized see-through tea bag allows the leaves to unfurl and release all of their character for producing the perfect cup of tea.
Innovative tab allows you to easily attach the tea bag on most mugs, teapots, and to-go mugs.
Hi everyone! Welcome to the Adirondack Tea & Trading Company.
You can learn more by visiting our About Us Page. Those of you reading this most likely know Brian & Karen Karwowski from our Tea Shop and online store Trenon Teas in Utica, NY. Back in April of last year we closed our physical store and had discussed opening a new online store. Finally after months of behind the scenes work www.AdirondackTea.com is now live.
Plans for the future include offering products beyond tea and tea related products. Check back occasionally to check out our new offerings, and please sign up for our newsletter down in the footer section so that you can keep up to date and receive special offers.