A cool and refreshing iced green tea brightened with fresh mint. There are two essential things that make the best iced green tea and it’ll completely change the way you make iced tea!
Iced Green Tea
Making iced green tea isn’t too hard since it’s just brewing green tea then chilling it, but if you want to make THE BEST iced green tea, there are two crucial things you need to do:
- Cold brew it!
- Use loose green tea, not tea bags.
Making these two little adjustments will elevate your iced green tea game. Your iced tea will taste so crisp and refreshing, without any bitterness.
What is Cold Brewed Tea?
Cold brewing means you steep tea in cold water. Hot water is what releases tannin from tea and can make tea taste bitter. By taking away the hot water and replacing it with cold, you’ll get green tea that’s smooth and full-bodied.
The drawback to cold brewing is that it takes a while. Yup, it takes 12 hours to cold brew to extract the full flavor. But, the best part is that refrigerator does all the hard work to cold brew.
I like to make it overnight so it’s ready to drink the next day.
Is There Caffeine in Iced Green Tea?
Yes! I’m using real loose green tea which has caffeine in it.
Is Iced Green Tea Good for You?
The biggest health benefit of green tea is that it has a lot of antioxidants, which are good for you. Antioxidants can help prevent or defend your cells from damage.
How Long Can I Keep Cold Brew Tea in the Refrigerator?
You can cold brew tea for 12-24 hours. I strain out the tea leaves and mint at that point. For optimal freshness, store the cold brew tea in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Can I Add Sugar to Iced Green Tea?
I prefer green tea without sugar, but if you want to sweeten, add some simple syrup. Simple syrup is sugar dissolved in hot water. You can also try honey simple syrup which is honey dissolved in hot water.
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What I Used to Make This Iced Green Tea
How to Make the Best Iced Green Tea
This recipe is really, really simple.
Cold brew green tea.
Combine 2 cups cool or cold water, 1 tablespoon of loose green tea, and a couple of sprigs of fresh mint leaves in a glass container or pitcher.
Cover and put pitcher into the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
Strain out tea and mint.
Serve with or without ice.
How Easy Is It to Cold Brew Green Tea?
Very, very, very, very easy.