One strategy is definitely lots of iced tea.
|iced tea brewing|
I just woke up from an afternoon nap to the sound of Hanna making iced tea. Here it is steeping on the kitchen counter.
|one of our favorite teas for icing|
Iced tea is really simple to make: boil water, add tea bags or loose tea, brew to taste and chill. Serve over ice.
This batch is made with Tazo's "Passion" tea, which is an herbal blend of hibiscus flower, orange peel, licorice, cinnamon, rose hips, lemongrass, and red poppy. It's been one of our favorite blends for icing in the past. Fruity teas can be really nice lightly sweetened with honey, or can stand on their own without sweetener at all.
When I'm buying ready-made iced tea, one of the best brands available here in New England is Sweet Leaf Tea, to which Hanna introduced me when I moved out here to Boston. I'm also partial to ordering (or making) Arnold Palmers, or half-iced-tea / half-lemonade coolers which cut the sweet of the lemonade and the bite of the stronger black teas.
What are your favorite teas for brewing to ice, and if you're buying iced drinks in the summer, what are your all-time favorites? Leave your picks in comments!