Making Iced Teas

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There are two methods for making iced tea - the Cold Brewing and the Hot Brewing Methods. These techniques for iced tea are given below. Flavoured iced tea recipes are found at Iced Teas.

Cold Brewing Method

Cold infusing the iced tea allows the fragrances of the teas to develop without releasing the bitter tannins, giving a more refreshing drink than the Hot Brewing Method. But it takes a lot longer!

Makes 1 quart / liter, or 4 cups[1][2]

  1. Place 8 slightly heaped teaspoons of loose tea or 8 teabags into a pitcher.
  2. Add 5 teaspoons sugar, 1 small bunch fresh spearmint and any additional flavours.
  3. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, pour 4 cups / 1 liter cold water over the tea.
  4. Cover and steep for 10 hours in the fridge.
  5. Strain or take out the teabags.
  6. Taste and add extra sugar, if needed.

Ideas for additional flavours: 20 green cardamom pods, 5 star anise or a teaspoon of rose petals.

Hot Brewing Method

Iced tea brewing method (pitcher)[3]

Makes 1 quart / liter, or 4 cups

  1. Place 6 slightly heaped teaspoons of loose tea or 6 teabags into a teapot or heat-resistant pitcher.
  2. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups / 315 ml over the tea.
  3. Steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the brewed tea into your serving pitcher, straining the tea leaves out or removing the teabags.
  5. Add ice and top up the pitcher with more cold water.
  6. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

Iced tea brewing method (individual serving)

Makes 12 oz / 375 ml

  1. Place 1 slightly heaped teaspoon of loose tea or 1 teabags into a single-serve teapot or mug.
  2. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6 - 7 oz / 170 - 200 ml over the tea.
  3. Steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Fill a 12 oz / 375 ml acrylic glass or mug with ice.
  5. Pour the brewed tea into your ice-filled glass, straining the tea leaves out or removing the teabags. Not all the tea will fit in, which allows for about an extra ½ serving.
  6. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

Rules of Thumb

  1. When you make freshly brewed iced tea, you need to increase the strength of hot tea compared to normal brewed tea, because you will pour it over ice and dilute it.
  2. Some luxury loose leaf teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is perfectly normal and a sign of higher quality, so it is nothing to worry about.

Associated Pages

References

  1. Gascoyne, K. Marchand, F., Desharnais, J., Américi, H. (2014) Tea: History Terroirs Varieties, Ontario, Canada, Firefly Books. ISBN 9781770853195.
  2. COOKIE + Kate (2015) Cold Brew Iced Tea, Oklahoma, USA. [1]
  3. Food Network (undated) Perfect Iced Tea, New York, NY. [2]

Further Reading

  • Gascoyne, K. Marchand, F., Desharnais, J., Américi, H. (2014) Tea: History Terroirs Varieties, Ontario, Canada, Firefly Books. ISBN 9781770853195.