Few drinks can rival an iced tea's timeless appeal and quenching satisfaction. This beloved beverage has graced many tables, offering a symphony of fruity flavours to choose from and a welcome cold drink, particularly for relentless summer days.
The history of iced tea
The history of iced tea dates back to the early 19th century when inventive minds seeking a cooler alternative to hot tea stumbled upon the art of chilling the brew. While its exact origins are a mystery, it's widely believed that Richard Blechynden, an English merchant, first introduced iced tea at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. This innovative creation rapidly gained popularity, transcending continents and cultures to become the global sensation we know and love today.
Add a burst of flavour to your day with our refreshing iced tea flavours
If you’re new to the world of cold tea and are unsure where to begin, we have you covered with our list of must-try iced tea flavours you and your guests will enjoy time and time again:
- Just Peppermint
This well-rounded golden-green infusion delivers crisp-tasting notes and an exciting burst of menthol. It offers cool, minty flavour notes that leave a crisp, tingling sensation on the palate.
If you want to cool down and unwind after a long day or enjoy a refreshing beverage, our peppermint cold tea will invigorate the senses for all our minty lovers.
- Green Rose Loose
Experience the captivating dance of petals, papaya and mango swimming in your glass, bursting with a juicy, zingy personality. It has a unique pop of blue cornflower, making this bevvy the perfect summer sensation, bringing a welcome burst of harmonious flavours to your cup.
- Mango Mint
If mango is one of your favourite fruits, who says you need to wait until mangoes are in season? Enjoy the taste of mango all year round with our sip-worthy Mango Mint ice tea. Transport yourself to a beach club on a tropical island with this sweet, ripe, fruity sensation. It combines juicy mango with refreshing lemongrass, warm ginger and subtle mint notes.
- Strawberries & Cream
There’s no denying that strawberries and cream are one of the most classic flavour combinations. We’ve paired the flavours of sweet, decadent, overripe strawberries with the tartness of hibiscus to achieve a silky, creamy finish that will have you reaching for your glass of cold tea for another sip.
- Lemongrass and Ginger
Heat your kettle or teapot and prepare for an afternoon delight with this fresh, bright, zesty iced tea that will leave a lasting sensation on your palate. This herbal tea combines the citrus flavour of lemongrass with ginger's warming and spicy essence. Fresh with zing and loaded with spice, it will give you that kick you’re craving, whether you’re just rolling out of bed in the morning or wanting an afternoon pick-me-up. This cold tea is the perfect accompaniment for hot days with its crisp, revitalising flavours.
- Packs A Peach
If your go-to bottled iced tea is peach, treat yourself to T2’s succulent blend of peachy goodness. Discover the rich flavours of peach, papaya, apple and chicory in a single sip for a sweet, fruity taste you won’t get enough of.
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How to create the perfect brew of ice tea
Making homemade iced tea is easy with a T2 brew in your cabinet. Here’s a simple recipe for creating the perfect 4-cup brew:
- Boil water in a kettle or teapot, remove from heat and add tea bags or loose-leaf tea, steeping for a few minute.
- Remove the tea bags or strain the loose-leaf tea.
- Add sweetener if desired, stirring until dissolved and cool the tea in the refrigerator.
- Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the chilled tea over ice, garnishing with sliced fruits, herbs or citrus wedges if desired.
Adjust the recipe proportions based on how much homemade iced tea you wish to make.
Quench your thirst with ice tea from T2 today
At T2, our selection of cold teas is here to provide tea lovers with a world of ice teas to choose from. Whether you love a sweet, fruity blend, something minty and fresh or perhaps the best of both worlds, we have just what you need. When you choose T2, you can trust that we use whole tea leaves from all over the world. That means you’ll experience a full flavour profile with every sip, nothing less.
Explore our range of fruit tea, herbal and floral tea and green tea and check out our blog on how to brew tea for a perfect blend every time. If you have any questions, contact our team, who will gladly assist you.
How do I make iced tea?
Make ice tea by boiling your kettle or teapot, adding teabags or loose-leaf tea, removing the tea and adding sweetener if desired. Stir until dissolved and cool the tea in the refrigerator. Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the chilled tea over ice, garnishing with sliced fruits, herbs or citrus wedges if desired.
Is iced tea sweet?
Iced tea can be either sweet or unsweetened, depending on how it's prepared and served. Sweetened iced tea is made by adding sugar or a sweetener while it's still warm, allowing it to dissolve. On the other hand, unsweetened iced tea is prepared without added sugar or sweeteners.
At T2, we have various ice teas, including sweet flavours like our Strawberries and Cream or our classic Just Peppermint for a more savoury blend.