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Top 10 Iced Teas in Manila
Brewed, shaken, and stirred: SPOT.ph rounds up the best iced brews in town.
Published on: Sep 28, 2011 - 8:49am

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(SPOT.ph) Here’s a tip: don’t ask what’s in an iced tea. Not the amount of sugar, not the lack of tea, and especially not any of the secret ingredients. You either let Grandfather Google warn you of its so-called health risks, or you can turn the other way and accept it as it is—a really refreshing beverage, one of the world’s most popular refreshments, and President Barack Obama’s favorite drink (preferably black forest berry iced tea, we hear).

 

While the history of sweet iced tea is a tad foggy, What's Cooking America noted that serving chilled, green tea-based drinks began as early as the 1800s. By World War II, however, sources for green tea were cut off from the United States, prompting people to make do with the now more popular black tea from India. Soon enough, iced tea became a cultural phenomenon—with every locale serving up its own version. But in a country where iced tea predominantly comes in a foil packet (or a bottle), finding ones that truly stand out taste-wise is a challenge.

 

We say, challenge accepted! Not counting the bottled kind for this list, we set out around Manila looking for the most delicious, thirst-quenching chilled teas available in restaurants and rounded up our favorites. Here, our top picks.

 

Where to go for your iced tea fix. Click for more.

 

Also read: SPOT.ph's Top 10 Bottled Iced Tea

Artwork by Warren Espejo. Photos by Stephanie Niles (California Pizza Kitchen, Sumo Sam) and Sasha Lim Uy (Cibo, Tender Bob's, Kozui, Army Navy, Maitre Chocolatier, M Cafe), Jason Mariposa (Lugang, Banana Leaf).



