In the United States, June 10 is iced tea day: Iced Tea Day. Ideal drink gave the heat of these days! Because iced tea is basically a thermal variant of the traditional hot drink: particularly refreshing, it is perfect in the hottest seasons to fight heat and thirst in a natural and effective way.
Whether you prefer lemon or peach, iced tea is refreshing and refreshing, an ideal drink to take a break full of properties. But how do you make iced tea at home ? Too easy to think that it is a simple cooled tea, this ancient drink already known in China 5000 years ago has its preparation rituals even in the cold version. Let’s see together the history, curiosities and preparation techniques (hot and cold) of homemade iced tea .
All flavors of iced tea
At an industrial level, the lemon and peach flavors are the ones that have found more success over the years. Other attempts were not very popular with Italian consumers.
On the other hand, homemade iced tea is characterized by different types of flavoring that can be added through fruit, flowers and spices or juices . The percentages of flavoring will make the tea taste more or less intense, but the advice is to enrich the tea not to cover all its natural flavor. You can also use decaffeinated tea or green tea, which is particularly suitable for this type of preparation.
Homemade iced tea with hot infusion
The ‘ hot infusion for the preparation of cold tea made at home, is the simplest and most commonly used technique. Heat the water and once it reaches the temperature turn off the heat and add the sachet or the leaves you have chosen. Leave to infuse for as long as necessary and then let the tea cool to room temperature. Pour the tea into a carafe or bottle and consume it at room temperature, adding a few ice cubes or alternatively leaving it to cool in the refrigerator. Bear in mind that too much ice will negate the flavor and intensity of the tea.
Like hot tea, iced tea shouldn’t be sweetened . If you can’t make it at least, sweeten it while hot and mix very well to completely dissolve the sugar.
Homemade iced tea with cold infusion
This process for making homemade iced tea is also quite simple . In a carafe or bottle, put the water at room temperature and a couple of doses of the infusion. Put the water in the refrigerator for at least 6-8 hours . During this time the water will take on the flavor of the infusion and will aromatize.
Before serving iced tea made with cold infusion it is always best to filter it .
Homemade iced tea with the Japanese kōridashi technique
The tea ritual is part of the Japanese culture in which iced tea has been prepared for many years with the kōridashi technique . Get the kyusu , the classic Japanese teapot and put green tea leaves and ice inside. Once the ice has completely melted, the Japanese iced tea is ready. You can add herbs, spices or roots to taste.
All the properties of homemade iced tea
Traditional hot tea has numerous beneficial properties for the body. With the cooling process some of these are lost, but the B vitamins and mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, folic acid and the natural antioxidants that counteract cellular aging remain .
Furthermore, unsweetened homemade iced tea is perfect for controlling cholesterol and stimulating the metabolism .
Homemade iced tea: conservation
Homemade iced tea can be stored in the refrigerator for one or two days, in order not to lose the aromatic properties of iced tea and its organoleptic characteristics. Glass is the best material for holding iced tea.
Iced Tea Day, its history in the world
It seems that the first printed recipes of iced tea date back to the late second half of the 1800s, when the British physicist Michael Faraday invented artificial ice. Rightly perceived as a novelty, iced tea quickly became a very popular drink in Europe and later in the United States.