Let's get this straight-to-the-point: you don't want a steaming hot cup of tea at a scorching 95°F (in some cities). But you can have your daily cup of tea through the hot summer—just cold brewed.
The secret to the perfect iced tea is not pouring hot brewed tea over ice cubes. "Cold brewing" is the key to making the best iced tea. Traditionally, to make iced tea, we used to steep the leaves in hot water then pour into a pitcher filled with cold water and ice. Sometimes, the tea would be bitter, and adding sugar is almost a necessity.
Why was the tea too bitter to taste? Because we used to steep it for too long in boiling water, turning it to a concentrate rather than a brew. Letting the mixture (or concentrate, if you will) cool for hours afterward leaves you with an astringent tea without anything to be happy about.
Well, here's a thing about cold brewing tea: it's how you should always make iced tea. You'll find it delicious, and it's a complete game changer for your everyday tea experience. Colder steeping temperatures cause less extraction of the tannins (the substance that makes your tea bitter) the way hot water does, resulting in a blend with light astringency and bitterness. You don't have to worry too much about the amount of tea leaves or how long you have to steep them—delicate teas like green tea are best brewed in cold water.
So how do you cold brew your tea to an iced-beverage perfection? It's pretty simple.
- Float the tea leaves in water (we recommend using between one and two teaspoons of tea leaves for every cup of water or four to five teaspoons for a liter).
- Let the container sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Refrigerate overnight, or about 8 hours.
- Strain the leaves. Optional: add sugar, or preferably simple syrup, to taste.
- Add ice and enjoy your cold brewed tea.
Remember: If you messed up your brew (no worries, totally forgivable for first timers), there are a few ways to rescue it. Too strong? Just dilute the blend with more water. Too light? Add flavorings to taste (like honey, cinnamon, or even liquors). A simple syrup also acts as a stabilizer for visitors who are not much of a tea fan.
And, do you know you can "re-steep" your tea for another round of cold brewing? However, for uncompromised quality of your brew, we recommend using Christopher Bean's high-quality signature blends of family-size gallon iced tea bags available in 8 different flavors. Check them out below:
- Christopher Bean's Premium Iced Tea Blend
- Christopher Bean's Green Iced Tea
- Christopher Bean's Mango Iced Tea
- Christopher Bean's Peach Iced Tea
- Christopher Bean's Southern Style Iced Tea
- Christopher Bean's Dragon Fruit Green/Black Iced Tea
- Christopher Bean's Passion Fruit & Papaya Green/Black Iced Tea
- Christopher Bean's Plumb Ginger Green/Black Iced Tea
With unique, subtle flavors consisting of different fruits, our full line of teas is made only from the best ingredients to ensure an authentic tea experience. Most of these iced tea blends are unsweetened for a guilt-free refreshment.
If you want to re-steep your tea, brew the leaves in cold water for a longer 16 hours instead of the usual 8 hours to make sure you'll get all the remaining flavors. With Christopher Bean's all-natural organic teas, you'll enjoy every cup of cold-brewed iced tea as you drink away the scorching heat of summer.
Christopher Bean's tea blends are all-natural and organic. You can visit this link, https://christopherbean.com/collections/all-tea to browse our tea collection.