No, this isn’t a powdered mix that you just drop into a glass, add water and ice, and stir. We’re partial to loose tea leaves at home so that’s what we use to make iced tea.
You may, of course, just drop a tea bag in hot water and make your iced tea with that, if that is your preference. But loose tea leaves have a deeper flavor, and I wouldn’t want you to miss the total iced jasmine tea experience.
To make iced jasmine tea with loose tea leaves, you start as though you were making a cup of hot tea.
Drop a generous pinch of tea leaves in a cup and pour in hot water. Not too much but just enough to allow the leaves to steep. Strain the brew into a glass, add cold water, honey and lime juice, drop in ice, sit back, sip and enjoy.
Iced Jasmine Tea with Lime
- 1 generous pinch jasmine tea , steeped in ¼ cup of hot water for about four minutes
- juice of one lime
- honey , to taste
- lime slices
- Pour the tea into a tall glass making sure that the leaves get left behind (if you want to be extra careful not to have tea leaves in your iced drink, use a strainer; I was too lazy to get one).
- Pour in enough cold water to half fill the class.
- Cut a lime in half and squeeze the juice into the class.
- Take another lime and cut into slices. Drop the slices into the glass.
- Add a tablespoonful of honey to start with, taste, and adjust the amount of lime juice and honey, as needed. You may opt to press the lime slices with the back of a long spoon to release the juice. You want the drink to taste strong at this point because you’re going to add ice and the ice will dilute the drink as it melts.
- When the drink tastes right to you, drop in some ice cubes. Stir.
- Drink up and enjoy.