Iced Tea Sodas

Everyone loves a good glass of fresh tasting iced tea. But what's even better than a glass of iced cold tea? Iced tea with bubbles. Simply make a tea flavoured simple syrup, toss in some ice, and pour over some soda water. It's a great way to make a soda, filled with natural flavours and ingredients, that you'll feel great about serving your family. For this recipe we've used a mix of Peppermint and Earl Grey tea, but feel free to use your favourite teas instead.

YIELDS

4 large (8 oz) glasses, with a little extra to spare

PREP TIME

10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

What you need:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) hot tea, use your favourite flavour.
  • ¾ cup (100 g) Redpath Instant Dissolving Sugar
  • 4 cups (1 L) soda water
  • 4- 8oz glasses
  • Ice, enough to fill your glasses
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

How to prepare:

1. Prepare your favourite tea, making it extra strong. (see chefs tip above, for ways to make the perfect strong tea.)

2. Remove the tea bags from the tea after 5 to 6 minutes.

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3. In a medium bowl add in the Redpath Instant Dissolving Sugar. Pour in the hot tea and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. This should only take about 30 seconds of whisking.

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4. Now you can chill this tea syrup in an airtight container for up to a week, or you can use it right away while it's still warm.

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5. To prepare the sodas, fill your 4 glasses to the top with ice cubes. Measure ¼ cup (60 ml) of tea syrup and pour it over the ice into your glass. Repeat with the other three glasses.

6. Using the freshly opened soda water, fill all 4 glasses almost all the way to the top, leaving enough room to stir in soda.

7. Place in a straw, give the glasses a good swirl to mix the syrup with the soda and you’re ready to serve.

8. You may find the soda to be too sweet, or not sweet enough, so try mixing a few glasses for yourself before serving to your guests. You’ll have enough syrup to do a few test glasses so don’t worry about running out.

9. Let us know what tea flavours you’ve tried in this recipe in the comments below.

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CHEF'S TIPS

 

  • When making any kind of tea for serving iced, be sure to make it extra strong. You can do this one of two ways. First you can let the tea steep 3 times longer than usual, or the second, use 3 times more tea than usual and steep it for the same amount of time. Using more tea will get you a better flavour, and allows you to mix varieties.
  • Might we suggest using a traditional Earl Grey mixed with a little Peppermint? Use 2 Earl Grey tea bags with 1 Peppermint tea bag in 1 ½ cup (375 ml) of water that has been boiled, removed from heat, and rested for 30 seconds. Let the tea steep for 5 to 6 minutes before removing the tea bags.