Overnight Cold Brew Tea

June 29, 2009

We southerners love our iced tea (especially sweet tea) in the summer time, but who wants to heat a boiling pot of water when it’s stifling hot outside? Cold brewed tea is the perfect way to quench your summer thirst without wilting in front of the stove.

Directions: Place tea leaves or tea bags (2 to 3) in a pitcher of cold, filtered tap water. Let sit over night or until the tea has reached desired potency then remove tea leaves/bags. I used 2 teabags for 2 nights and the tea was perfect! It was a tad lighter in color than hot brewed tea and the flavors were more subtle so I didn’t need to add sweetner. But, if you want to sweeten it up a bit, add a drizzle of agave nectar or honey. If you prefer a strong tea flavor, begin by using extra tea leaves/bags and soak them in the water for an extra night.

I enjoyed this cold brew method because it was hassle free and did not require me to pay attention to hot tea boiling on the stove top (i’ve scorched more than one pot forgetting that my tea was boiling on the stove! scary!). I will be using this cold brew method from now on.

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Anne June 30, 2009 at 11:54 am

Sounds refreshing! I’ve also used this method for iced coffee. In a french press add 1/4 cup ground coffee and 1 cup cold water. Refrigerate overnight. In the a.m., add 1 cup cold water, then press. I added milk and agave to my cup. perfect!

Sophia June 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Oh what a refreshing way to enjoy tea in the hot summer weathers! I think I have heard abt this on The Splendid Table!

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