Classic Iced Tea, a timeless favorite, is a refreshing beverage perfect for hot days or any time you crave a cool, flavorful drink. With the subtle zest of citrus and the rich essence of tea leaves, this chilled delight is sure to satisfy your thirst.
- 4 teaspoons loose black tea leaves
- Peel from 1 lemon or orange
- 4 cups simmering hot or cold water
- Ice cubes
- Simple syrup (optional, for sweetening)
Place the loose black tea leaves in a large heatproof glass pitcher. Use a peeler to strip the peel from a lemon or orange, adding it to the pitcher for a citrusy twist.
Pour the simmering hot or cold water into the pitcher, covering the tea leaves and citrus peel completely. Let the tea steep for at least 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.
After steeping, strain the tea leaves and discard them, leaving behind the aromatic essence in the pitcher. Refrigerate the tea until it becomes thoroughly chilled.
To serve, fill iced tea glasses with ice cubes, ensuring they're generously chilled. Pour the chilled tea over the ice, filling the glasses.
Sweeten the tea with simple syrup, if desired, stirring gently until it reaches your preferred level of sweetness.
Garnish with additional lemon or orange slices if desired, providing a visual and flavorful touch.
Enjoy your classic iced tea, a timeless beverage that combines the simplicity of tea leaves with the zest of citrus, delivering a crisp and satisfying experience with every sip. Perfect for any occasion and a delightful way to beat the heat.