Although an Englishman originally invented it in 1904, historically, iced tea has proven more popular in America than it has in the UK. However, things are beginning to change.
With demand for retro products on the rise, forecasts of the hottest summer yet, and Mintel identifying iced tea as a new area of ‘high growth’ in the UK, consumption is set to rise. To make the most of this, operators can create iced teas with traditional-sounding titles, using cocktail recipes as inspiration.
Tetley’s range of fruit teas and classic blends like Earl Grey can resonate well with iced tea drinkers. For extra appeal, use unusual jugs, glasses and jam jars to show off the bright colours of your blends. These can often be purchased second hand, and mixing and matching different items creates quirkiness and means there is no need to source an entire set.
Preparing iced tea from scratch capitalises on customer demand for authenticity, as syrup and RTD equivalents often have lower tea content and can taste overly sweet. With a foodservice specific range comprising 15 different blends, Tetley offers operators and their customers a highly varied selection to choose from.
Using tea bags is also more cost efficient and opens up the opportunity for personalisation. For example, for customers who prefer a sweeter iced tea, Tetley Green Tea with Lemon can be adapted by adding white granulated sugar, as part of a Green Tea Old Fashioned Lemonade. For a non-caffeinated option, a zingy, sour twist can be added to Tetley Summer Berry and Tetley Cranberry tea with the inclusion of orange peel, creating a Bramble Iced Tea.
Tetley Iced Tea Recipes
Green Tea Old Fashioned Lemonade
Iced tea and lemon is a classic combination. Tetley Green Tea with Lemon offers a refreshing twist on this favourite beverage.
1 Tetley Green Tea with Lemon tea bag
2 tbsp white granulated sugar
Strongly brew the Tetley Green Tea for 2 minutes by adding the tea bag to 200ml of boiling water. Stir in the granulated sugar. Take a 16oz glass, add ice, and pour the tea over top. Add the juice of a lemon and cold water to the top of the glass. Mix well.
Bramble Iced Tea
Chefs have long known that the best food menus follow the seasons, and there’s no reason why your drinks menu shouldn’t either. The combination of Tetley Summer Berry with Tetley Sweet Cranberry creates a deep red cooler infused with hibiscus flavours, sure to catch customers’ eyes.
2 Tetley Cranberry tea bags
2 Tetley Summer Berry tea bags
Brew Tetley Sweet Cranberry and Summer Berry Tea together in 1l of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Discard the tea bag and chill to room temperature. Peel an orange and mingle in a pitcher with ice. Pour tea over and serve.