The summer can become unbearable for tea drinkers. The hot heat makes it difficult to sip on a cuppa hot tea for some people. Many resort to iced tea. I have seen many iced tea recipes in the past, and have been an advocate of steeping hot and pouring over ice, until I found this recipe from a twitter friend! Cold brewing tea in a refrigerator is what they suggested. At first, I was unsure if it would even work, worrying over whether the tea would steep a bitter cuppa. Here is the recipe if you are interested!
How to cold brew tea:
#1) get a very large pitcher, that is either a gallon or half gallon.
#2) add about 1/4 cup of tea to half gallon or 1/2 cup of tea to gallon pitcher.
#3) fill with cold water
#4) Put in refrigerator,covered for 6-8 hours for first steep, and 12-15 hours for second steep.
#5) Pour a cup and enjoy!
The cold cuppa that I drank after 8 hours was delicious! The tea was not over or under steeped, like some other iced teas, and it still held up the flavor profile of the tea very well! For curiosity sake, I steeped the tea once,even though Chris & Amy didn’t say anything about that. It tastes just as good at the first steep! So after you are done with your first steep, add more cold water, stick in the fridge for another 12 hours and enjoy a second time the next day! If you try this, do share with us here at California Tea House! I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on cold brewing tea!