Now, if you’re not particularly sold on the old wives' tale that hot tea cools you down in summer, then fear not, we’ve got some cracking summer recipes to share with you which show that it’s possible to make a HUGE variety of amazing summer drinks with the humble teapigs tea temple.
Hands down, our favourite summer time drink is iced tea - did you know that iced tea can be SO much better than the sickly sweet non–tea flavoured drinks we’re all so familiar with? Well, it can – and we’re going to share our favourite recipe to create the perfect, full of flavour, real iced tea every single time.
serves 4 / makes 1 litre:
- Pop 4 tea temples in to a 1 litre jug
- Add freshly boiled water til 1/3 full
- Brew for 5 mins +
- Add cold water til 2/3 full
- Top with ice & fresh fruit for extra flavour and prettiness. Lemons and limes go well with traditional teas and red berries and passion fruit taste amazing with our fruit and herbal teas.
We like to keep the temples in, as they will continue to infuse - but feel free to take them out if you'd prefer.
All our teas work brilliantly iced, whether you fancy black, green, blue or herbal –each and every one creates a powerful flavour after just a few minutes brewing time! However, we do have a few favourites which we wanted to share with you...
the classic one – teapigs darjeeling earl grey tea temples, a squeeze of fresh lemon and some lemon slices for decoration
the elegant one – teapigs mao feng green tea temples, a handful of cucumber and lime slices, and 3-4 mint leaves
the “wow, that’s a lot of flavour” one – teapigs liquorice and mint tea temples. Straight up. The peppermint leaves in these tea temples are the mintiest around and the liquorice gives you lots of natural sweetness.
the fruity one - teapigs super fruit tea temples, two handfuls of fresh berries, the fruit of 2 passion fruits. You’ll never need to buy cordial again!
the lemony one – teapigs lemon and ginger tea temples, some lemon zest (fancy!) and if you’re big on ginger, you can grate a little and add that too.
the summer daze one - teapigs rhubarb and ginger tea temples straight up, complete with a dash of honey,and some extra berries - perfect for a summer evening!
*psssst - add a splash of gin or vodka to any of the above, to make it a tad more sophisticated!*
iced matcha lattes
If you're a lifelong matcha fan, then you'll be pleased to hear that matcha also works wonders iced!
With just a few switches to the above method, you'll be drinking matcha iced tea in no time:
- Take 1 tsp teapigs matcha
- Add a little of the water and whisk to make a paste
- Add agave, mint leaves and squeeze of lime... and give it a stir
- Top with rest of water and ice or why not try topping your matcha with almond milk for a tasty iced matcha latte.
Oh, and if you hadn't already heard the news, we also have three fab cold brew teas - peach & mango, apple & cucumber and lychee & rose. These all-natural infusions have been specially made to brew quickly in cold water; simply pop one in your water bottle before you head out the door and... that's it! You can find out what the difference between iced tea and cold brew is, here.