- The type and temperature of water you use will greatly affect the taste
- Properly brewed teas will have a clear, consistent color
- It's best to use loose leaf 'broken' tea for optimal flavor
(CNN)Iced tea is made for summer. It's there to quench your thirst in the heat, to tote to countless cookouts, and to leisurely sip on a front porch swing. Best of all, it's a breeze to make. All you need is tea and water, plus a little sugar if you're so inclined.