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66 Comments
  • anton abesamis
    drinks are costly nowadays as well even iced tea , I make my own using Tetley tea= boil water first add your tea bud and then get lots of ice cubes and add this to the tea. Do not add sugar, use organic agave ( this looks like honey and also kind of sticky), makes your tea sweet and masarap ito.
    Apr 29 2012 @ 11:17am     Reply  
  • Simone
    WENDY'S AND TATERS!!
    Apr 07 2012 @ 02:03pm     Reply  
  • Chad Enriquez
    Cibo mint iced tea is the best of the best.
    Mar 14 2012 @ 10:21am     Reply  
  • Anj
    Tropical Mango Fruit Tea of My SerendipiTea in Timog, Q.C.
    Mar 06 2012 @ 11:27pm     Reply  
  • butchgonzalez
    Uno Restaurant
    Mar 06 2012 @ 11:13pm     Reply  
  • jing
    Bottomless iced tea ng Choco Kiss! There's a branch in UPD! The best :">
    Nov 01 2011 @ 12:57am     Reply  
  • isabelle
    you guys really need to check out faburrito at the columns ayala. probably the only one mentioned WITHOUT sugar and uses real fruit.
    Oct 31 2011 @ 04:12pm     Reply  
  • mau
    Wendy's, Luk Yuen
    Oct 31 2011 @ 03:12pm     Reply  
  • brighside
    Wendy's? Chocolate Kiss? Kitchen?
    Oct 31 2011 @ 02:41pm     Reply  
  • zymesh
    Wendy's, Cibo, Army Navy, "All My Tea"rnrnTokyo Tokyo Ice tea = Nestea+Red Grenadin (nothing special there)
    Oct 28 2011 @ 11:32pm     Reply  
  • michaela duque
    the famous ToKYO TOKYO RED Iced tea
    Oct 28 2011 @ 11:24pm     Reply  
  • diana d.
    I guess the author hasn't tried the iced tea from Wendy's.
    Oct 22 2011 @ 02:01am     Reply  
  • whoa...
    Wendy's and/or Tater's Iced Tea is the best... This is what we usually order when in Glorietta 4, Makati.
    Oct 12 2011 @ 11:15am     Reply  
  • icedtea
    SUZHOU Dimsum Mandaluyong / Promenade Iced Tea !! Fresh tea leaves + fruit combo.
    Oct 11 2011 @ 01:13pm     Reply  
  • pektus
    have the one who did the list even tried bon chon's iced tea?
    Oct 11 2011 @ 11:35am     Reply  
  • dragoneye
    Wendy's is the best. Alfredo's (steak house) is a close second.
    Oct 08 2011 @ 03:20pm     Reply  
  • mmmmm
    What's new? Lagi namang wala sa hinugot ang top 10 ng spot eh. Ok lang basahin pero not credible ang lists nila.
    Oct 08 2011 @ 05:39am     Reply  
  • jamiepaula
    CHEF'S GALLEY CAFE's BUTTERFLY ICED TEArnrnlocated at cc.benitez st. cubao qc!
    Oct 07 2011 @ 10:05am     Reply  
  • webby
    ChocoKiss Cafe!
    Oct 07 2011 @ 01:18am     Reply  
  • deegee
    all in the list can only be second to WENDY'S..
    Oct 06 2011 @ 10:07pm     Reply  
  • tc
    Pancake House has a decent house blend :)
    Oct 06 2011 @ 07:33pm     Reply  
  • pric
    Chocolate Kiss and Bulgogi Brothers
    Oct 06 2011 @ 10:11am     Reply  
  • ja
    WENDY'S!!! :)
    Oct 05 2011 @ 11:47pm     Reply  
  • peachy
    What about Century Park Hotel's Lychee Iced Tea? It's so yummy!
    Oct 04 2011 @ 04:50pm     Reply  
  • diane balite
    WENDY's ICE TEA is LOVE LOVE LOVE
    Oct 04 2011 @ 01:56pm     Reply  
  • diane balite
    wendy's ice tea is ♥
    Oct 04 2011 @ 01:55pm     Reply  
  • batangala
    I love wendy's iced tea
    Oct 04 2011 @ 01:17pm     Reply  
  • mary ann mendiola
    lhat ng iced tea gusto ko matikman hahaha.. can you give me some ideas san po me mkatikim ng pinaka yummy and pinaka msarap na iced here in the metro..
    Oct 04 2011 @ 11:51am     Reply  
  • beth
    oo nga. why is wendy's iced tea not in the choices? add wendy's and that will make it to the top 5 if not the top choice.
    Oct 03 2011 @ 06:40pm     Reply  
  • terrence
    mamou, hands down
    Oct 03 2011 @ 05:52pm     Reply  
  • lurker
    Parang di mahilig mag-order ng iced tea nagsulat nito. Wendy's, Sbarro's raspberry iced tea, Pho Hoa/Lemongrass, Mangan. Pero Wendy's talaga!
    Oct 03 2011 @ 03:26pm     Reply  
  • jts
    wendys, banapple, CPK's raspberry, chili's, gloria maris=))
