Cold brew tea is a delicious and refreshing beverage to make during the hot summer months. Tea bags are steeped with water overnight in the fridge. In the morning you’ll wake to a delicious and smooth cool morning drink.
How to Make Cold Brew Tea
If you ever want to play a prank on a Canadian take them to a restaurant the United States and have them order an iced tea. In Canada iced tea is sweet tea. Canadians don’t drink cold tea, we only drink sweet tea except we call it iced tea. Are you still with me?
I remember when I was young my family would go on day trips across the border from British Columbia Canada to Washington State to go shopping or sightseeing. At some point we would stop at a restaurant for lunch. One time my sister ordered an iced tea thinking it was sweet tea and you can imagine the disgusted reaction of a 10 year old when she took a sip of cold tea with no sugar. It was at this time that my family discovered that Americans had more than one kind of iced tea.
Since I moved to the US seven years ago I discovered that sweet tea is actually a Southern thing and I actually got to try some authentic sweet tea one time when I visited North Carolina. It was delicious and way better than the Nestea junk I was used to drinking.
Now that I am older and not a kid obsessed with sweets, sometimes I like to make iced tea, as in “cold tea” with no sugar added. On hot summer days it’s actually quite refreshing. It’s a nice alternative to juice, pop and iced coffee and nicer than just drinking plain water.
Cold brew tea is so super simple to make.
Ingredients for cold brew tea:
- 1 Gallon of water
- 3 Tea bags
I used regular Lipton black tea but you can use any tea that you like. Herbal teas are especially nice to drink cold in the summer. One of my favorites is the Tazo Passion tea. If you like you can add fresh fruit slices to flavor your tea as it steeps.
Directions for Making Cold Brew Tea
- Fill your jug up with water and add 3 tea bags.
- Stir it around a little and leave in the fridge overnight or at least 6-12 hours.
- By the next day, it’s ready to drink.
Brewing your tea cold makes it taste less bitter than brewing it with hot water. If you are making a hot cup of tea never use boiling water as it can burn the tea and make it taste very bitter.
You can use loose leaf tea and strain it or use regular tea in bags. I like less clean up so I used tea bags. The tea lasts for days in the refrigerator. That is, if you don’t drink it all up right away!
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