Growing up in India, tea was the solution for every thing, even on really hot days, tea was the answer!
For those of you who enjoy cool drinks on hot days, here are some ideas:
COLD BREW TEA
The easiest and simplest way to make a cold and refreshing drink is to 'cold brew' your tea.
Simply put 2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea in a glass jar and fill it with 2 cups of tap water, close the lid and put the jar in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours (or overnight).
Strain the tea and your 'Cold brew' tea is ready.
Usually 'White teas' brew the quickest followed by 'Green teas'.
Oolong, Black teas, Herbal and Pu-erh teas need a bit longer to brew.
This is just a guideline, please experiment with the time to see what suits you best.
If you want, you can garnish or flavour the tea with citrus zest/peel/slices, ginger, mint or other herbs, honey, splash of fruit juice/nectar.
Adjust the amount of tea and water depending on the tea you are brewing and the quantity you need to make. If the tea requires a tablespoon of tea per cup then do the same for a cold brew.
If you don't have time to prepare in advance, 'flash chill' is another way to make a cold and refreshing drink without the wait.
Make a hot cup of tea using twice the amount of tea leaves per cup.
For eg, if you are making 1 cup of Black tea, use 2 tsps of tea leaves, 1 cup of hot water and brew for 3-5 mins. Pour the hot tea into a jar/shaker full of ice cubes and shake it vigorously.
Alternatively put it all in a blender and give it a quick whiz-viola! your tea is ready!