While we’re all sitting at home
hoping and waiting for the COVID-19 situation to reach it’s end, we thought we’d
help all of you looking to learn, practice and perfect a skill or two with the
down time you have.
And since summer is around the corner, we thought we’d let you in on something that’s extremely popular in the F&B industry especially this time of year – the Cold Brew Iced Tea.
Why Cold Brew:
Cold-brewed tea is real good for
you from a general health and wellness perspective. While steeping green tea for
3 -5 minutes in hot water can produce more of certain antioxidants, keep in
mind that most tea experts recommend steeping green tea for a maximum for one
or two minutes, since the longer wait in hot water will render the tea bitter,
tannic, and astringent.
Steeping tea in cold water for at
least 12 hours is seen to have better extraction abilities than hot water
brewing while cold-brewed tea would have half or two-thirds of the caffeine
content of a hot cup of tea.
It’s also a good practice to switch up the temperature of your tea every once in a while, especially when you’re feeling extra thirsty in the summer and want something cold.
How to Make Cold Brew Iced Tea:
The method itself is incredibly
simple. Just combine loose-leaf tea or whole tea bags and water in a pitcher
and let the tea infuse the water for 6 to 12 hours in the refrigerator (see
instructions below for specifics). Strain, and you have cold-brew tea that will
taste great for days!
For best results, use Loose Leaf
Teas. For easier preparation, dunk whole tea bags in a jar of water!
Your easy-to-make, refreshing cold brew iced tea without the tannic, bitter flavors found in regular tea is now ready! What’s even better is that it stays fresh for several days!
1 tea bag (or 1 teaspoon loose-leaf
tea) per 6 to 8 glasses of water, depending on desired strength
Optional add-ons: sliced lemons, sweetener of choice, fresh mint
leaves, sliced cucumber
For the best flavour while using
tea bags, snip off the corners and dump the loose tea into your pitcher. Or,
just put the whole bags in the pitcher for tea that is almost as good, and easier
to make. Fill the pitcher with room temperature or cold water.
Cover the pitcher and refrigerate.
Steep white or green tea for 6 to 8 hours; steep black or oolong tea for 8 to
Once your time is up, strain the
loose-leaf tea out of the pitcher by pouring the tea through a fine mesh sieve
(for best results, cover the sieve with a cheesecloth or paint-straining bag
used exclusively for food products) or just pull out the tea bags. Discard the
tea or tea bags.
Serve your cold brew as is or with any add-ons of your choice. Your cold brew will retain freshness, when covered and refrigerated, typically for about 3 – 5 days.
Switching on the Style with your
As you get better with your
brewing techniques, chances are you may want to evolve your brewing methods
too. We recommend that you try pairing different teas to get a cold brew blend
that’s unique and your signature. Just make sure to check whether the teas you’re
planning to cold steep together are compatible.
Also, another great way to find your groove is to try different infusions with your cold brew while serving a tall glass of iced tea. Mix and match from a whole range of fruit, berrys, vegetables and flavours while making your iced tea for endless summer possibilities!
That concludes this edition of lockdown DIY’s from your friendly neighbourhood Chai Point. Alternatively, if you’re thirsty just looking at this and want to skip some steps, pick up your phone and take your pick! We’ll send some home!
We’ll be back with more stuff that
you can do that’s fun and engaging while we see the lockdown through together.
More Chai to you!