Tea experts T2 highlight why we should be brewing our own iced tea during the hot weather

Homemade iced tea is the new trend infiltrating barbecues, picnics and beach parties throughout the UK this summer, and it’s a trend we’re on board with.

Historically we’re not as familiar with making our own iced tea as our neighbours across the pond and down under, but the sun has been shining this summer, and Brits have started swapping shop-bought iced tea for refreshing homemade brews.

Here are just a few reasons why you should be drinking homemade iced tea this summer…

It’s customisable

The beauty of brewing your own iced-tea is that you can put in whatever you like – add in your favourite fruits and flavours to make a personalised iced tea that panders to your taste buds. Herbs can give your iced tea an extra something special, use lavender or mint for a refreshing summery flavour.

Brewing with loose-leaf teas opens up a huge range that can be mixed together and it’s a great way to spend a summer’s afternoon trying out different flavour combinations – experimenting is part of the fun.

It’s perfect for families

Homemade brews contain much less sugar than bottled iced teas, fruit juices and cocktails. Making it yourself means that you’re in control of the sugar content – swapping sugar and syrups for natural fruits will make a healthy sweet treat suitable for both adults and kids. There’s also loads of healthy teas out there you can use – matcha tea is a natural detoxifier packed with antioxidants, and it’s been proven to boost metabolism and burn calories.

It’s a great substitute for alcohol

Homemade iced tea makes a perfect mocktail. With more and more people opting for sobriety, it’s a great alternative beverage to serve at your summer parties. You can create your own mix to resemble a jug of Pimms and it will be just as, if not more, refreshing.

Brands like T2 have brews that are perfect for creating cocktail-style iced teas such as Strawberries & Cream (virgin strawberry daiquiris anyone?) or Pineapple Basil Dazzle for a pina colada style mocktail. However, nothing’s stopping you from adding some gin or rum if you fancy a tipsy afternoon.

It’s photogenic

As you can see, homemade iced tea is not only delicious and refreshing, but it looks beautiful too. Imagine sitting in the sun with your sunnies on, you’re sipping on a gorgeous colourful cold brew, the sun’s glistening off the ice and you’re making all your Instagram followers thirsty and jealous with your perfect summery snap.

It’s better for the environment

If you’re an avid bottled iced tea drinker, trading bottled iced tea for homemade could make a huge difference on your plastic usage. T2’s Jug-a-lot is designed specifically for homemade iced tea making, use it again and again to avoid using throwaway plastics!

For more tea inspo, visit: t2tea.com