Summer is the best season to make your own iced tea, but let’s face it: any season can be a good iced tea season! As usual, it all depends on the tea you pick…
What is cold brew tea
There are two ways to make iced tea. You can either make tea as you normally do, and then put in the fridge to cool down. Another way is to use cold water, and more time. The iced tea you get from doing it this way has less risks to be bitter, and preparation time is reduced to a minimal amount. It is really is the perfect solution for busy people: the tea (and your fridge) are doing all the work, and you can simply show up to enjoy. What’s not to like?
Cold brew tea is tea, so most health benefits are the same whether you make it hot or cold… with a couple interesting exceptions.
First, most iced teas sold in supermarkets are heavily loaded in sugar. Not all brands, but many. Look carefully at the nutritional content, but some content about 11g of sugar per 250 mL glass. That’s a lot of sugar in one single glass, considering that an adult should not get more than 30 g a day (source: WHO)
When you make your own iced tea, there will only be as much sugar as what you add yourself. You have total control over it… And you might very well discover that, depending on the tea you use, you may not need to add sugar at all!
Second, when tea infuses in cold water, it releases less caffeine. That is simply because caffeine is less soluble at low than at high temperature. If you are careful about your caffeine intake, then a cold brew tea might be the best of both worlds for you: you can still enjoy all these fine teas you love, without the extra caffeine.
Make your own
Use around 12g of tea or herbal tea for every litre of water.
Put the tea in an empty jug or a glass container (plastic would be stained on the long run) and fill with water. It’s best to use filtered water if, like me, you live in a region where the water is very hard.
Cover or close your container and put in the fridge overnight. The next day, you can transfer the cold brew to a bottle through a strainer to remove the leaves. Et voilà, done.
If you use a high quality loose leaf tea, chances are that you can use it again for your next brew. That is typical of good teas!
Cold brew tea tend to be milder in flavour than hot brew ones (but also less astringent), so play with it: use more tea leaves if you want a stronger brew, brew for longer, shorter time… As usual, play and experiment are key words to find out how exactly you like it!
Depending on the tea itself, you might want to add a few nice little things, you know, for the taste or just for fun. For example mint leaves would go well with some green teas or herbal, spices like cinnamon or ginger, a little sugar or honey, or also fruits like citrus fruits or peels…
You can even try a cold brew lemonade by infusing your tea in sparkling water!
(Photograph by Bady Abbas via Unsplash)
Stay in the know and receive exclusive offers by subscribing to our newsletter!