How to brew the perfect iced tea
There are a few different ways to brew iced tea, but I’ve found that cold brewing iced tea is the easiest (and tastiest) solution. It’s really how to brew the perfect iced tea in my opinion.
I grew up placing about 5 tea bags of black bagged tea dust in a pot of water on the stove and bringing the water to boil.
When I became an adult, it would never fail that I would let the water boil too long reducing the water by half and making a dark murky mess. The tea was salvageable though because I would dilute the blend with ice or add lots of sugar or lemon to cut the astringent flavor.
But sugar isn’t the solution to solving your iced tea problems.
Cold brewing eliminates the possibility of getting bitter tea, and it’s a much simpler process.
All you have to do is place tea in a container of your choosing (I like the Mist Glass Iced Tea Jug), add cold water, then place the container in the refrigerator.
Some things to know about cold brewing tea.
- You can place as much tea in your container as you like; you can’t add too much tea. It won’t get bitter.
- You will get a pleasant brew after about an hour in the refrigerator, but you’ll have a more robust brew if you leave it overnight. Because you’re not cooking the tea, your iced tea won’t be bitter, so just leave the tea in your water.
- Leave the tea in the container. You just have to strain it out when you pour. (That’s why I like the Mist Iced Tea Jug – it strains as you pour.)
- You can continue to add water to the container all week, and extract more flavor from the tea leaves.
- You can leave the tea and your brew in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Cold brewing works with herbal blends as well as tea.
How to Brew Iced Tea
Here’s the 2 step cold brew process.
Note: you may be thinking, can’t I just make sun tea? If you don’t know what sun tea is, it’s placing tea in water and placing it in the sun to brew. This is usually safe, but leaving the container out may lead to bacteria forming. It’s not a bad way, it’s just not my favorite given the chance of bacteria growing.
My favorite iced tea is brewed with Lucia. Lucia is a hand-blended organic tea infusion is a pepperminty twist on iced tea that is super refreshing. Try it here. (I suggest the large one if you’re cold brewing.)
To add a little pizzaz to your iced tea, consider brewing your tea with fresh mint leaves, licorice root or stevia. Then you can add mint or basil leaves to garnish your cup.
What’s licorice root? It’s a root. Here’s an organic one I love. Although it’s called “licorice” root, it doesn’t taste like licorice. In fact, the candy you may or may not like is usually flavored with variations on star anise and fennel.
Want more ideas to create a tea blend for your cold brewing experiment? Click here to get the free guide I give students in my tea blending class.