Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.Use cool or room temperature filtered water. No need to boil any water to make cold brew tea. Use filtered water for the best tasting cold brewed tea.
Strain out tea leaves.Use a mesh strainer if using loose tea or just take out the tea sachets or tea bags.
TEA: 1 ½ teaspoons loose tea or 1 tea sachet or 1 tea bag
WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE: Cold water
STEEP TIME: 6-12 hours in the refrigerator depending on the type of tea
Cold Brew Time
White tea: 6 hours
Green tea: 3-6 hours
Oolong tea: 12 hours
Black tea: 12 hours
Herbal tea: 12 hours
Ice is optional since the tea is already chilled, but add ice to keep it colder for longer.
Not all tea is cold brewed for the same amount of time. Green tea in general is trickier to cold brew. 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 cold brewed for 12 hours.
Instead using a strainer, the easiest way to 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.
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.
Cold brewed tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.