How to Cold Brew Tea
Today, August 21, is National Iced Tea Day. Now, I know everyone is talking about the solar eclipse today but we cannot forget this very serious day of celebration for THE staple drink of the south!
Recently, Anthony and I discovered the beautiful art of cold brewing tea. Cold brewing coffee has been all the rage for the last couple of years. Rightly so, it’s delicious! However, cold brewing tea will take your tea game to a whole new level.
Brewing tea the traditional way requires pouring boiling water over tea leaves and letting them soak for a few mins. This method is actually cooking the tea leaves which can lead to a bitter taste, especially if you steep too long. The bitter tea will cause many, especially those of us in the south, to add sugar to the tea in hopes of masking the bitterness.
Cold brewing does not cook the leaves. This process will produce a very smooth tea. In several cases we have found, it even changes the flavor. Reducing the bitterness in your tea will allow you the opportunity to taste the true flavors of the tea leaves and herbs.
Cold brewing tea will take much longer than the traditional hot water method but it is well worth the planning.
We have used this method to make ginger green tea, chai tea, mint tea, green tea, and black tea. We are enjoying trying different brands and blends to find our favorites. Our favorite for this method, so far, has been the Zen green tea by Tazo.