As the weather warms, some people begin to turn away from the hot teas and look for more cooling options. I get it...the same thing happens in our home. I'm sharing here our favourite method for enjoying all of the nutritious deliciousness of our herbal teas during the warmer months. Our family loves this!
“COLD BREW TEAS” use cold, rather than hot, water for infusing tea. This is my preferred method for making an iced tea. This slower, longer process also extracts more flavour and maintains all (and sometimes more!) of the nutritional/health benefits of the plants, including antioxidants, and produces a richer, tastier brew that is often sweeter, with no hint of astringency or bitterness.
Here’s the process:
- Pour one cup of cold water per 1 teaspoon of loose tea into your preferred container. You decide how much iced tea you want to make and adjust quantities accordingly. I typically use a gallon glass jar and make a large quantity.
- Pop the jar in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
- After releasing their nutritious deliciousness, the plants will settle to the bottom of the jar. You can then pour off the tea. If leaves remain at the top of your container, you can use a fine mesh strainer to pour the tea into another container.
- You can add a sweetener, if desired, or enjoy unsweetened.
- Add berries, fresh mint leaves and sliced citrus (try orange, lemon, lime) or other fruits.
- Keep chilled and add ice when serving.
This method is well worth the effort!
Cold brew tea is an excellent option during warmer months, and great for quenching thirst and hydrating the body. Keeps well in the fridge for several days and is a healthy option for the entire family!