How do you make the most perfect iced tea? You cold brew it! It’s super easy and takes just a few seconds to prep.
For the very best cold brewed tea, I used loose leaf tea, not tea bags, but if you don’t have any loose tea, tea bags will work in a pinch.
Any type of tea can be used to cold brew. From white tea to black tea to herbals. If you’ve only used tea bags for iced tea, try cold brewing with: Peach Blossom white tea, Sencha green tea, milk oolong tea, English Breakfast black tea, or an herbal hibiscus ginger.
Why is cold brewing the best method for iced tea? The slow and gentle steeping creates a much sweeter and smoother tea so you don’t have to worry about it being harshly bitter. Also, there’s less caffeine in a cold brew so you can drink more of it without getting super jittery.
The cold brew tea process shown in three steps.
Step 1: Tea goes into a container with water
Step 2: Container goes into the refrigerator for eight hours or overnight
Step 3: Strain tea leaves and you’re left with gorgeous cold brewed tea.
I tend to like my cold brew as is, but feel free to add honey or simple syrup to sweeten.
How to Make the Very Best Iced Tea (Cold-Brew it!)
Makes 1 cup
1 cup water (filtered will taste best)
1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea (or 1 tea bag)
In a jar or pitcher, stir in a teaspoon of loose leaf tea for every cup of cold or room temperature water. Cover and refrigerate for about eight hours or overnight. Strain tea leaves and discard. Tea can be stored in refrigerator for up to five days.