Easy & Refreshing Iced Green Tea

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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 with fresh mint

Iced Green Tea

Green tea is tricky to make since it’s can easily get bitter if it’s not made properly. My secret to making the best iced green tea perfectly — cold brew it! 

  • Cold brewing means you steep tea in cold water.
  • It takes 12 hours to extract the full flavor. 
  • 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. 
  • Super easy to make.
  • Tastes smooth, crisp, and refreshing.
  • Fresh mint gives it an extra refreshing kick.

My Green Tea Pick:

Questions You May Have

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. 

What’s the difference between loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags?
Loose tea is the best quality, then tea sachets, followed by tea bags, which contain the lowest quality tea. 

I’m using tea bags. How many do I use?
Replace the tablespoon of loose green tea with 3 tea bags or 2 tea sachets.

Is there caffeine? 
Yes, green tea contains caffeine.

How long can I keep cold brew tea in the refrigerator?
You can cold brew tea for 12-24 hours. After I strain out the tea leaves, I 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. 

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Iced Green Tea Tips

  • Use loose green tea for the best quality cold brew. 
  • Make different kinds of simple syrup at home by dissolving honey, brown sugar, or date syrup instead of regular sugar in hot water.
  • Don’t have fresh mint? You can leave it out and it’ll still taste great.

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What You’ll Need

How to Make It

STEP 1: Put loose green tea, fresh mint, and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Use cool or room temperature filtered water.

I like to use a glass teapot with strainer but you can also use a cold brew maker which is specifically made for making cold brew tea or coffee.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 8 hours.

With black tea and oolong tea, I cold brew for up to 12 hours, but for green tea, it’s a little more delicate and doesn’t require such a long steep time.

STEP 3: Strain out solids and pour tea into a cup.

Serve with or without ice since cold brew tea is already chilled.

If you want to sweeten your iced tea, use simple syrup (half water, half sugar). It’ll be the easiest to incorporate into your tea.

You can make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

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Iced Green Tea with Mint

Iced Green Tea with Mint

Yield: Makes 2 cups

A refreshing and tasty cold brewed iced green tea made with fresh mint.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put loose green tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.
    (I like using this teapot with strainer.)
    Cold brewed tea tastes best with filtered water.
  2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
  3. Strain out solids and pour tea into a cup.
    Ice is optional.

Notes

  • If you want to sweeten your iced green tea, use simple syrup. You can easily make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves.
  • With black tea and oolong tea, I cold brew for up to 12 hours, but for green tea, it's a little more delicate and doesn't require such a long steep time.

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