How to Make the Very Best Iced Tea (Cold-Brew it!)

How to Perfectly Cold Brew Iced Tea

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.

How to Perfectly Cold Brew Iced Tea

How to Perfectly Cold Brew Iced Tea

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.

How to Perfectly Cold Brew Iced Tea

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 Perfectly Cold Brew Iced Tea


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.

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  • Roxanne Testen
    8 months ago

    love your site

  • Stephanie
    5 months ago

    Where did you get those containers and strainer?

    • Jee
      5 months ago

      Hi Stephanie, I got them from Williams Sonoma.

  • 1 month ago

    Great summary! What are your thoughts on brewing at room temperature vs in the refrigerator? I tend to do my coffee at room temperature on the counter but my tea in the fridge but I’m curious if anyone here prefers tea at room temperature?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Jee
      1 month ago

      Hi Chip, I like my tea either hot or cold so I’ve never tried to brew it at room temperature although I know some people like to brew it at room temperature for a couple of hours before storing it in the fridge. If you like yours room temperature, I don’t see any reason not to brew it that way!

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