Tea Forté Tea-Over-Ice Brewing Pitcher

As much as we love the idea of Southern hospitality, with sweet tea made a day ahead and properly chilled for a night in the fridge, we are rather more prone to sudden strokes of craving for iced tea. We think of it and want it and yet are forced to drink either weak or warm tea. Enter the Tea Forté Tea-Over-Ice brewing pitcher.

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This pitcher is built to accommodate (and mirror, visually) the large pyramid shapes of Tea Forté's signature tea bags. You steep hot tea in the lidded upper pitcher, stacked over top another pitcher of ice, and then "Flash Chill" the hot tea by pouring it into the ice in the lower pitcher.

These pitchers are made from hand-blown heat-resistant glass, and Tea Forté says that the proportions of hot water, tea and ice are perfectly balanced to produce a fresh 24 oz. pitcher of iced tea with each infuser.

We are slightly skeptical - iced tea is always best when made very strong and chilled ahead of time. But this seems to be a good short-term alternative; plus they are just so pretty.

• The Tea-Over-Ice is available through Tea Forté for $42.

(All images: Tea Forté)