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Three Ways to Brew Iced Tea

Bliss DakeJune 16th, 2010 by Bliss Dake

Iced tea is a classic summer-time ritual and distinctive American beverage. Legend has it that Richard Blechynden, an English entrepreneur and merchant, started serving iced tea on a hot day at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Although many quality ready-to-drink iced teas are commercially available today, brewing iced tea at home is an easy and convenient way to enjoy the fresh and pure goodness of whole leaf tea. 

Mighty Leaf offers three ways to brew iced tea. 

TEA POUCHES: Making the perfect glass or pitcher of iced tea with our artisan tea pouches is easy by the glass or pitcher.

By the Glass

All you need to get started are glasses, hot water, ice and one Tea Pouch per 14 oz. glass. 

1. Pour 6 oz. of boiling water over your Tea Pouch.™
2. Steep to the desired time on the tag.
3. Remove pouch. Fill the glass with 8 oz. of ice and enjoy.

By the Pitcher

1. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over 5 tea pouches
2. Steep to the desired time on tags.
3. Remove tea pouches and add 4 cups of ice and enjoy.
4. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours

You can check out our selection of tea pouches that are perfect hot or iced.

ONE GALLON BREWS:  If you guzzle ice tea all day long, then gallon-sized brews might fit the bill.

1. Heat water to a rolling boil or to 205 degrees.
2. Add 1 filter bag to a 1-gallon pitcher or container.
3. Fill pitcher halfway with boiling water.
4. Infuse for desired time as indicated on package.
5. Take out filter bag with ladle and discard.
6. Add enough ice so that the level of the liquid rises to the top of pitcher.
7. Cool in refrigerator.

You can find a variety of gallon-sized iced teas in tins and refills here that include Calypso Mango, Organic Pure Black, Ginger Peach and more.


Single Serving: For a single-serving use one rounded teaspoon of loose tea per 6 ounces of water and after brewing pour over ice in a 12 oz glass.

Large Serving

1. For a larger serving, prepare a iced tea concentrate by bringing one quart of cold water to a rolling boil in a tea kettle.
2. Remove from heat and add 8-10 teaspoons per quart of brewed tea.
3. Steep 3 – 5 minutes or to desired strength.
4. To serve immediately, pour over ice in a tall glass, or add another quart of cold water to the concentrate and chill in refrigerator.

Any of our loose teas are great on ice. Shop here for a selection of artisan crafted loose teas – try blending different kinds of loose together for unique iced tea pairings.

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3 Responses to “Three Ways to Brew Iced Tea”

  1. Linda Pashko says:

    i served my guests by the gallon your hibiscus berry iced tea – they LOVED it and could not get enough and also black currant iced tea – A BIG HIT THANK YOU FOR THE ICED TEA INFO

  2. Mighty Leaf says:

    Thanks for the feedback. Happy steeping!

  3. Lin says:

    With due respect, I suggest that you will get a far superior iced tea if you never involve boiling water or hot water. Here’s how I make it…and we drink a pitcher a day.

    Fill a good-sized glass jug with water and drop in five tea bags…it’s personal choice what you use, but I like combining a couple of bags of organic breakfast tea and then whatever strikes one’s fancy…black currant or berry or throw in a couple of bags of ginger twist with a citrus.

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