Summer has arrived, e-ô! In the months I lived in China, I got used to having hot tea even in the heat. But I confess that I am still adept at iced tea to give that refreshment on the muggiest days. I will teach you, then, three methods to prepare your iced tea.
The first and most obvious is: LET IT COOL. Prepare your hot tea, according to the instructions for herb quantity, water temperature and infusion time. Remove the herb and place in the refrigerator.
The second and fastest is: FREEZING (or ICE BREWING). Prepare your hot tea according to the instructions for water temperature and infusion time, but double the amount of herb to make a more concentrated tea. Serve the concentrated tea in a glass with a lot of ice. It will freeze quickly and dilute with ice water.
The third and most practical one is: LIVING LIFE AND WHEN YOU REMEMBER, YOU HAVE ICE TEA IN THE FRIDGE (or COLD BREWING). This is my favorite method, because it is ridiculous and easy. You don’t have to worry about water temperature or infusion time, because you put the herb in cold water and don’t have to remember to take it out. Really! Well, the ideal is to remove the herb after a few hours. But, if you forget, no problem. Come on: In a jar of cold water, add the herb of your choice in the ratio shown. For example, if a teaspoon makes a cup of tea (200ml), then, to make 1 liter of water, you add five teaspoons. Got it? Leave the herb to infuse cold for 2 hours at room temperature or 4 hours (or more) in the refrigerator. Strain and serve. I recommend leaving it in the refrigerator – not at room temperature – on those hotter days, because your iced tea will last longer.
I find the third method delightfully practical for two reasons. The first is that if you prepare tea at night, the next day you will have iced tea for breakfast. The second is that if you prepare tea in the morning, there is iced tea for lunch. Delicious! Another reason for using the Cold Brewing method is that your tea will never be bitter. This is because the tannins in the tea, which are responsible for the bitterness, are released only with high temperature, or very long time of infusion in hot water. That is, by making the cold infusion, you are not at risk. Oh yeah!
You can prepare your iced tea with pure teas, blends, and even other herbs, such as chamomile or mint. Another hot tip (or cold, hihi) is to put pieces of fruit in the water jar, to give that special touch to your tea or infusion. You may also not use tea or grass at all and simply boil fruit, strain and cool. I prepared a Changria recipe for the ICKFD here. It is delicious!
Good experiences! Any questions just ask here in the comments! If you have other techniques to prepare your iced tea, you can share it too. Kisses and lots of iced tea for you this wonderful summer! <3
cover photo: Simply Delicious