All types of teas can be cold brewed, but unfermented teas like green tea, yellow tea and white tea are ideal for cold brewing. They have a mild flavor that tastes great as iced tea. Simply steep green tea leaves in cold filtered water and wait for extraction. This brewing method results in less caffeine and bitterness compared to regular brewed green tea.
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?
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 green tea is so super simple to make.
- 20 oz of water
- 3 Tea bags
- berries, lemon wedges or herbs to infuse (optional)
- large jar and cheese cloth or french press
- Fill your jug or french press up with water and add 3 tea bags. You can also add lemon wedges, berries or herbs to infuse the tea.
- 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.
- Press down on the french press and serve in glasses with ice. If you are using a mason jar, strain the tea using cheese cloth or remove the tea bags.
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!
Cold Brew Green Tea
Learn how to brew green tea cold for a refreshing summer beverage
- 3 tablespoon green tea leaves You can also use 3 tea bags
- ¼ Cup mint
- 1 Cup ice
Add tea bags or loose tea to your jar or French press.
Add lemon wedges or other garnishes such as herbs or berries to infuse.
Place lid on French press or cheese cloth on jar and place in fridge.
Let steep overnight or a minimum of 6-10 hours.
Strain and serve in glasses over ice.
Try different types of tea or even mix varieties and steep with fruits to create your own unique drink.
Even though it takes longer to cold brew green tea, it's worth the wait. Tea brewed without any heat tastes different from traditional hot tea – it's sweeter, smoother, and doesn't have any of the bitter notes that you can sometimes taste in a cup of hot tea
Cold green tea is just as nutritious as hot brewed tea. Its antioxidant content depends largely on steeping time and leaf quality.
Both morning and evening are fine to drink green tea. People who have sleep issues should avoid a cup later in the evening, as the caffeine intake may pose problem with their sleep
If the only change you make to your diet adding green tea then likely, no, you won’t lose weight. Replacing sugary soft drinks with green tea with help you reduce calories and make you feel full which may result in fat loss.
Drinking green tea in very high amounts can cause headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomit, diarrhea, irregular heartbeats, dizziness, and convulsions and can be dangerous and even fatal.
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