New Favorite Drink: Cold Brew Green Tea
Can we have a moment of silence for all the forgotten cups of hot tea that went lukewarm?
Lately, I’ve developed a terrible and wasteful habit of letting my tea cool down for too long. I’d brew my favorite jasmine green tea, zip through my morning routine, dive into work and completely forget about my drink. It ends up being cold, bitter, and just plain sad – like me as I begrudgingly chug it down.
With summer a little over a month away, maybe cold tea isn’t such a bad thing. I could do without some of the bitterness though, and that’s when I remembered my friend mentioning cold brew coffee. It’s smooth, naturally sweet, and less acidic. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make. Sounds like a winner to me! So, why not apply that same idea when brewing tea?
Countless humongo batches of cold brew tea later, it’s safe to say that I won’t be making my tea any other way for a while – at least until the chilly weather rolls in again. The recipe is foolproof, and you can simplify it further by using tea bags instead of loose tea leaves. Both will deliver the same refreshingly smooth and antioxidant-rich results.
I’m not too picky about the tea leaves; I usually grab for whatever organic teas we have in the tea cabinet (yes, we have an entire cabinet allocated just for tea). While I tend to gravitate towards green tea, I also love the taste of cold brew oolong tea! And having tea bags makes the steeping process less finicky than it already is. However, if you prefer loose tea leaves, I recommend using empty tea bags or a cheesecloth to avoid having to strain out the leaves later on.
You’d have to try extra hard to mess this recipe up. Unlike its hot or iced counterparts, which require boiling water, cold brew tea won’t end up unbearably bitter if you forget about it for a few extra minutes, or even hours. This also gives you plenty of room to experiment and adjust the strength of the tea to your liking.
8 cups of filtered water
5 tea bags (teaspoons) of organic green tea
Fill a large pitcher/jar with cold or room temperature water.
Give the tea a quick rinse to help remove dust and other impurities.
Toss the tea into the water (laughs in American) and cover the container. Refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours or overnight.
Remove the tea bags or tea leaves after the time is up.
Enjoy your cold brew tea on its own or with add-ins like fruits and fresh mint!
This recipe works well with black and white teas, too!
You can adjust the amount of tea leaves to fit your taste. A good starting point is 1 tsp/bag of tea per cup of water.
Hectic mornings? Fill your reusable bottle with water and add a tea bag. Place it into the fridge the night before, and come morning, it'll be ready for you to grab and go!
The tea should last up to 5 days in the fridge, but let's be honest, it'll be gone in less than 2.
Cold brew tea is the perfect summertime drink! It’s versatile and easy to make, not to mention hydrating and healthy, as long as you don’t add a butt ton of sugar. I prefer my teas simple and unsweetened, but I’ll occasionally throw in slices of citrus fruits or frozen pineapples in place of ice cubes. It's like summer in a cup!
How do you like your tea?