Hot Water Method
The traditional way to make iced tea is to start with a hot, freshly brewed concentrate. Measure enough tea leaves in a pot or saucepan to make at least a double-strength brew. Pour on boiling water (water should be at less than full boil for green and white teas) and steep about 5 minutes for black, herbal and oolong teas and 2-3 minutes for green and white teas. Strain the brewed tea into a pitcher containing an equal amount of cold water. Stir and pour into glasses filled with ice cubes.
Note: If the tea becomes cloudy when chilled, add a small amount of boiling water to the chilled tea and give it a stir.
Cold Water Method
Steeping in cold water extracts more natural sweetness and flavor from the tea leaf. It also reduces bitterness so your tea tastes especially smooth. Fill Mist Iced Tea Maker or a large glass pitcher with 5-6 tablespoons of loose tea leaves and 6 cups of cold water. Stir well and chill in the refrigerator 6-8 hours or overnight. There is no need to strain the tea leaves with the Mist Iced Tea Maker as it has a stainless steel filter. Keep refrigerated until serving time. Pour into glasses filled with ice.
Makes 1 1/2 quarts (50 oz.) of iced tea.Try some of our favorite iced teas: