To make iced tea this summer, you don’t necessarily have to turn on the kettle – you could cold brew some tea instead. Instead of steeping the tea hot for 2 – 3 minutes, you could steep it cold in your refrigerator for 10 to 30 minutes. That way you could make tea ready for whatever outing you’re going on, you can even do it in your water bottle while you get ready and take it with you when you start your day.
Even so, you don’t have to worry too much about the exact timing of the steeping. It cold water, tea leaves infuse much more slowly so it is harder to make that batch of tea too bitter. The cold brewing method also works well for all manner of teas, black, green, or even some herbal teas. Many who cold brew can keep many bottles of cold brewed tea in their fridge at a time to have all sorts of tea options.
Here is the basic recipe for making a batch of cold tea via naturallifemom.com :
How to Make Cold-brewed Tea
1. Place about 2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea in a liter bottle of water.
2. Place in the refrigerator and steep for at least 2 hours, or for 10-30 minutes at room temperature.
3. Drink it cold, straight from the fridge without any ice to dilute the flavor (my preference) or serve over ice.
and you have cold brewed tea. You can also add any sweeteners if needed like honey or sugar. I’m sure that this recipe could easily translate into making a nice sweet tea as well. To make this even easier for all of us on the go, there are many water bottles or even water bottle tops you could buy that allow you to just take the bottle and drink through the day, without having to strain or choke on tea leaves.
So happy cold brewing! There are tons of varieties of good tea you could use to cool off in the summer heat. You could even make your day rosy by mixing roses into your tea blend or a little tart by mixing in lemons. There is so much you can brew.