You have surely heard of the term "cold-brew coffee" by now, but did you know you can do it with tea too? Yep! You heard that right! So what exactly is the deal with Cold Brew Tea and how can you achieve it at home? Read on for the secret!
WHY SHOULD YOU COLD BREW?
1. COLD-BREWED TEAS HAVE A SMOOTHER TASTE.
Brewing tea in cold water extracts a different chemical balance from tea brewed in hot water resulting in fewer catechins and less caffeine content which eliminates any bitterness.
2. BECAUSE, LET'S FACE IT, IT'S HOT OUTSIDE!
It's Florida! Enough said.
3. COLD BREWING IS A NEW WAY TO ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE TEA.
The shift in flavor balance is an exciting new way to taste your favorite blend.
4. BECAUSE IT'S EASY TO DO.
There are 5 simple steps to perfecting cold-brew tea, here’s how.
1. CHOOSE A PITCHER–Try one of our glass travel infusers by Pinky Up.
2. ADD TEA–Add 2-3 TBS of whole leaf tea
3. ADD WATER–Fill with cold, filtered water
4. BEGIN THE BREW–Refrigerate for 8-12 hours for black tea, 6-8 hours for green and white tea, 10-12 hours for Pu'erh tea or 12-14 hours for herbal, rooibos or fruit tisanes
5. STRAIN AND ENJOY!
DON'T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT!
Play with the length of time and the type of tea you choose to suit your tastes.
To get better flavor out of herbal tisanes or Pu'erh, rinse with boiling water first
Like sweet tea? Try adding different types of sweeteners like cane sugar, Belgian rock sugar or honey. Be sure you taste your brew first as this method seems to extract a bit more of the tea's natural sweetness, especially in oolongs like our Imperial Ren Shen Ginseng , and Mandarin Creme. You might just find that it is perfect as is.
You can also play around and create your own blends and flavors. There are endless ways to make creative brews. Try adding fresh muddled fruit or herbs, like lavender and mint. You can even add a splash of fresh lemonade or fruit juice to give it a boost of sweetness!
Do you have a favorite tea you like to cold steep? Tell us about it in the comments!