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Cool Ideas for Making Iced Tea

Posted on | April 11, 2017 | Comments

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Simple and fresh iced tea for spring?

Absolutely! There are many beautiful sunny days that are just perfect for iced tea. In the Pacific Northwest, we amend the comment to beautiful sunny days here and there. Tea leaves are a wide variety and flavored teas expand the possibilities even further.

As a standalone beverage, it’s thirst-quenching but the possibilities of pairing with your favorite meal or snack are endless. Chef’s salad with iced tea? Of course! Fresh strawberry pie with iced tea. Sure! How about pizza with iced tea? Perfect!

Earl Grey Bravo Tea Adagio Iced tea

ingenuiTEA by Adagio


Make Iced Tea Quick ‘n’ Easy

Adagio Tea has an iced tea maker that brews loose-leaf tea – it’s an “ingenuity-TEA”. You can use any loose-leaf tea that you prefer, add to the ingenuity-TEA, pour over the water and steep.  I use double the normal amount of tea to make an iced tea concentrate.

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The ingenuiTEA is an acrylic standalone tea maker with inbuilt strainer and pressure sensitive center-bottom. Put your choice of loose-leaf tea in the ingenui-TEA, fill with hot water at the proper temperature, steep for number of minutes desired and decant. As the box states, it works with any pitcher. You’ll also see it featured in Food & Wine magazine as a new tea trend.

Here’s What I Did

Using Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo, I add two tablespoons of tea to the container and filled it with boiling water. At this point, I held my breath just in case I’d misunderstood its durability. Ha! It worked great! Earl Grey Bravo was a nice surprise, too. The base tea is Ceylon and I’m guessing it’s made with double bergamot. Orange bits and cornflowers provide flavor and visual interest.

No sweetener is required although as with many fine Earl Greys, it will take sweetener or a lemon slice or orange slice. Will it take milk as in for a latte? Absolutely!

I’d probably pair it with a light meal, fresh fruits, or thin sandwiches.

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Not Just Another Iced Tea Gizmo

My kitchen, pantry and some bookshelves are full of tea accoutrements. Some would call it hoarding – I call it being prepared. So if you’re like me, you need another tea gizmo like a…..well, like another tea pot. The ingenui-TEA teapot a creative necessity that is well worth the price of $29 for yourself or as a gift.

Iced tea ingenuity-TEA Adagio+

Here’s how it looked with my version of an Earl Grey latte. The glass was full of ice; the ingenuiTEA set over the glass rim to add the tea; swirled with vanilla almond milk.

Enjoy! Do you have one? If not, tap on the Adagio link right now. Adagio – ingenuiTEA

Have a great day!

About the Author

Jennifer Petersen is a tea enthusiast, teaches various aspects about tea as a business, and a marketing consultant to the beverage industry. Always fascinated by other people who love tea, she is a life-long student and admirer of those who choose tea as a lifestyle.