Despite our love for iced coffee during the warm-weather months, there’s another iced drink that we can’t get enough of: iced tea. One sip of this refreshing beverage and you just might believe you’re relaxing on a porch with a good book and a nice breeze rolling through.
Of course, you can buy the bottled versions of your favorite teas, but it’s no secret that they’re not as healthy for you. And a true brewed iced tea can give you the same health benefits that hot tea provides — disease-fighting antioxidants and polyphenols, better brain cognition, boosted immune system, and well, overall happiness.
And just like making iced coffee, there’s a science to making the perfect iced tea. We asked The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s director of tea, David DeCandia, to give us his pro tips on making the perfect iced tea. "Iced tea has been around since early 1900s, so it’s definitely here to stay," DeCandia says. "Iced coffee lacks the variety that iced teas have. [Iced teas] will continue to grow." Just in time for summer, here’s how to do it — we foresee many more iced teas in our future.