The secret to the best iced tea is to cold brew it. Step-by-step directions on how to cold brew tea at home that’s amazingly simple and easy.
Cold Brew Iced Tea
Cold brew iced tea makes THE BEST iced tea. It’s how you should ALWAYS make iced tea — it’s a complete game changer.
- Cold-brewing tea is a slow and gentle steeping process that creates a sweeter and smoother tasting tea.
- Tannins, which make tea bitter, aren’t steeped out of the tea in cold water the way it does in hot water. This means no more bitter iced tea!
- Because cold brewing doesn’t involve hot water, it’s perfect to make in the hot summer months.
- It’s the easiest way to make iced tea. BUT, it does take 12 hours since cold brewing takes a while.
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How to Make Cold Brew Iced Tea
STEP 1: Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.
Use cool or room temperature water. No need to boil water when it comes to cold brew tea. The best tasting tea is made with the best water so use filtered water.
STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
Just a note that most teas should be cold brewed for at least 12 hours EXCEPT for green teas. Green tea like sencha only need to be cold brewed for 3 hours.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Green tea in general is trickier to brew, both hot and cold. It can taste bitter if not made properly so always check brewing guides. Black tea, oolong tea, and herbal teas are the easiest to brew since it’s harder to mess up and should be brewed for 12 hours.
STEP 3: Strain out tea leaves.
Instead using a strainer, the easiest way to make cold brew tea is in a cold brew maker since you can just take out the infuser instead of straining the tea into another container.
STEP 4: Pour tea into a cup with or without ice.
Cold brewed tea is already chilled so adding ice is optional.
Cold Brew Tea Tips
- A cold brew tea maker makes cold brewing tea much easier.
- Make and store your tea in glass containers. Plastic tends to stain and leave behind odors.
- Keep cold brewed tea in constant rotation by starting a new brew 1-2 days after starting the first.
- Ice is optional since the tea is already chilled, but add ice to keep it colder for longer.
Questions You May Have
Unless it’s an herbal tea, there’s caffeine in cold brewed tea. There’s less caffeine in a cold brew tea (about half) than tea steeped in hot water.
The best tasting cold brew tea is made with the best tasting water. Use filtered water to make your cold brew.
Up to 4 days. After that, it loses quality and starts tasting off.
Cold brew made from loose tea is so much better and more flavorful since loose tea is a much higher quality tea. Tea sachets are great for cold brewing too.
|1 serving||1 cup||1.5 teaspoons loose tea or 1 tea sachet|
|2 servings||2 cups||1 tablespoon loose tea or 2 tea sachets|
|4 servings||4 cups|
|2 tablespoons loose tea or 4 tea sachets|
|8 servings||8 cups|
|4 tablespoons loose tea or 8 tea sachets|
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Super Easy Cold Brew Iced Tea
- Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.Use cool or room temperature water. The best tasting tea is made with the best water so use filtered water if possible.
- Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
- Strain out tea leaves.
- Pour tea into a cup with or without ice.Cold brewed tea is already chilled so adding ice is optional.
- The formula for cold brew tea is 1.5 teaspoons of tea for every cup of water.
- Cold brewed tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Green tea should be cold brewed for less time. Check brewing guide for each type of green tea to cold brew it properly.