How to Make Jasmine Tea Properly (Hot & Iced)

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Jasmine tea is one the most famous teas in the world. Whether made hot or cold, jasmine tea’s signature floral aroma makes it a great choice to drink all year.

Iced jasmine tea in a cup with ice.

What is Jasmine Tea?

  • Jasmine tea is a scented tea usually made from combining green tea leaves with jasmine petals.
  • There’s caffeine in jasmine tea.
  • It has a delicate flavor and a full, floral aroma.
  • Sometimes made with white, oolong, or black tea.
  • Jasmine tea is shaped into thin, rolled tea leaves or into balls (jasmine pearls).

Into green tea? Check out the Green Tea Starter Guide, Iced Green Tea with Fresh Mint recipe, and Gunpowder Green Tea brewing guide.

How Jasmine Tea is Scented

  • Traditionally, this tea was scented by placing trays of fresh jasmine flowers below a woven tray of tea leaves in a warm room.
  • Now, it’s common for the tea and flowers to be combined as the tea gets processed.
  • High quality and more expensive jasmine tea is made with fresh jasmine flower buds. 
  • The more affordable and less expensive jasmine tea is made with jasmine extract.

What You’ll Need

TO MAKE HOT JASMINE TEA

TO MAKE COLD BREW ICED JASMINE TEA

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How to Make Hot Jasmine tea Properly

For brewing guide, full ingredients and instructions, scroll to the bottom.

STEP 1: Boil water.

With any kind of tea, it’s important to use good quality water so it’s a good idea to use filtered water.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Brewing tea for too long or in water that’s too hot is how you get really bitter jasmine tea.

Heating water in an electric kettle with a temperature setting is the best way to get the correct the water temperature for jasmine tea. Set the kettle to 175°F.

Don’t forget to add some extra water to the kettle so that you can warm up the teapot!

STEP 2: Warm up teapot.

Use some of the freshly boiled water to warm up the teapot.

Swirl water around the teapot, then throw out the water.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Warming up the teapot helps to keep the temperature stable while your tea is brewing.

STEP 3: Put jasmine tea into teapot and add hot water.

STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 3 minutes.

Jasmine tea is usually made with green tea which shouldn’t be brewed for longer than 3 minutes. Brewing for longer will result in a bitter tea.

Keep the teapot covered during the steep so that the tea stays hot.

STEP 5: Strain jasmine leaves and pour hot tea into a teacup.

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Cold brew jasmine tea in cup with ice.

How to Make Iced Jasmine Tea Properly

Cold brewed tea is the most reliable way to get the best flavor out of your iced tea!

STEP 1: Put jasmine tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.

As with hot tea, filtered water makes for the best cold brewed tea.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for 6 hours.

Jasmine tea can be cold brewed anywhere from 6-12 hours.

STEP 3: Strain tea leaves and pour tea into a cup with ice.

You can add ice if you like, but since it’s cold brewed the tea is already nice and chilled.

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Servings Suggestions

Jasmine tea can be had without any sugar and/or milk or just plain, without anything added.

To sweeten hot jasmine tea, stir in a little sugar, honey, or date syrup.

To sweeten your iced tea, don’t just stir in sugar since it won’t dissolve easily. Instead, use simple syrup. To make simple sugar at home, just mix equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves. If you have one, use an electric kettle to heat up the water.

Add tapioca balls, milk, and sugar to make it a jasmine bubble tea!

Notes & Tips

  • Don’t use boiling hot water when making jasmine tea since it’ll make your tea bitter.
  • Don’t steep jasmine tea in hot water for more than 3 minutes since that can also make your tea bitter.
  • If you’re using a tea sachet, you’ll need just 1 per cup of water. Tea sachets contain 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of tea.

Storage Tips

Brewed jasmine tea can be kept in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.

Loose jasmine tea leaves should stored in an airtight container kept away from light, odor, humidity, and heat.

Questions You May Have

What does jasmine tea taste like?

This tea has a delicate flavor that is lightly sweet and has a fresh, floral scent.

Is there caffeine?

Yes, jasmine tea naturally contains caffeine since the jasmine is blended with tea from the camellia sinensis plant, which always contains some level of caffeine.

What’s the difference between loose tea, tea sachets, or tea bags?

The best quality jasmine tea is loose leaf. Tea bags usually contain tiny, broken leaves that increase the tea’s bitterness and have a negative effect on the tea’s essential oils. If loose tea isn’t available, tea sachets are the next best choice since they contain tea leaves that are more intact. (See tea comparison photos.)

Is jasmine tea a real tea?

Jasmine tea contains tea from the camellia sinensis plant, which means it is a real tea. Real tea only comes from leaves from that one plant.

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Jasmine Tea

Author: Jee Choe
How to make hot & iced Jasmine tea properly.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 175°F. If boiling water on the stovetop, let it come to a simmer, then turn off heat. (Filtered water is best.)
    Heat a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
  • Put jasmine tea into teapot and add hot water.
  • Cover teapot and steep for 3 minutes.
  • Strain jasmine tea leaves and pour hot tea into a teacup.

NOTES

TO MAKE COLD BREW ICED JASMINE TEA
1. Put jasmine tea and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.
Filtered water will make a better tasting iced tea.
2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for 6 hours.
3. Strain tea leaves and pour tea into a cup with ice.
Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.

Hot Jasmine Tea Brewing Guide 
  • TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons loose jasmine tea or 1 tea sachet
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
  • WATER TEMPERATURE: 175°F
  • STEEP TIME: 3 minutes
 
Cold Brew Iced Jasmine Tea Brewing Guide
  • TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons loose jasmine tea or 1 tea sachet
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
  • WATER TEMPERATURE: Cold water
  • STEEP TIME: 6 hours

The nutrition information is an estimate calculated using an online nutrition calculator.

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