Hot days call for cool drinks. Iced tea is a long-standing favorite; new, creative combinations can make it even more pleasing. Start with tea bags, then add flavors ― from floral to fruity. Or, in the case of the lemon-mint infusion, skip the tea altogether.
Cool tips. For the most intense flavor, chill the beverages, then add ice. To quick-chill, nest the container in ice water and stir often until the tea is cold, about 20 minutes. Cover and chill up to 2 days. If using loose tea, substitute 1 teaspoon leaves for 1 tea bag.