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Posted by Siobhan Nasby on Jul 27th 2021

Summer Iced Tea Brewing Tips

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Summer Iced Tea Brewing Tips

By:Siobhan Nasby -25/07/2021
Cold brew iced tea

On a hot summer’s day nothing sounds better than a nice, cold glass of iced tea. Better yet, how does a chilled glass of a cold brew iced tea sound? As we continue to dive into summer here at International Tea Importers, these are a couple of our favorite blends and ways to brew the perfect glass of Iced Tea every time.

Cold brewing tea has its origins based in Japan, the Japanese believed that brewing tea in hot water could burn or scold the delicate tea leaves. This process produces a tea that is smoother in taste, with less tannins and caffeine. Cold brew iced tea is as simple as 1, 2, 3! With little tools or steps involved, you can see why this method of brewing is taking off.  

Below is a list of what is needed:

  1. A pitcher or mug

  2. Any type of loose leaf tea, this is a better option than a tea bag because more of the natural aroma and oils from the tea are released while brewing.

  3. A strainer or tea filter/infuser 

Instruction

  1. To begin, when brewing Cold Brew you will need to use 1 tablespoon of tea to every 1 cup of water. This recipe calls for 5 tablespoons of loose leaf tea and 5 cups of water.

  2. Once both are combined, cover and refrigerate. When using White tea or Green tea steep for 6 to 8 hours, and when using Black tea or Oolong tea steep for 8 - 12 hours.

  3. Strain the tea or remove the tea filter/infuser from the tea.

  4. Add 4 more cups of cold water to the concentrate if you wish to dilute the tea, if you’d prefer to keep it as is, you can do so.

  5. Serve over ice with your choice of sweetener or add ons, such as fruit or syrups. 

If the Cold Brew technique is too long then here are our suggestions for brewing Iced Tea the traditional way. Pour over iced tea has a couple of different origin stories, with the most famous being the one where a Mr. Richard Blechynden came up with this drink option during the 1904 World’s Fair to quench the hot fair goers thirst.  

Below is a list of what is needed:

  1. A kettle of boiling water

  2. A pitcher or mug

  3. Any tea of your choosing, whether it be loose leaf or bagged is up to you

  4. If you choose to use loose leaf tea then have either a strainer or tea filter/infuser


Instructions: 

  1. Bring 8 cups of water to a simmer, remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of loose leaf tea or 6 tea bags.

  2. Let steep for 4 minutes or until your desired strength is reached.

  3. Strain the tea leaves or remove the tea bags, let cool and transfer to a pitcher.

  4. Lastly, you can either place the tea in the fridge for a slower cooling process or pour the tea over ice to enjoy right away.

  5. Serve with the sweetener of your choice or add ons, such as fruit or syrups.


Want to know our favorite blends to make Cold Brew and traditional Iced tea with? Here are a few of our favorites to enjoy all summer long!

For Cold Brew we suggest:

For Traditional Pour Over Iced Tea check out our 1 Gallon Iced Tea Pouches:


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