COLD BREW TEA
Cold brewing tea may sound unfamiliar & complicated, but it is, in fact, easier than brewing a hot cup of tea.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
1. TEA (any tea will do, but don't forget to try our MOCKTAIL range)
3. CONTAINER with a lid (It’s important that it has a lid, so it doesn’t absorb other aromas present in the fridge). This BOTTLE does the job well.
HOW TO COLD BREW
THE METHOD IS INCREDIBLY SIMPLE:
1. COMBINE TEA & WATER IN A PITCHER2. LET THE TEA INFUSE FOR 4-12 HOURS IN THE FRIDGE
- We've been impatient a few times & have had success even at 2 hours
- So you don’t wait too long, set your tea in the fridge to steep overnight. The next morning you’ll wake up to a refreshing drink
3. OPTIONAL: Add slices of fruit if you want add more flavours.
DONE! You have cold-brew tea that will last for 3-5 days!
- There are no exact cold brew measurements. Every tea is different, so feel free to tweak the amount & brewing time according to taste.
- Luckily, it’s really easy to fix wrong measurements:
Too strong- add more water.
Too light- let it sit for a few hours more, or add tea.
- Keep cold brewed tea in constant rotation by starting a new brew 1-2 days after starting the first.
- High-quality tea leaves can be re-steeped. Just let it sit for longer on the following steep.
- Use spent tea leaves from a hot steep. Don’t toss away spent tea leaves, cold brew it!
COLD BREW vs ICED TEA
Iced tea is made using a traditional hot brew method, then the tea is poured over ice.
On the other hand, cold brew tea is brewed with cold water.
SO WHAT METHOD IS BETTER?
A hot infusion often releases tannins & its accompanying bitterness. Tannins are that mouth-coating feeling you get from eating an unripe fruit. They are common in tea & wine.
By using cold water to steep, the tannins are kept at bay resulting in a more balanced & smoother tea.
No matter how long the leaves are steeped in a cold brew, it will not get bitter. In addition, since the tea is steeped for a much longer duration, a sweeter & more complex flavour is extracted.
Like with hot tea, loose leaf tea is always the best option for cold brew or iced tea. The higher quality the leaf, the better the flavour of your infusion. Using tea bags or low-quality tea will result in a flat, dull & less complex beverage.