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!