How to Make Iced Tea
How to Make Iced Tea
Sometimes it’s just too hot to boil quart upon quart of water to make iced tea. Fortunately, there's also a cold brew method. Admittedly, the cold brewing method results in a slightly different flavor profile than conventional hot brewed iced tea.
Generally, iced tea made using the cold brew method is less bitter and loses some of the "high" flavor notes. If you find that you want more flavor from your cold brewed iced tea, increase the amount of loose leaf tea. Cold brew iced tea rarely clouds.
Cold Brew is eco friendly! Since most households in America have a refrigerator plugged in all the time anyway, cold-brewing can be eco friendly because it slashes energy use by eliminating the water-heating process.
Follow this step by step guide to make iced tea using the cold brew method.
Step One: Start by measuring your loose leaf tea. Generally, you should measure 1 teaspoon loose leaf tea per cup iced tea. However, fluffier blends such as white teas and chamomile may require as much as one tablespoon or more, while denser teas such as gunpowder may require less than one teaspoon.
Look at the label on the back of your Arbor Teas bag to find our suggested serving size per 8 oz cup.
Place the tea in a T-sac to make a do-it-yourself teabag or directly in an infuser, and then place the T-sac or infuser in your glass or iced tea pitcher. If you are using a pitcher with a built in strainer (such as our Cold Brew Iced Tea Maker) or plan on straining out your tea leaves, simply place the tea leaves directly in the pitcher.
Making tea for lots of people? One quart iced tea generally requires ½ ounce loose leaf tea.
Step Two: Fill your container with 1 cup (8 oz) room temperature water per final cup iced tea.
Be sure the tea is covered completely with water.
Step Three: Place your glass or pitcher of water and tea leaves in the refrigerator for 6 to 10 hours (basically overnight).
Remove the tea leaves when you’ve reached the desired strength or strain the tea leaves when you serve it.
Can't get enough iced tea info? Check out our Iced Tea Tips page for several fun variations on iced tea!