'Smoky' is not usually a flavour we would associate with a sweet iced tea, especially a milky tea. But trust us- this iced tea will surprise you.
We formally introduce you to our own recipe, the Austin Iced Tea: A smooth and creamy tea that is both sweet and smoky, sweetened with Canadian maple syrup and finished with a pouring of milk, over ice.
One of our favourite things to do is find new ways of enjoying tea, and one of the seeming harder teas to work with is Lapsang Souchong.
Lapsang Souchong is a black tea from the Wuyi Mountain area of Fujian province China. The tea leaves are smoked over a pine wood fire, imparting a deep smoky aroma and flavour. A very versatile tea, Lapsang Souchong can also be used as a natural seasoning in the culinary world.
So, this weekend we decided to try a new way of enjoying Lapsang Souchong, and surprised even ourselves with how well this iced tea recipe worked!
AUSTIN ICED TEA
Recipe Makes 1 glass
3/4 glass of ice
1/2 cup of pre-brewed Lapsang Souchong tea
1/2 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of Canadian maple syrup
TO MAKE THE TEA BASE:
3 teaspoons of Lapsang Souchong tea
1 1/2 cups of freshly boiled water
Steep the tea for 4 minutes, then cool in the fridge
(you may have left over tea base, keep for another drink!)
For this Austin Iced Tea, you are simply building the ingredients over ice.
Start with the tea base, followed by the maple syrup. We pour the milk last, so you can control the amount and because it looks beautiful whirl-pooling with the tea!
Be sure to give it a quick stir, so the maple syrup does not settle to the bottom.
Most of all, enjoy!!!