Making Iced Tea with Loose Leaf Tea!

by on Sunday, June 5, 2011 8:59:00 PM

Summer is finally here and that means lots of sun and hot weather! It also means lots of iced tea for those who enjoy cool refreshing drinks on those dog days of summer. Making iced tea with loose leaf tea though can seem like a daunting task especially when compared to the ease of tea bags. In this article, I’m going to outline two easy ways to make iced tea with loose leaf tea and hopefully show that this process can be just as easy and convenient as using tea bags with the full, rich flavor that you expect from loose leaf tea.

Method 1: Brewing Double Strength

The first method to making iced tea with loose leaves is called brewing double strength. With this method you will brew the loose leaves in the same way that you brew them hot, the only difference is that you are going to use half the water and then mix that concentrated brew with a second part of water at room temperature. So let’s say you are using enough tea to make one cup. Add one teaspoon to one tablespoon of tea leaves depending on the tea that you are making and then add ½ cup of hot water to the leaves. Brew according to desired strength and then pour the brew into a pitcher. Repeat 3-4 times depending on how many times your tea leaves can be resteeped and then let cool to around room temperature. Once at room temperature, add equal parts water and then put the pitcher in the fridge. Be careful not to change the temperature of the tea too quickly because you can “shock” the tea and create a cloudy appearance and slightly more astringent taste if you do.

Method 2: Cold Brew

For this method let’s pretend you want to make a 5 cup pitcher. Typically when brewing tea hot you use around 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of tea leaves for cup. Depending on your desired strength you typically use 1.5 times this recommend amount or 7.5 teaspoons to 7.5 tablespoons of tea for the cold brew method, depending on the variety of tea. Place the dry tea leaves in the bottom of your pictcher, and then just barely cover them with hot water (200-205 F) for one minute to allow them to release their aroma. Finally fill the pitcher up with cold water and let it sit in the fridge for 1-2 nights depending on desired strength.

Hopefully this helped you learn how to brew iced tea with loose leaf tea a little bit better. Enjoy the summer months, and remember to stay hydrated with your favorite teas!

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