Once May hits, and the Portland sun comes out to play, I find myself thirsty for iced tea. Nice tall glasses, filled with ice and a deliciously flavorful blend. I’m crazy for tea. Hot tea in the winter and iced tea for summer. It’s just how I roll.
Each summer I usually have a favorite one, sometimes a nice iced Japanese barley tea, a fruity peach rooibos or a Moroccan mint with a splash of rosewater and just a hint of sweetness. This summer though, it’s something new entirely; a discovery that I hit upon by accident. I was planning on brewing a pitcher of peach rooibos tea (the same one that we serve at Native Bowl), and I mistakingly grabbed the wrong bag. I know, if I moved a little slower and actually read the label, this probably wouldn’t have happened. What I wound up with instead was iced rooibos chai. The first sip was a bit of a shock because, well, I was expecting a completely different flavor profile. But what I discovered was a deliciously refreshing iced tea. I think it may even be my summer tea of choice this year.
I’ve tried brewing iced tea a number of different ways, but I think my favorite is the contraption below. I found it at a tea shop in the mall, and had my doubts as to how well it works. I can say that I’m hooked. It works so well that I actually wound up buying a couple of large ones to brew iced tea at our cart. You place your loose tea in the bottom of the brewer, fill with hot water from the kettle, and let steep. Then you place it on top of an ice-filled pitcher, and voila, the bottom of the brewer releases the brewed tea over the ice. No muss, no fuss. Nothing to plug in.
I should probably also add that I am in no way connected with this company. I don’t get anything for posting the picture. It’s just a well-designed kitchen tool that I really like. Remember, I am all about my kitchen tools and toys. There may even be other brands of this same tea brewer. This just happened to be the one that I bought.
So what are some of your favorite summer beverages? Do you go for the same favorites, or mix it up? Do you like your tea with or without sweetening? Agave or sugar? Maybe we can have a iced tea contest, with everyone sharing their favorite. That would be fun! Anyway, I’d love to hear what your favorite iced summer beverage is.
Iced tea brewer