I like the health benefits of green tea, but I'm not too hip on the taste of it. To remedy this, when I make a half gallon of iced tea, I use 4 green tea bags and 4 regular (black) tea bags, instead of all regular tea bags. There's just enough regular tea to balance out with taste of the green tea. Plus, I now get the antioxidant benefits of both kinds of tea!
I like the taste of flavored teas, but making iced tea with them can get expensive if you drink a lot of it like I do. My solution is to use anywhere from 1 to 4 flavored tea bags and 4 regular tea bags mixed together when making a half gallon of iced tea. I usually use 4 flavored and 4 regular bags, so I get a hint of the flavor in the tea, without it being overpowering. Makes a 20-tea bag box last a long time. You can mix flavored herbal tea and black tea, green tea with herbal tea, white tea and black tea, red tea and black tea, etc. The possibilities are endless, and you can experiment to come up with some great flavor combinations!
My husband used to drink a lot of bottled "iced tea" that was too sweet and too expensive. I weaned him off it by placing a dispenser jug from a thrift shop in the frig and keeping cold tea in it at all times. (it's made by just putting black tea bags in the water and letting it steep.) Not too strong, but that cuts down on the caffeine, too.
The best way to make tea for me is to microwave a family size tea bag (I really like Tetley, Lipton seems to fall apart and tea leaves go everywhere) in a cup of water for a couple of minutes until it is boiling. After the water has boiled, first put your sugar/sweetener in the tea pitcher then take a spoon (usually use a wooden one) and poor the tea water in the pitcher. Now just keep refilling water in the cup with the tea bag, your sugar will melt and you have got the best tea ever! It saves you time, and I save on using only one tea bag. I always get compliments on my tea!
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First of all - never put iced tea in a plastic pitcher - the acidity of tea leaches chemicals out of the plastic. Second - try making refrigerator tea! It is fantastic, I just did it for my first time yesterday. I put 4 tea bags in a glass pitcher filled with cold water (I used bottled since our tap water isn't great). After 2 or 3 hours the iced tea will be brewed and ready. Or you can leave bags in for up to 12 hours, I think. Add lemon and sugar (or sugar syrup) to taste. It won't cloud.