Summer is here. And, that can be a tricky season for many tea lovers. If you are one of them and thought to yourself that you are not going to be able to brew tea in the summer, we’ve got a solution for you. It’s cold-brew iced tea. This is the perfect drink for hot summer days. It’s easy to brew, has great taste and will refresh you just the way it should in the summer. So, in this article we’ll share tips on how to make the best cold-brew iced tea.
What You Need for Cold-Brew Iced Tea
These are the ingredients and teaware you’ll need in order to make cold-brew iced tea.
1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea or 1 tea bag of any tea ranging from black and white to herbal tea
A strainer for filtering loose tea leaves
1 teaspoon for measuring loose tea leaves
1 pitcher or 1 jar to steep and store cold tea
Other possible add-ins: sweeteners, sliced lemon, sliced cucumber, ice cubes, fresh mint leaves
Steps for Making Cold-Brew Iced Tea
The first thing you need is a jar or a pitcher (or both) depending on which one you prefer. Then, pour fresh water into the jar and add 1 tablespoon of loose leaf tea or 1 bag for every cup of water.
Here’s a tip in case you are using tea bags. For the best taste, cut off the corners of bags and pour the loose tea into the jar. If you the process to be less complicated, simply put the whole tea bags into the jar. The taste will be almost the same.
The next step is to cover your jar or a pitcher and put it into the refrigerator over night. Of course, the type of tea determines the steeping time over. In case you are using green or white tea, make sure to steep it for 6 to 8 hours over night. On the other hand, steeping time for oolong and black tea is 8 to 12 hours.
Straining and Serving Iced Tea
After steeping the tea in a jar over night, it’s time to strain it. In order to do that, you can use a strainer and simply strain loose leaf tea out of the jar. In case you are using tea bags, just pull them out.
The last step before serving your iced tea is to add additional add-ins we listed above. It can be anything from ice cubes, sliced lemon, sweeteners of any kind or fresh mint.
Finally, serve your cold-brew iced tea and impress your friends and family!
Summer is here and so are the hot summer days. If you are craving for a delicious and easy to make drink, try making cold-brew iced tea and you’ll be amazed how refreshing and tasty it is. Until you get your hands on it, visit Teabloom for many more ideas and tea recipes that will blow you away.