UK heatwave: Three iced tea recipes to help you keep cool in the summer heat


Iced Tea and Mint in Glass Jar

Drink up (Picture: Getty)

It’s hot, right? 

Many of us will have turned to iced coffee to keep cool in this intense summer heat.

But for those who want something a bit more refreshing, iced tea is the way forward.

And good news – it’s super easy to make.

If you are short on time, your favourite fruit tea bag steeped in ice cold water (and perhaps some ice cubes) for a couple of minutes should serve you well. Powdered teas from the supermarket are normally another safe bet. 

If you have a bit more time, though, we’ve rounded up some delicious homemade recipes.

They make a perfect drink for parched guests – and a way to stay hydrated when you’re bored of plain water.

Sweet peach iced tea


Mason jar glasses of peach iced tea on white wood

A classic (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Ingredients

  • 1l of water
  • 64g of granulated sugar
  • 64g of baking soda
  • 8 black tea bags
  • 1 cup peach nectar
  • 5 sliced fresh peaches

Method

  1. Bring your water to boil
  2. In a large heat proof pitcher, mix the boiling water, baking soda and sugar
  3. Mix well to make sure that the sugar dissolves
  4. Add your tea bags and let them steep in the mixture for at least ten minutes
  5. Take the tea bags out of the mixture
  6. Add the peach nectar and add more water until your pitcher is filled to the brim.
  7. Refrigerate your drink until it is chilled
  8. Add sliced peaches and ice to tall glasses
  9. Pour the tea over to serve

Source: Erren’s Kitchen

Lemon iced tea


Lemon ice tea

Zesty and refreshing (Picture: Getty Images)

Ingredients

  • Six black tea bags
  • 60-120ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
  • 150g-200g of white sugar
  • 720ml of boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda or baking soda
  • 720ml of cold water

Method

  1. Place tea bags, lemon juice and sugar into a large jug and pour over boiling water.
  2. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved and then leave to brew for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you would like your iced tea.
  3. Add in your bicarbonate of soda and stir. This step helps take away any bitterness from the tea.
  4. Pour the cold water in, and stir until everything is combined.
  5. Place lemon slices and ice cubes into a glass and pour your iced tea over them.

Source: Annie’s Noms

Blackberry mint iced tea


The glass of iced tea with blackberry on wooden table. Cuba Libre or long island cocktail

Get your fruit fix (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Ingredients 

  • 64g of fresh blackberries
  • Six leaves of fresh mint
  • 2 bags of green tea
  • 750ml of hot water 
  • Raw honey (optional)

Method

  1. Add the fresh blackberries, mint leaves and green tea bags to a heat proof mason jar or pitcher
  2. Pour the hot water into the mason jar
  3. Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes
  4. Remove the tea bags
  5. Place into the fridge for at least three hours

Source: A Sweet Pea Chef 

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