The best quality Darjeeling is what makes the best brewed iced tea. The rich and smoky flavor of this black Indian tea holds up well in iced preparations. Not easily diluted with a few ice cubes a few sprigs of fresh mint soften the flavor. I prefer mine without sugar.
8 Cups Fresh Water
1/2 Ounce or 3 Large Tablespoons of Darjeeling Tea Leaves
7 Fresh Mint Leaves
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Superfine Sugar (Optional)
Fresh Mint Leaves For Garnish (Optional)
Bring the water to a rolling boil in a tea kettle over a high heat. Combine the tea and mint leaves in a paper coffee filter. Twist the filter closed to fully enclose the contents. If it looks at all insecure you should tie the filter with a piece of kitchen string. Place the filter package into a heat resistant 3 quart pitcher. Add the boiling water to the pitcher. Make sure to pour the water directly over the filter package. Allow to steep for 7 minutes. Remove the filter package pressing it with the back of a spoon to get all of the moisture from the tea leaves. Be careful not to tear open the filter or you will end up with a tea leaf mess. Stir in the lemon juice and the sugar. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Fill tall glasses with ice and pour the tea into them. Garnish with additional mint leaves if you like. Makes 2 quarts.