It’s HOT. You’re dreaming of a world where wearing swimmers to work is accepted practice (corporate cozzies – somebody make this a thing!), your makeup is melting off your face like the Wicked Witch of the West and you’re craving something more refreshing and rewarding than a vending machine buy. Something with just enough caffeine to get you through the day. Minus the milk.
The answer? Iced tea, of course! And we’re don’t mean the cheeky alcoholic stuff – we’re talking the loose-leaf, herbal, organic, homemade, fruity delicious types. Here are our top picks for where to get your iced tea fix in Brisbane:
1. Diego’s Drop Iced Tea Bar, Various Markets
This colourful vendor can be found at many markets around town, including Jan Powers Markets, Metre Market and New Farm Markets to name just a few. All of their green tea-based iced tea flavour, including peach and apple, pomegranate and jasmine (sugar free) is served in ridiculously cute cups featuring their pug Diego!
2. Hierba Santa Organic, Various Markets
When your thirst knows no bounds and you don’t want to circle the stall three times to refill your cup, a litre of Hierba Santa iced tea is your answer (unless you have a small bladder, of course). The stall is popular at Eat Street Markets, West End Markets and Red Hill Markets with herbal infusions and blends that use hibiscus flowers, goji berries, rose hip, safflower, mango and banana pieces, cloves, cinnamon and spearmint. Share with your friends and get them to hold it on the way home – that one-litre cup does not fit in traditional car cup holders so you need a minion for this.
3. Anouk Cafe, Paddington
Anouk Café on Given Terrace proudly supports local producers and suppliers and even brews their own caffeinated lemon, lime and mint iced tea. They also serve plenty of other leaf tea that can be served cold, if you ask nicely!
4. French Twist, Paddington and Bulimba
If iced tea isn’t enough (gasp!), French Twist jam-pack their delicious iced teas with heaps of real fruit pieces for you to eat after! Their watermelon and berry iced tea and goji berry iced tea come served in mason jars for dine-in or a decent see-through takeaway cup for all your Instagram needs. #yum
5. Pig & Kraut: The Ice Tea Man, South Bank
Pig & Kraut, a new German bratwurst venue in South Bank, has partnered with The Ice Tea Man to offer refreshing blends of iced tea brewed fresh from natural and delicious loose-leaf blends, including peach, vintage lemon, raspberry and mint, and lime mojito. If you’re spending the day at the South Bank markets or at Streets Beach, grab some iced tea in a mason jar and treat yourself to $2 refills all day!
6. Kin+Co., Teneriffe
Worried about a lunch date in the middle of summer? Just tell the squad to meet you at Kin+Co. for a "Mayde" organic iced tea. Handmade in Byron Bay and served in a jug, you’ll want this all for yourself. Plus, the hibiscus and lemon myrtle iced tea will only set you back $10 a jug, so it’s totally reasonable to order two!
7. Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen, West End
Did you know you could get sparkling iced tea beverages in Brisbane? Neither did we… until now! The Miss Bliss Foraging Berry iced tea is a refreshing orange-infused cold brew with berries and basil. They also offer a hibiscus tea frappe with watermelon, cucumber and lime. Our mouths are watering!
8. Pompidou Café, Balmoral
Want some iced tea with a hint of vanilla? Pompidou Cafe sell a homemade vanilla slice iced tea with strawberry, apple, orange and mint by the glass.
9. Flowers of the World, South Bank
This organic café doubles as a florist, so you can stop to smell the roses as you sip on your lemon, peach or mango iced tea by the Byron Bay Tea Company. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself with an organic meal and a new floral arrangement or posy to take home.
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