Yesterday we went to Chanticleer:

http://www.chanticleergarden.org/

and I wanted to make a special picnic to take along. I’ve been wanting to make Earl Grey Supreme as a hot brewed iced tea for so long, but my frugal angel (I have a frugal angel and a decadent devil on my shoulders – at war!!!) balked at using all those leaves. Well, the decadent devil won and I made it. The frugal angel has her 2 cents in there, and I did two steeps of the leaves thinking I do that when I have it hot.

So – that was 4 tablespoons of leaves (!!!), 4 cups of water, 5 min, then 2 cups of water 5 min.

A few tablespoons of sugar thrown in, let it sit out a few hours to cool, then refrigerated. When I took it on the picnic I got my container and filled it half with ice, then poured the tea over and put it in the cooler. Some of the ice melted, but not all.

The angels and devils were all happy because it was the most delicious iced tea I’ve ever had! Not too sweet, the pithy citrus gave that pleasantly bitter taste sort of like Campari which is soooooo refreshing when it’s hot (the heat went to 101 yesterday!). Not the least bit perfumey or overwhelming. The tea tasted of quality and was of the perfect strength. The leaves were just fine being brewed twice.

And I didn’t really need to get all upset because even this special picnic divine decadence winds up being under 35 cents an 8 oz glass including the sugar. No biggie!!!

The one thing that bugged me, though, is my iced tea got cloudy! I know it has something to do with the tannins and cold, and that it happens even more with a better quality tea because it has more tannins, and I also know it’s just an aesthetic thing, but does anyone have a way they avoid this? I’ve heard a pinch of baking soda, a few drops of boiling water before serving (impossible at a picnic but maybe at home I can do this if we had company). Any others? Thanks!

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LadyLondonderry

Another stop on your tour of beautiful gardens! I’m enjoying it vicariously.

Have you tried cold-brewing this one? I’m pretty sure that method will yield a clear brew.

JacquelineM

I was afraid the tea would be too delicate cold brewed, but the decadent devil says “Try it!” The frugal angel says “Try it with one cup of water, so you won’t waste too much if it’s not strong enough!” :) So – I will try it with one cup of water and a tablespoon of leaves :) :) :)

Jenn

My tea miser angel is forever at war with my Gatsbyesque tea devil!

SimplyJenW

I am going to try this! Earl Grey Supreme iced? Yum!

ashmanra

Beautiful gardens. Sigh…lucky! :)

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LadyLondonderry

Another stop on your tour of beautiful gardens! I’m enjoying it vicariously.

Have you tried cold-brewing this one? I’m pretty sure that method will yield a clear brew.

JacquelineM

I was afraid the tea would be too delicate cold brewed, but the decadent devil says “Try it!” The frugal angel says “Try it with one cup of water, so you won’t waste too much if it’s not strong enough!” :) So – I will try it with one cup of water and a tablespoon of leaves :) :) :)

Jenn

My tea miser angel is forever at war with my Gatsbyesque tea devil!

SimplyJenW

I am going to try this! Earl Grey Supreme iced? Yum!

ashmanra

Beautiful gardens. Sigh…lucky! :)

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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