    Oct 03 2011 @ 02:00pm     Reply  
  • ron
    life coffee & tea, mangan
    Oct 03 2011 @ 04:28am     Reply  
  • percy
    Unbelievable. Whoever made this list should be berated for missing Wendy's.rnrnAt the very least, Wency's iced tea should have been included in the top 10. How could iced teas from places like Lugang, Kozui, M Cafe etc make it when hordes of people queue at Wendy's to buy Biggie iced tea?rnrnTsk. Tsk. Tsk. Hindi credible itong list. Sinuman nagsulat ay dapat pang umikot sa Metro Manila at uminom pa ng mas maraming iced tea sa iba't ibang lugar.rnrnOh well, my other all time favorite iced tea is at Trellis. Gong Cha is also good.
    Oct 02 2011 @ 07:06pm     Reply  
  • c
    WENDY'S!!!
    Oct 02 2011 @ 05:46pm     Reply  
  • monique
    Figarro and Wendys!
    Oct 02 2011 @ 05:25am     Reply  
  • lei
    Wendy's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oct 01 2011 @ 09:25pm     Reply  
  • replikate
    I agree with the Wendy's iced tea fans!
    Oct 01 2011 @ 04:03pm     Reply  
  • kyxz
    chocolate kiss ice tea is not included?
    Oct 01 2011 @ 11:15am     Reply  
  • chuva
    Pho ha ice tea wla din.
    Oct 01 2011 @ 10:57am     Reply  
  • jen
    Wendy's. Tokyo Tokyo and CPK's raspberry ice tea are my top faves!
    Sep 29 2011 @ 09:05pm     Reply  
  • nunsee
    Wendy's and Tater's!!!
    Sep 29 2011 @ 11:24am     Reply  
  • vampy
    Sakae Sushi's iced green tea is the best for me. Not too sweet and no bitter after taste.
    Sep 29 2011 @ 10:37am     Reply  
  • miss_hyde
    KXP iced tea is d best for me!
    Sep 29 2011 @ 02:40am     Reply  
  • krc
    Gerry's Special Iced TearnWendy's Iced TearnTokyo Tokyo’s Red Iced Tea rnBannapple's Home Made Iced TearnIced Tea from CBTLrn
    Sep 29 2011 @ 12:36am     Reply  
  • paul
    no Wendy's? :|
    Sep 29 2011 @ 12:17am     Reply  
  • ie
    Taters and Gerry's special iced tea :)
    Sep 28 2011 @ 11:10pm     Reply  
  • c.a.
    Right, chocolate kiss iced tea should be in the list.
    Sep 28 2011 @ 10:35pm     Reply  
  • highanddry
    SEx and C2
    Sep 28 2011 @ 10:30pm     Reply  
  • scarab
    ...taters.
    Sep 28 2011 @ 08:43pm     Reply  
  • random foodie
    Omakase ice tea is also good
    Sep 28 2011 @ 06:20pm     Reply  
  • not a tea lover
    no tokyo tokyo?
    Sep 28 2011 @ 06:03pm     Reply  
  • babbling_ape
    Hey! How come Wendy's Iced Tea ain't included? I am a big fan of Iced Teas and i think it's unfair that Wendy's ain't on the list... You should also check out ChaTime.... :)
    Sep 28 2011 @ 05:57pm     Reply  
  • petra
    nestea lang yung jack's loft!
    Sep 28 2011 @ 05:56pm     Reply  
  • daquiri
    I go for Cibo, Via Mare and UCC.
    Sep 28 2011 @ 03:50pm     Reply  
  • bookworm_16
    Ice tea from Max's.
    Sep 28 2011 @ 03:37pm     Reply  
  • ellie
    Wendy's!!!
    Sep 28 2011 @ 03:12pm     Reply  
  • travis
    Libertea of army navy is good. Also, bannapple's home made iced tea is very refreshing. :-)
    Sep 28 2011 @ 03:00pm     Reply  
  • mardo
    iced tea of Wnedy's and Figaro
    Sep 28 2011 @ 02:53pm     Reply  
  • hay naku
    iced tea at wendy's!!! and also Jack's Loft!!!
    Sep 28 2011 @ 01:39pm     Reply  
  • jio
    Bonchon!!!!!!
    Sep 28 2011 @ 01:00pm     Reply  
  • tin
    Wendy's iced tea :)
    Sep 28 2011 @ 12:59pm     Reply  
  • psych
    Where's the iced tea from Chocolate Kiss?
    Sep 28 2011 @ 12:46pm     Reply  
  • tea lover
    Mary Grace's flavored iced teas are also a must try! I like the peppermint iced tea, very refreshing.
    Sep 28 2011 @ 12:28pm     Reply  
  • lalaland
    Silk at Serendra has this amazing lemongrass Iced Tea. You should try that. Not too sweet and has a subtle herbal aromatic characteristic. Parang spa.
    Sep 28 2011 @ 12:17pm     Reply  
  • isabel ramos
    Yes Cibo has fantastic iced tea!
    Sep 28 2011 @ 11:01am     Reply  
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