How to: Make Iced Tea with Loose Leaf Tea

How to: Make Iced Tea with Loose Leaf Tea

Shanae
2 minute read

One of the most common questions we get is, "Which of your teas can we make cold brew?" While cold brew, or iced tea, is just basically loose leaf tea, the process really isn't much different from making hot tea.

Thank God for that, right?

Anyway, the biggest difference is typically how much tea you need to make iced tea as opposed to hot tea. 

When you're making hot tea, the heat from the water helps bring out the flavor and all the other good stuff in the tea, like volatile oils, tannins and more (it sounds way worse than it actually is). When you make iced tea, especially in a cold brew style, you don't have that heat and you'll need more tea to make a flavorful cup of tea. The good thing, though, is that despite the extra tea, your iced tea is not bitter. 

There are 3 ways to brew iced tea:

Option 1 [TEA SAVING METHOD]: Make your tea like normal, like it's a hot cup. Then allow the tea to chill in the fridge until it reaches your desired temperature. The best part about this option is that you don't have to use extra tea. It's a great brewing option for making one or two cups of iced tea. 

Option 2 [MAKE IN ADVANCE METHOD]: Add twice as much tea for every 8 ounces of water you'll be using. In most instances, when making our loose leaf teas, you'll need one or two teaspoons, but with this method, it's best to use twice as much. Pour cold water over the tea leaves and allow the tea to cool in the fridge for at least 6 hours. After 6 hours, strain the tea leaves from the water and then sweeten, add fruit, etc. to your iced tea blend.

Option 3 [QUICK METHOD]: Make your tea over the stove. Add desired amount of tea to water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Strain the tea leaves from the hot infusion and allow it to cool, then add the infusion to a pitcher with ice and stir until cold. 

As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy your teas iced and they all taste delicious, all that matters is how much time you've got. 

Below are some of our favorite teas to enjoy iced:

Red Bone™

Red Bone™

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Blow™

Blow™

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C.R.E.A.M.™

C.R.E.A.M.™

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Yella™

Yella™

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Not Coffee™

Not Coffee™

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