What goes into making ice tea
by Wagh Bakri on Oct 11, 2023
Hello, chill tea lovers! We're thrilled to have you here. You being here tells us one thing: you like ice tea just as much as we do. You are in for a treat because, in this blog, we're about to unfold the delightful mystery of what makes iced tea so irresistible.
Are you ready to sip and savour as we journey through the ingredients behind this beloved beverage? Let’s quench your curiosity!
Table of Contents
- Black ice tea
- Green ice tea
- Herbal ice tea
- Fruit ice tea
- White ice tea
What exactly is ice tea made of?
Iced teas are just what their name says: tea that has been iced or cooled down. It can be made with any and all types of tea, whether it is loose-leaf tea or regular tea bags. But how is the ice tea powder made? You always had this question, didn’t you? Here’s how…
First, the tea leaves are soaked in cold water for some time. This soaking process happens continuously in large batches. The duration and temperature of soaking depend on the set quality of the final tea product.
After soaking, the mixture goes through machines called decanters and clarifiers. These machines remove bits of tea leaves that didn't dissolve in the water. The resulting liquid might still have too much of something called tannin which can make the tea taste bad. So, another process, called cream separation, is used to remove these unwanted tannins from the liquid. Now, the clarified liquid with a nice tea flavour goes through special columns where the aroma of the tea is collected and intensified. This step enhances the tea’s smell.
The concentrated liquid then goes through a machine that removes excess water from the liquid under low pressure; making the tea concentrate thicker. To bring back the tea flavour, the concentrated tea is mixed with the collected and intensified aroma. Finally, this rich tea mixture is turned into powder form through a process called spray drying or freeze drying. This powder can be used to make instant tea that you find in stores.
Types of ice tea
Black ice tea
Black ice tea is the classic choice. Earthy, robust and sometimes subtly sweet, it's a classic choice for iced tea lovers.
Green ice tea
Made from steeped green tea leaves, green ice tea is known for its delicate, grassy flavour, mild natural sweetness with an earthy undertone.
Herbal ice tea
Herbal iced teas, brewed from soothing infusions such as chamomile, hibiscus or spearmint, peppermint etc.
Fruit ice tea
A variety of fruits like lemons, oranges, peaches, passion as well as berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries can be added into iced tea to add natural sweetness and fruity flavours.
White ice tea
Smooth, complex and light, white ice tea is made from the young leaves and buds of the tea plant that are minimally processed and gently dried.
Wagh Bakri ice teas
Wagh Bakri offers a delightful range of iced tea flavours including zesty lemon, luscious peach, invigorating orange and tangy cranberry. Each sip is a burst of refreshing and vibrant taste, turning your moments into pure bliss. Explore all our ice tea flavours on buytea.com.
How to make iced tea with powder
- Add 1 tablespoon of Wagh Bakri iced tea premix in the glass.
- Pour chilled water into the glass.
- Stir the iced tea well.
- Add ice cubes and serve chilled.
How to make iced tea without powder
Ingredients needed for iced tea recipe : Wagh Bakri black tea leaves, sweetener of choice, water and lemon
- Add 1.25 litres of water to a pan and bring the water to a boil.
- Turn off the heat once the water comes to a boil. Immediately add 1 to 2 tablespoons of black tea leaves. The tablespoons will be depending on how strong you want the tea to taste.
- Add ½ cup sugar to the water. You can reduce the amount of sugar or even avoid it as per your liking.
- Mix and let the tea leaves steep in the water for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to the pan and stir well.
- Strain the tea into a steel or heat-safe glass jar.
- Let the tea cool at room temperature.
- Once it has cooled, store in the refrigerator.
- While serving, add ice cubes in a glass and some freshly cut lemon. Pour the chilled drink and enjoy!
NOTE: It keeps well for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Do not keep the tea outside. You can also skip the lemon juice altogether and make a simple iced tea.
With every sip of these delightful ice teas, there is a burst of flavour and a reason to smile. So, why wait? Either brew an ice tea at home or grab your favourite instant iced tea flavour, take a sip and let the good times roll.
Cheers to the sips, smiles and simply good times with a well-brewed Wagh Bakri ice tea.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Which is correct, ice tea or iced tea?
The original phrase is "iced tea" and it is still more frequently used in print. Although many English speakers prefer the spelling ice tea.
2) Is iced tea just cold tea?
A type of cold tea is iced tea (or iced tea). It can apply to any tea that has been chilled or cooled, despite the fact that it is typically served in a glass with ice.
3) What does iced tea taste like?
The taste of iced tea will be a little astringent and sweet.
4) What flavour is iced tea?
Iced tea comes in different flavours like lemon, raspberry, lime, passion fruit, peach, orange, strawberry and cranberry.