Pina Colada Iced Tea Recipe

As the weather warms up we start to turn to iced teas over our traditional hot tea. Our refreshing Pina Colada black tea makes for a wonderful iced tea that is both flavoursome and refreshing. It’s also a little different to anything else you can readily buy on the market and will impress your friends and family with it’s fabulous flavours.

Makes 1.5 ltrs

Ingredients:

20g (10 teaspoons) Pina Colada Black Tea

3 cups of boiled water

1 cup of chilled pineapple juice

2 teaspoons of caster sugar

6 cups of ice cubes 

Pineapple, orange and lime slices for garnish (extra if you like fruit in your iced tea) – optional

Instructions:

We used a Leaf & Bean iced tea jug for this recipe and it was fabulous!  It has a removable cylinder in the middle that’s designed to be frozen (I leave mine in the freezer so it’s ready to go whenever I need it). This particular iced tea jug also has a removable tea infuser so you can remove it and stop the leaves from overbrewing and getting bitter. So overall it’s very functional.

Using the Leaf & Bean Iced Tea Jug or Similar

  1. Scoop your tea into the infuser of the jug, attach it back onto the lid.
  2. Pour 3 cups of boiled water into your jug.
  3. Immerse your tea infuser of Pina Colada into the boiled water and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Try not to oversteep as it may become a little bitter.
  4. Remove the leaves from the hot water. Empty the infuser and replace the leaves with pieces of cut up lime and orange (optional) but keep aside for now.
  5. Add the caster sugar to the tea and stir until dissolved.
  6. Allow the tea to cool for a few minutes whilst you cut up some fruit that your using for garnishing your glasses (optional). 
  7. Add the chilled pineapple juice and stir. 
  8. Put the lid back on the jug (and the infuser filled with fruit if you’re using it or the frozen cylinder if you’re using that) but be sure to make sure the slotted section of the lid matches up with the pouring spout.
  9. Add ice cubes to your glasses and pour the tea over the ice and serve. Sometimes, instead of placing fruit in the infuser I’ll make juice or fruit ice cubes to use instead of normal ice cubes. This works a treat and tends to stop the iced tea from getting too watery, which can sometimes be the case if you’ve made up a hot iced tea and pouring it over ice. That’s why you need to use more tea when using this method. 

For When You Don’t Have A Special Iced Tea Jug

If you don’t have a special iced tea jug then you can follow these instructions instead, using a standard large mixing bowl (with a pouring spout), a sieve and a standard jug or carafe.

  1. Scoop your tea leaves into a large mixing bowl that has a pouring spout on it, but leave your tea leaves loose. This will allow the leaves to expand properly and will release more flavour this way.
  2. Pour 3 cups of boiled water into your bowl.
  3. Allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Try not to oversteep as it may become a little bitter. 
  4. Remove the leaves by pouring your tea through a sieve and into a jug or carafe. Some may find it easier to pour from one mixing bowl into another, using the sieve to strain the leaves and then pour the tea into a jug or carafe.
  5. Add the caster sugar and stir until dissolved.
  6. Allow the tea to cool for a few minutes whilst you cut up some fruit that your using for garnishing your glasses (optional). 
  7. Add the chilled pineapple juice and stir. You could also add some sliced lime and orange (optional).
  8. Add ice cubes to your glasses and pour the tea over the ice and serve. Sometimes, instead of placing fruit in the jug I’ll make juice or fruit ice cubes to use instead of normal ice cubes. This works a treat and tends to stop the iced tea from getting too watery, which can sometimes be the case if you’ve made up a hot iced tea and pouring it over ice. That’s why you need to use more tea when using this method. 

Enjoy!