June is here and things are starting to heat up! A tall glass of fresh brewed iced tea is my preferred way of cooling down. I think I shared in a previous blog about how I drank an entire pitcher of black currant one afternoon at Sterling Tea...but I digress.
It's Iced Tea Month and we have made it easy to make the perfect iced tea with our new iced tea packets! Each 100 gram pouch makes 3 gallons of iced tea (about 48 serving). Check out our iced tea page here.
There are many ways of making iced tea. I remember my mother's old tea jar used specifically for sun tea. Of course, that was before I discovered loose leaf, good loose leaf tea. I've come a long way baby!
Now, I've been using my good 'ole Mr. Coffee iced tea maker forever but I recently discovered cold brew. Can you say YUM! I'm not sure how it's possible but it tastes better (no bitter!) and seems to stay fresher longer.
We all know brewing makes all the difference to a cup of tea. Leave the tea bag in too long and it’s bound to get bitter. Take it out too soon and it will taste weak. With cold brewing, you don’t have to worry about timing. Cold water extracts flavors more slowly and naturally so the result is less bitter and more clean than hot tea. Here's how I make my cold brew iced tea concentrate:
Add up to 4 Tbsp. loose leaf tea to 1 qt. filtered water. 1qt canning jar works like a charm!
Refrigerate green teas, white teas, and herbals for 2-6 hours and black and oolong teas for 6-10 hours. Or, brew to taste. (remember if you want stronger tea, don't brew longer, add more leaf)
Strain and serve. (or use a filter. I like the finum tea filters or a good brew basket.)
Did you know cold brewed tea retains more antioxidants than hot brewed teas. Studies also show that cold brewed teas contain about half (or two thirds) the amount of caffeine.
Go out, enjoy the sunshine and family times with some cold brew iced tea.
Be well and drink more tea!