Did you know June is National Iced Tea Month? We can’t think of any better way to cool off and enjoy a drink as delicious and good for you as home brewed cold tea.
We are taking a spin on the classic ice tea and introducing you how to make cold steeped tea- which does not involve any ice. Since we are not steeping the tea with hot water, the tea leaves are extracted much slower. The result is a lighter bodied flavour so there’s no worrying about over-steeping.
There is a wide range in the suggested steeping times ( anywhere from 2 -12 hrs) and that’s due to personal preference- play around with your brew and find your perfect balance. It’s as simple as taking a sip to see if you like the current flavour profile or feel like it needs more steeping time.
We have simplified in 5 easy steps how to achieve home cold brewed tea with any of your favourite types of tea.
Step 1: Place 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea, such as Berry Me In Kisses, into the pitcher or jar. You can place them in an infuser or allow them to freely roam around, steep and release all their flavours.
Step 2: Pour 2 cups of room temperature or cold water into the pitcher. Feel free to add in some seasonal fruits to cold steep along with the tea.
Step 3: Cover the pitcher and place in the refrigerator. See the chart below as a guide to start until you find your perfect steeping mix.
Step 4: After cold steeping, take a sip and see if you’ve reached your ideal brew time. If you think it was steeping for too long and is now too strong, simply mix in more cold water. Once you have reached your ideal cold brew taste, pour it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the loose leaf tea.
Step 5: Easiest step of all.. pour yourself a glass, sit back and enjoy! Happy Sipping!