Iced Jasmine Tea
We’re partial to loose tea leaves at home. You can, of course, just drop a tea bag in hot water and make your iced tea with that, if that is your preference. But loose tea leaves have a deeper flavor. To make iced tea with loose tea leaves, you start as though you were making a cup of hot tea. Drop a generous pinch of tea leaves in a cup and pour in hot water. Not too much but just enough to allow the leaves to steep. And, remember not to let the tea leaves steep for too long because that will make the liquid bitter. It’s not the length of steeping time that will make the tea strong but, rather, the amount of tea you use. If you want strong tea, use more tea leaves.
- 1 generous pinch jasmine tea steeped in ¼ cup of hot water for about four minutes
- juice of one lime
- honey to taste
- lime slices
- Pour the tea into a tall glass making sure that the leaves get left behind. If you want to be extra careful not to have tea leaves in your iced drink, use a strainer. I was too lazy to get one.
- Pour in enough cold water to half fill the class.
- Cut a lime in half and squeeze the juice into the class. Take another lime and cut into slices. Drop the slices into the glass.
- Add a tablespoonful of honey to start with, taste, and adjust the amount of lime juice and honey, as needed. You can opt to press the lime slices with the back of a long spoon to release the juice. You want the drink to taste strong at this point because you’re going to add ice and the ice will dilute the drink as it melts.
- When the drink tastes right to you, drop in some ice cubes. Stir.
- Drink up and enjoy.
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