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What are some good types or flavors of tea (real tea) to make iced tea from, for a party?

Asked by jca (26883 points ) May 15th, 2012

I am having a party for my mom’s birthday, which is toward the end of June. It’s just a casual thing out on the deck, and since it will be summer time I want to serve some iced tea. I know there are tons of varieties and flavors of tea out there. What are some types or flavors of tea that I can make some nice, unusual iced tea out of?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Orange Pekoe, cold steeped in refrigerator
6 bags tea
6 cups of cool water
some crushed Mint leaves
Let it set in refrigerator overnight or at least twelve hours.

NEVER store it in refrigerator longer than three days ( starts to grow things )

syz's avatar

Summer always brings to mind tea with lemon balm (a plant in the mint family), or fresh peaches, or fresh squeezed lemonade. This site is pretty comprehensive.

sinscriven's avatar

Jamaica (Iced Hibiscus tea) would be a perfect summer drink, it’s refeshing and tartish.
Goes best with a liberal bit of fresh juice from a citrus fruit to bring out the citrusy flavor of the hibiscus.

Instructables has a simple recipe.

Sunny2's avatar

Constant Comment and ginger ale is festive and delicious.

Kardamom's avatar

Tazo Om is my favorite for iced tea. It has a light, slightly citrus flavor to it.

Stash Lemon Ginger Tea is also good, and caffeine free.

Or Harney and Sons Tea with coconut, ginger and vanilla.

gailcalled's avatar

I use raspberry herbal tea for the people who don’t want caffeine. Proportions are on the box.

I add springs of fresh mint and a large handful of fresh raspberries either to the pitcher (where they usually sink to the bottom) or for a few people in their individual glasses.

marinelife's avatar

I once ran out of black tea and had to supplement with Earl Grey. it was very light and refreshing.

Kardamom's avatar

I just came across this Blog where this woman has made her own homemade flavored iced teas using jams, fruit juices, sweetners and herbs and spices. Might be worth a try if you are feeling adventurous.

Plus I totally forgot about the good old Arnold Palmer, which is half iced tea and half lemonade.

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