How To Brew Hot Tea
How to Make Iced Tea
Iced tea is such a refreshing way to enjoy tea both regular and herbal brews. There are a few ways to make it, but let's start with a traditional method. Following the guidelines for making hot tea, we want to double the amount for iced so if you need 1 tsp for hot, you'll need 2 tsp per cup. This is because we need to count the ice part of our total water volume for our finished brew. We generally make several cups to a pitcher of iced tea at a time so use half the amount of water you will need total to brew the tea. Start by heating the water to the desired temperature, add the tea and brew for 10 min. Strain the tea and stir in any sweetener if you are using it. Add the remaining cold water and stir together. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until chilled. Serve over ice and enjoy!
For a 2 quart pitcher of tea, we will make 1 quart of hot tea and add the other quart of water after brewing.
Heat 1 quart of water to the desired temperature. Once heated, add 10-12 teaspoons of tea and steep for 10 min.
Strain the tea, add sweetener, stir in the remaining water, and chill in the fridge.
Cold Brew Method
Another way to enjoy an iced tea on a hot day is by using the cold brew method. This technique is slightly different and has slightly different results. Cold brewing takes longer but it also reduces some of the bitterness and tannins in your cup.
For 1 quart of cold brew use 2 Tablespoons of tea.
Place tea, water, and any sweetener or fruit you are using in a quart jar. Cap tightly, give it a shake, and place in the fridge.
Shake once every half hour to hour and keep in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Strain, and serve over ice.