Brits like their tea made with water at the peak of the boil and drank whilst hot, or at least warm. On a cold day its the perfect comfy blanket, and on a sunny day it’s proven to help keep you cool.

Iced tea has always been the poor relation in the UK, but when it comes one of our other passions, mixed drinks, the chilled version is the way to go. Here are a couple of great iced tea cocktails for you to try.

Spiced Iced Tea

A great-tasting drink with a warming kick.

  • 50ml Spiced rum.
  • 125ml Iced tea.
  • Lemon to garnish.
  • Cinnamon to garnish.

Fill your mixer with ice and pour in the spiced rum, iced tea, two lemon slices, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Shake well then pour, through a strainer, into a tall glass.

Orient Iced Tea

A wonderful, quick to make, tea-based cocktail highlighting the smooth flavours of apple vodka.

  • 50ml Ciroc Apple Vodka.
  • 200ml Iced tea.
  • 30ml Simple syrup.
  • 30ml Lemon juice.
  • 6 x mint leaves to garnish.
  • Peach slices to garnish.

Take a highball glass, fill with ice, then add the apple vodka, iced tea, simple syrup, and lemon juice.

Stir will and garnish with the mint leaves and 4 peach slices.

Old Fashioned Iced Tea

A tea-twist on the classic whiskey Old Fashioned. American bourbon and British tea make for real transatlantic mix.

  • 50ml Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 150ml Iced tea
  • Whisky bitters
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • 1x large strip of orange peel
  • 1 x Cherry to garnish

Take an Old Fashioned (or rocks) glass and rub the orange peel around the inside.

Drop the peel into the bottom of the glass.

Add the bourbon, iced tea, 3 dashes of whisky bitters, and sugar syrup then mix.

Finally drop in the cherry and add ice (if desired).

How to make the perfect iced tea

Making the perfect iced tea is important for these cocktail recipes, so we’ve included guidelines on how to make a flavourful pot.

The simplest way of making iced tea is to use tea bags, make the drink with hot water, then put it in the fridge for a while. This approach robs tea of its ritual, something real tea lovers consider essential in the brewing process. Instead of the quick method, slow things down and give tea the time it deserves.

You will need:

  • Loose leaf tea.
  • A teapot.
  • Water.
  • A kettle.

Fill the kettle with as much water as you need. Whilst it is boiling take the opportunity to ‘warm the pot’ by pouring a little warm water in, putting the lid on, and allow to stand for a minute.

When the kettle has boiled pour the water into the tea pot. Now is the time to add the loose leaf tea. You’ll need one heaped teaspoon for every cup of water. A cup is around 240ml so it’s easy to convert between cups and the volume in the kettle. Remember to add an extra spoonful ‘for the pot’.

You can either add the tea directly into the water or use a diffuser that sits inside the pot and allows the flavour to flow. If you do the former, then you’ll need a tea strainer to remove the leaves when pouring.

Leave the tea to brew for as long as you prefer. Make sure it’s at least three minutes but after that it’s down to personal choice for how strong you want your drink to be.

Once brewed pour into another container, and chill in the fridge. You can pour cold water, or ice, into the tea to cool quicker but this will dilute the drink — Something you will need to compensate for by adding more tea at the start.