Harriet's perfect pick-me-up Iced Tea

Cool iced teas have been enjoyed in the Southern States of the US since the 1830's.  The invention of iced tea can be attributed to Richard Blechyden, a tea company salesmen.  As it was too hot outside to drink hot tea, he added an ice block to his tea samples, and making them a hit with the passing customers.  

For many of us, it may be too hot for tea.  So here is a simple recipe for Iced Tea...with a Harriet twist of course!  It is perfect for any summer day, and is delicious unsweetened, or with a bit of sugar sweetness. 

Ingredients

6 teaspoons Harriet's London Breakfast Tea

500 ml boiling water

pinch of baking soda (to prevent the tea from clouding)

175 g castor sugar (add for sweetened tea)

2 lemons sliced to serve

Method

  1. Place tea leaves in a pot and add boiling water.  Steep for 15 minutes to create a strong infusion.
  2. Carefully pour the tea into a heat proof jug using a strainer.
  3. While the tea is still hot, add the baking soda and sugar (if desired) and stir well.  Add 1.5 litres of cool water and stir to mix.  Leave to cool until lukewarm, then transfer to fridge, and chill for 2-3 hours.  Add the lemon slices and ice cubes to serve.  
  4. Best enjoyed while sitting on a verandah with friends!

**Information and recipe courtesy of "The Tea Book" by Linda Gaylard, 2015**