Last week, we talked about making a large quantity of tea. To summarize, you obey one rule: always follow the package directions for steeping time and water temperature. What’s different for larger quantities is that you add more tea leaves, in proportion to the number of servings you’re steeping. However, today we’re going to talk about the one instance where you actually get to break the rule: overnight iced tea!
Another way to refer to this process is “cold-brewing.” With this method, you do have to vary the steeping time because the water temperature is so low. But you can rest easy, knowing when you wake up, you’ll have amazing, refreshing iced tea, ready to go!
So how do you cold-brew overnight iced tea? Read on to find out!
Cold-brewing is exactly what you think it is: steeping tea with cold water instead of hot! Regular (hot) brewing extracts the flavors of the tea (and the caffeine) quickly. Cold-brewing does work, but the steeping process takes a lot longer.
Our recommended method of making overnight iced tea results in a brew that’s often smoother, less bitter, and lower in caffeine. However (full disclosure!), sometimes some of the nuances of the tea flavor are less pronounced, so it’s a bit of a trade-off.
Steps to make overnight iced tea:
- Choose a container for tea brewing, and figure out how many 8-oz servings fit into that container. For example, the Tea Traveler in the photo to the left holds 16 ounces, or 2 servings.
- Add loose leaf tea. You’ll want to use more tea per serving–generally 1.5x-2x the recommendation on the package. As mentioned above, cold-brewed tea is generally less powerful than hot tea, so adding more tea leaves (or tea bags) helps. So, in the photo, there are technically 4 servings of tea of “One Love” rooibos blend in the Tea Traveler.
- Fill the container with fresh water. Room temperature water is preferable, but cold water is okay, too.
- Stick everything in the fridge. We recommend you wait 6-12 hours (or overnight) to ensure your concoction has a nice flavor.
- Optional: Strain out the tea leaves or remove tea bags (if your container doesn’t have a built-in filter).
- Enjoy your yummy overnight iced tea!
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