In Florida we never really experience the depth of winter weather that the rest of the US must endure. Consequently we continue drinking iced tea all year round. According to USA Tea Council, 85% of Americans choose to drink their tea iced so there is still a lot of iced tea drunk this time of year. And as Hot Tea month comes to an end, I want to share a great way to make iced tea that it works really well for us at Local Tea Company. We think you will love it too.
Cold brewing loose leaf tea is simple and yields consistent results with little effort involved. This method of brewing is for true teas, it may work for some herbals but in our experience is not a suitable method for making iced Rooibos as this requires hot water to release flavor.
Do not limit yourself to a particular tea. We cold brew black, oolong, green and white tea with equally good results. You may be surprised at an Earl Grey and even our Lapsang Souchong is excellent cold brewed.
Let’s get started.
- Good water always makes a difference. If your local water is heavily contaminated with chlorine this will affect the final taste. Choose filtered water for best results.
- Quality loose leaf tea will give you the best taste but this is also a good way to use tea bags you have had in your pantry for too long. Life is too short to drink lousy tea, so mix and match and use it!
- Next you will need some T Sacs. Put your tea in the T SAC, but don’t pack it too full to allow room for infusion and flavor to release. Use a second T SAC rather than overpacking. A tea maker such as the Timolina or Magic Filter works exceptionally well.
- The quantity of tea will depend on your personal preference but as a guide we use 30gm or around 1 oz of tea per gallon. This works out to a teaspoon for 8-10oz of water in case you are making a smaller quantity. We suggest you try different measurements and times to achieve the taste you like the best.
- Fill a sealed container with cold water and place the T sac with the tea in cold water and then straight into the refrigerator for a period of 10-18 hours or longer. The tea will be deeper in color and flavor if infused for a longer time. Take the tea out of the water after 24 hours as we have found leaving the tea in the container will cause the tea to spoil faster.
This slow, gentle process results in a much smoother, naturally clear, clean and sweet tasting tea that will last for 3 days. Do not be tempted to keep your tea too long and risk the possibility of spoilage. We are confident this is unlikely to happen as you will love the taste so much you will want to drink more!
Make up a gallon right now and enjoy it tomorrow.
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