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How to Make Iced Tea

Hot tea has been around for thousands of years, however iced tea is relatively new to the game, making its major debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Today iced tea is a popular and refreshing treat across the world. Luckily, it’s also very easy to make at home!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Loose leaf tea (we suggest Argo Tea’s Nilgiri black tea if you’re looking for a more traditional iced tea, or our Fruit Sangria tea if you want a tart and fruity herbal tea)
  • Ice
  • Honey (optional)

 

Brew your iced tea according to package instructions, however double the amount of tea required. When the tea is finished brewing, pour over ice and serve, sweetening with honey if desired.

 

If that still feels like a whole lot of work (and, to be honest, who wants to do anything on a sweltering summer day?) try one of Argo Tea’s Iced Tea Sachets. Featuring some of our best iced tea blends, such as the fruity Pina Colada or spicy Ginger Peach, our Iced Tea Sachets are pre-measured for the perfect cup of iced tea without the hassle!


How to Make Sun Tea

Sun tea is a method of brewing iced tea that involves placing tea bags in a glass jar and allowing it to sit in the sun for hours. This steeping method allows for the flavor of the tea to be extracted while not releasing tannins, the chemical compound that provides that bitter “tea taste” some people dislike.

The United States Center for Disease Control has issued memos warning against brewing sun tea, as the method does not allow for the tea to become hot enough to kill off bacteria, which can lead to illness.

At Argo Tea, we suggest instead cold brewing (or “refrigerator brewing”) teas. Instructions can be found on our How to Make Cold Brew page. All teas will taste delicious after being cold brewed, thanks to the lack of tannins, however we suggest trying lighter teas, such as our Green Tea White Jasmine, or fruity tea blends such as our White Peach.

If you’re too excited to wait for your tea to brew, Argo Tea also sells a line of lightly sweetened cold brewed teas in ready-to-drink bottles, including our Cold Brew Biodynamic Darjeeling black tea and Cold Brew Armenian Mint.


What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea (also known as boba or milk tea) originated in Taiwan in the 1980’s. The drink features tea (usually a black tea or green tea) and milk as well as a chewy treat at the bottom of the cup, traditionally tapioca or popping boba. When served, bubble teas are sipped out of a thick straw in order to suck up the fun, textured snacks at the bottom of the cup. The drink is traditionally served iced, however in recent years hot variations on the drink have begun to bubble up in many café chains.

At Argo Tea, our bubble teas use our all-natural tea blends (like our Nilgiri black tea or our Sencha green tea) and a unique addition: instead of tapioca, we feature Nata de Coco, a common dessert in the Philippines. Nata de Coco is naturally vegan and gluten free as well as high in fiber. If you’re looking for an introduction to bubbles teas, Argo’s Nata de Coco-based bubble teas are a great way to start your journey! Our build-your-own option means that no matter your preferences you’ll find the best bubble tea!


How to Make Ginger Tea

Ginger has been popping up as a popular ingredient in many products in the past few years, however the root has been used for centuries in many different Asian cuisines. Beyond adding a spicy zing to dishes, ginger is often consumed for its health benefits. There is scientific evidence to support that ginger is great for curbing the nausea and upset stomach effects from morning sickness and cancer treatments, and studies suggest that it also can aid in reducing inflation and pain.

 

One of the most common ways to consume ginger is by using it in tea. The warm, spicy notes in ginger teas bring comfort during cold winter nights at home but can also provide an extra energizing kick to help you get your morning started.

 

Luckily, ginger teas are easier than ever to make and most, like Argo Tea’s Green Tea Ginger Twist and Ginger Peach black tea, are perfectly blended to please the seasoned ginger fan and ginger newcomer alike. These teas will provide their health benefits with no extra work, however if you’re looking for an extra zesty kick or to double up on ginger’s healthy properties, you can infuse your tea with extra fresh ginger!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Fresh Ginger Root
  • The loose-leaf tea of your choice (we suggest our Green Tea Ginger Twist, or our Lemonello for a nice caffeine-free ginger tea)
  • Water
  • Lemon and honey (optional)

 

First, start by washing your ginger. Because it grows in the ground (it is a root after all!) it might still have some dirt on it. Don’t worry! Just give it a good scrub and pat it dry and you’ll be good to go.

 

Next, have yourself a grate time! Using a microplane or cheese grater, go to town on the ginger. Because you won’t be consuming the root itself, you don’t have to worry about peeling it. The amount you’d like to use is up to you, but we suggest grating about a tablespoon of ginger for every 8 – 12 oz of hot water you plan on using.

 

If you don’t have any fancy kitchen tools, don’t worry! Peel your ginger and then use a fork to help grate it up. You can also just mince the ginger instead!

 

Pour your water into a pan or kettle and bring it to a boil. Add your ginger and start a 10-minute timer. (Feel free to adjust the time for your personal preference!) While your ginger water is boiling, set up a teapot with your loose leaf tea measured out with 1 tsp of loose leaf tea for every 8 oz of water you’re using. Many teas are great when brewed with fresh ginger -- such as a traditional English Breakfast tea -- however we recommend experimenting with some of your favorite tea blends, like Argo’s caffeine-free Happy Chai.

 

When time is up, take the water off heat and let it sit for a few minutes, until it’s at about 190°F. Pour the ginger water over your loose leaf tea, making sure that none of the fresh ginger chunks make it past your teapot’s infuser. Allow the tea to steep for the time recommended on the package.

 

When your tea is done steeping it’s ready to drink! Remove the tea from the water and add any extra flavor enhancers, such as fresh squeezed lemon or sweet honey, to make your drink just the way you want it!

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