Summer is officially here, which means I'm about to get a terrible case of the lazies. Nothing saps my energy quite like the hot summer sun, so I spend my extra time napping in my lounge chair, reading cozy mysteries, and drinking copious amounts of iced tea. With three people in the house we tend to go through a pitcher of tea fairly quickly, so this summer I'm on a mission to come up with a brewing process that even the laziest person won't mind.
Over the past few summers I've tried dedicated cold steeping pitchers and this little steeper that will fit on top of a water bottle, but I feel like things could still be simplified. When I stumbled across these pre-measured iced tea pouches from Art of Tea I knew I had to give them a try. They come pre-filled with enough leaf to make a 2 quart pitcher of tea, so there is no measuring necessary, you just toss them in a pitcher full of cold water and let them steep in the fridge for 8 - 10 hours.
I'm not sure making iced tea can get much easier than that.
There are a number of different flavor options including: classic black, summer peach, meyer lemon, and passionfruit jasmine—which is the tea I'll be reviewing for you today. What I love about the passionfruit jasmine in particular is that it's a blend of black and green teas; it's perfect for those of us who can't decide which way they want to go. Both the black and jasmine green teas that are used as a base for this blend are mild, which really allow the slight floral notes from the jasmine and slightly sweet flavors of the passionfruit shine. This is one of those iced teas I could drink a lot of and not get bored, but even if I did I still have eight other flavors to choose from.
Would I order this again? Yes. You will pay a little extra for the pre-measured pouches, but they make cleanup a breeze, allowing you to get back to your lazy summer day just a little bit faster.