Why You Should Be Cold-Brewing Your Herbal Tea

I’m having a love-hate relationship with tea right now. I adore my cuppa but my body isn’t liking the heat. I’m inclined to make a big pitcher of iced tea instead but my teas have been tasting a bit on the bitter side.

Off to google I go!

So I’ve heard of cold brew coffee before, but cold-brewed tea? not so much. I didn’t know it was a thing!

So I thought I’d take you through my journey with cold-brew teas if you haven’t tried it yet!

IMG_3145.png

What is cold-brewing or cold-steeping?

“brewing” or “steeping” teas in cold water and extracting its flavors over a longer period of time.

Why you should be cold-brewing/steeping your teas:
  • easier to steep than hot brews (less risk of oversteeping)
  • less bitter and astringent taste (due to less tannins being released)
  • naturally sweeter
  • you still get all of the antioxidants
  • proportions for steeping not as critical
  • perfect for spring/summer
  • idiot-proof!

You can cold-brew almost any kind of tea! Black, green, white, oolong, etc. and especially herbal teas! With herbal teas, you can even use fresh herbs…just give it a quick muddle to extract more flavor.

How to cold-brew or cold-steep your teas
  1. Add one spoonful of looseleaf tea or one teabag for every cup of tea into a pitcher or mason jar
  2. fill pitcher or mason jar to the top with cold, filtered water
  3. pop it into the fridge overnight
  4. strain looseleaf tea or teabags
  5. pour over ice or a to-go container
  6. voilá!fill with water Collage
    close fridge Collage

Tip: the longer you leave it in the fridge steeping, the more flavor, antioxidants and color it extracts. Try leaving it in for a minimum of an hour or two versus overnight. See which one suits your fancy!

before and after Collage.png
My cold-brews sat in the fridge for 11 hours.

 

The only way you can screw up a cold-brew is if you forget it in the fridge! #coldbrewfordays #NOT

I loved all of the cold-brewed teas that I made, except the Mint. I’m a little underwhelmed that it didn’t infuse more like the loose leaf teas. I’m guessing that because it’s a fresh herb, that it needs to steep for longer.

IMG_3150

Well, tea lovers, I hope you give cold-brew a go and let me know how it goes!

Keep on steeping,

748077032501716100117

One thought on “Why You Should Be Cold-Brewing Your Herbal Tea

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s