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Cold brew tea, 2 ways

Based on 7 ratings

Xueci Cheng

Editor at Kitchen Stories

“Cold steeping tea creates a smoother and less bitter final tea, plus it’s great for summer! This is a basic recipe for cold brew tea using two different, but very similar methods—and you can add other fruit and herbs for more flavor. I prefer high quality loose leaf teas, but you can also use tea bags. I would recommend these methods for green, white (oolong), black, fruit, or herbal teas. Brewing times vary for different kinds of tea: For example, green tea needs less time (2 - 4 hr.) than black tea (4 - 8 hr.) and oolong needs up to 10 hr., while herbal teas taste the best anywhere between 12 - 14 hr. Tea bags require less time and only need to be steeped for only 1 - 3 hr.”

Difficulty

Easy 👌
5
min.
Preparation
0
min.
Baking
240
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-4+
7 g green tea (loose)
1⅓ l water
6 g black tea (loose)
ice cubes (for serving)
lemon (for garnish)
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • tea pot
  • bottle
  • fine sieve

How-To Videos

  • Step 1/3

    Add loose green tea to a tea pot. Add just over half the water, transfer to the fridge, and let steep for approx. 2 - 4 hr., depending on the tea and how strong you like it.
    • 7 g green tea (loose)
    • 700 ml water
    • tea pot

    Add loose green tea to a tea pot. Add just over half the water, transfer to the fridge, and let steep for approx. 2 - 4 hr., depending on the tea and how strong you like it.

  • Step 2/3

    Add loose black tea to a resealable bottle. Add remaining water, transfer to the fridge, and let steep for approx. 4 - 8 hr., depending on the tea and how strong you like it.
    • 6 g black tea (loose)
    • 600 ml water
    • bottle

    Add loose black tea to a resealable bottle. Add remaining water, transfer to the fridge, and let steep for approx. 4 - 8 hr., depending on the tea and how strong you like it.

  • Step 3/3

    To serve, strain the tea leaves through a fine sieve or a coffee filter into a glass. Add simple syrup, lemon or lime slices, or herbs, if desired. Serve over ice and enjoy!
    • ice cubes (for serving)
    • lemon (for garnish)
    • fine sieve

    To serve, strain the tea leaves through a fine sieve or a coffee filter into a glass. Add simple syrup, lemon or lime slices, or herbs, if desired. Serve over ice and enjoy!

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