Iced Tea 101
Welcome to Iced Tea 101!
Did you know that *any* tea can be made iced or hot? Iced Tea 101 is a great place to start if you want to know more.
There are multiple ways to prepare a delicious, refreshing, frosty-cold glass or pitcher of iced tea. (Mmmm…)
Which method you pick depends on time allotted and your level of patience.
Read on and decide which way is best for you…
Iced Tea 101 - Method 1: If You're Patient
Cold brew tea in the fridge. This will result in a smooth concoction that’s less bitter and lower in caffeine.
- We recommend you add at least 2 times the amount of recommended tea per serving, because cold-brewed tea is often less powerful than hot tea.
- Add cool or room temperature filtered water and steep in the fridge 6-12 hours.
- When it reaches desired strength, add ice and enjoy!
Iced Tea 101 - Method 2: If You're Quasi-Patient:
- Steep tea as directed with hot water. Follow the directions on the package for time/temperature recommendations.
- Remove tea leaves and, if you wish to sweeten your brew, add that in while it’s hot. (Many sweeteners, like honey, brown sugar, or agave dissolve better before the tea cools.)
- Stick it in the fridge.
- Wait a few hours for tea to cool.
- Add ice and enjoy!
Iced Tea 101 - Method 3: If You Like Instant Gratification:
Essentially you brew an extra strong tea concentrate, and then add ice. The ice melts, cooling the tea, and also diluting it to regular strength.
- For each serving of loose leaf tea, add ½ the amount of hot water. (A standard serving is 8 ounces, so half of that would be 4 ounces, or ½ cup, of water.) Multiply up for larger quantities.
- Steep the tea leaves the suggested amount of time. Each CommuniTea Center tea has time/temperature recommendations on the package. It varies from 2-5+ minutes.
- When time is up, remove the tea leaves.
- If you like to sweeten your tea, add sugar/honey/stevia/etc. while your tea is hot, so it dissolves better.
- Add your ice. Make sure to stir so it cools evenly.
Iced Tea 101 - Note
You can also 4) Make Sun Tea, but we don’t recommend this method since the risk of bacteria growth is a little higher.