We are PNW people, so no matter how hot it gets, we're still drinking hot coffee and hot tea. But, we also love to cool down with a refreshing iced tea in the heat of the day! And, iced tea couldn't be easier to make.
You can start with a pitcher made just for steeping iced tea. But you can also use a mason jar or really anything you have at hand! The important thing is to get your ratios and timing right.
The proper ratio is one teaspoon of loose leaf tea for every 8 ounces of water. Don't boil the water or steep hot, it will make your iced tea bitter! Start with room temperature water and steep your loose leaf in the water in the fridge for 6-12 hours, depending on your preference for strength.
If you've used something like our favorite iced tea pitcher, just remove the strainer and you're all set! If you've steeped your tea in a regular pitcher or mason jar, strain out the tea at this point. Store the strained tea in the fridge for up to eight hours, according to the CDC. Nothing wrong with following the rules! But if you're forgetful or just a rebel, you may find you can enjoy your refrigerated iced tea for up to 3-4 days.
1 tsp loose leaf tea + 8 oz water
2 tsps loose leaf tea + 16 oz water
1 Tbsp loose leaf tea + 24 oz water
4 tsps loose leaf tea + 32 oz water