Cold brewing is the best and easiest way to make a cup of tea at home during the warmer months. With only a Mason jar and some tea leaves, you'll be rewarded with a refreshing brew with a smooth flavor.
Cold brew tea is reminiscent of a classic American iced tea, but minus the sugar and calories. It's easy to make, delicious, and good for you, too. Because cold brewing uses time rather than heat to extract flavors from the tea leaves, it produces a smooth tea concentrate without the bitterness. And in case you're sensitive to caffeine, cold brew tea contains comparatively less caffeine to hot brewed tea, which means it also goes easier on your stomach.
Another wonder of cold brew tea is that it's better for you. The process brews the tea leaves using only cold water, so most of the natural goodness, such as catechin, vitamin, and protein, remain in the tea. If you're after the health benefits of tea, cold brewing is the way to go!
Follow these simple steps and get ready to make some delicious cold brew tea at home!
Gather all the ingredients. You'll need tea, water, and a Mason jar/mug. The type of tea you use is essential. If the tea you use isn't whole-leaf, it won't produce much flavor—your tea will taste like it's watered down. The best tea to use is those that produce a sweeter brew, such as Milk Oolong or Osmanthus Oolong.
Put 2.5 teaspoons of tea into the Mason jar and fill with 2 cups of water. You can use either cold or room temperature water.
Cover and let steep overnight (6-8 hours) in the fridge.
Strain the tea leaves using a mesh strainer. Serve and enjoy!