Iced tea time

PCC Taste | July 2011

iced tea

Perkier than water and milder than soda, iced tea delivers a refreshing happy medium on hot summer days, with new blends and options emerging quicker than we can sip.

For years, iced tea drinkers took it Southern sweet or British brisk, lemon wedges afloat in cups or glasses with ice that sloshed and tinkled with each sip. Now, fans can choose traditional favorites or intriguing varieties including earthy pu-erh, flowery jasmine and lofty white teas, each infused or blended with various fruits, herbs and fellow teas.

Much of PCC's selection is derived from organic or fairly traded tea and/or culinary herbs for pure, satisfying flavor. Our energizing iced green and oolong teas offer a healthy energy boost any time of day and pair well with salads, Asian-inspired cuisine from our deli and seafood. Reach for Teas'Tea Jasmine Green or Golden Oolong, Ito En's Sencha Shot and Oolong Shot, Tazo Tea's Giant Peach Green Tea and Honest Tea's Peach Oo-la-long.

Look to yerba mate blends like Empower Mint and Pure Passion from Guayaki for an all-natural afternoon pick-me-up. It's the herbal beverage of choice for many in South America, robust, earthy and friendly. On the other end of the spectrum, light, bright white teas, like Honest Tea's Pearfect White or Tazo Tea's White Cranberry, are an ideal choice for those whose taste buds prefer to take it easy and let the fruit do the talking.

Brew your own batch at home by the glass or by the pitcher with cold brew tea bags. Celestial Seasonings offers four fruity flavors. Twinings of London offers English Classic, a traditional black that's an ideal blank slate for concocting your own blends.

by Karen Gaudette, PCC Taste, July 2011

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Add slices of citrus, fresh berries, coarsely chopped mint leaves, pitted cherries. Freeze the fruit for a different take.

Like it sweeter? Add sugar, honey or agave nectar as it brews.

For chilled tea, sugar, fruit juice or fruit purees may be your best bet. Or, mix with lemonade and create an Arnold Palmer. Maintain your tea's potency by freezing some of the tea into ice cubes so that they won't dilute your drink as they melt.

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