We simply fill our 4-cup bottle with cold water, add a tea bag, and put it in the fridge overnight. By the time we get thirsty the next day, the tea is ready. When using loose-leaf tea, Bill Waddington of TeaSource suggests using two large tablespoons of tea per quart of water, and then letting the mixture steep at least 8 hours.
No matter what kind of tea we brew, the flavor has been delicate and well-balanced without any of the astringency or bitterness we sometimes get when brewing hot tea. So far we've tried a jasmine green tea, a spicy black chai, and a peach white tea, and all have been delicious. We prefer it plain, straight from the fridge, and without any ice to dilute it.
This tea is seriously good. If you're looking for something refreshing with a little more kick than plain water, definitely give this method a try!
What are your favorite teas for making iced tea?
• Get the rest of Bill Waddington's advice on tea and hear his complete interview with Lynne Rossetto Kasper at the Splendid Table website.