I’m English, so it’s a natural that I like tea. Somewhere along the way, though, I decided that hot tea wasn’t so much my thing and now it’s evolved into my preference for iced tea. No soda, just about zero beer, an occasional glass of wine or mojito, but generally if I have a glass in my hand it’s either water or iced tea. And it’s usually iced tea.
At the same time, living in dry Colorado I’ve learned it’s easy to become dehydrated and at altitude that can lead to lethargy, headaches, and even yechy skin. None of which are good. As a result, I have a bunch of water bottles and every morning fill one up with the goal of consuming all 32oz by the end of the day (in addition to all the other beverages I consume in a typical day, at least another 32oz of liquids).
When I was given the chance to participate in a Bigelow Tea campaign I decided I’d experiment with merging the two, with trying different teabags and combinations to create the perfect water bottle iced tea.
How’d I do? Well, first I’ll share that it’s the worlds easiest way to make iced tea. You can even toss the teabags into a bottle of ice water swimming with ice cubes. I know, I’ve done it. Give it an hour or so to steep and with one enthusiastic shake it’s all mixed up and delicious!
If you’ve a delicate, refined palette, you might want to fish the teabags out (or brew the iced tea in a pitcher then pour just the liquid into your water bottle) but I long ago killed my taste buds with a liberal dose of super-spicy foods. I find the iced tea water to be delicious even after the tea bags have been sitting in it for a few hours.
I experimented with three flavors of Bigelow tea: Lemon Ginger, Peach and Mint. My conclusion: two mint medley teabags for the 32oz bottle with a very generous portion of ice cubes to bring the temperature down, letting it steep for 30 minutes, and you have a delicious bottle of iced mint tea.
The only wrinkle: Make sure you disassemble and properly clean your water bottle every 4-5 days so that it doesn’t get, uhhhm, gross.
The experience of shopping for the tea was interesting too as K- and I decided we’d go to Wal*Mart. Yup, hadn’t been there in years, but I was impressed by the rather bewildering array of tea options available, as you can see on my Google Plus photo album and here in these few pics:
Look a little closer and you can see that as with everything else on the marketplace shelves nowadays, different companies have been doing a good job with package design and higher quality printing that’s now a low-cost option:
… including, of course, Bigelow itself. Here are two of the three teas that were the basis for my experiments:
I really like the retro artwork and notice the price versus quantity. $2.24 for 20 teabags works out to a mere $0.11 per cup (or $0.22 per water bottle of refreshing iced tea!) so it’s got to be one of the least expensive beverages on the market. How can you go wrong? Give it a shot, let me know if your results were good!
For more information on Bigelow teas, recipes that are all generally a bit more shall we say “mainstream”, and coupons you can visit the official Bigelow Tea website. Really into their teas? Nice. Hook up with them on Twitter and Facebook.