There’s two ways to brew a great iced tea. One way works best if you have a little more time on your hands, but we know life is always on the go - so there’s also a way to brew a great iced tea when you’re on the fly!
Sure, you could just make some tea and add some ice cubes… but then you get a watered-down cup that doesn’t really taste like much and where’s the fun in that?
First up – the cold brew
We know… why didn’t someone tell us we could do this a long time ago?
• Figure out your pitcher size. Most are 16, 24, 32 or 64 oz.
• Then do math. Measure out your tea as you always would (1 teaspoon per 8oz of water – so typically, 2. 3. 4 or 8 tsp)
• Pour cold water on your brew and leave it in the fridge for a few hours (heck we’ve been known to leave it for just 10 mins when we’re really craving Berry Burst!) . Voilà! Add some fruit and some ice cubes and you’re good to go!
We like to make ours in our pitcher and leave it overnight in the fridge! Easy to grab the next day and a great alternative to sugary juices. One of the best ways to brew a great iced tea.
Second on the roster… The quick fix!
In the store, we hand make every iced cup to go this way. The trick is to brew up a concentrate of tea with hot water! Let’s say you want to make an on-the-go tumbler full of tea. We would add our two tea teaspoons to the infuser as always, and add only half the water.
Next, we steep per the instructions for that particular tea (time and temperature). This will create a concentrate fullllll of flavour which is the best way to make a great iced tea. Then, we add ice cubes to it. The melting cubes mellow out the concentrate and fill up our cocktail shaker (in th store) or your tumbler, while quickly cooling down our hot brew to a refreshing iced bevy. Literally easy as 1, 2, 3!
Pro tip #1: Cocktail shakers cool it down fast and leave a frothy pretty drink. Fill your shaker with ice, pour in your concentrate, shake baby shake then pour it out in a glass and top with more ice as needed
Pro tip #2: if you like to add a little sweetener to your iced tea, make sure you do it before you shake it on ice so the honey, syrup or sugar has an easier time melting. For cold brewing, we recommend using vanilla or maple syrup over honey as it mixes a bit easier with the cooler temperatures!
That’s it folks! A few ways to brew a great iced tea. Hope you found this useful and happy brewing! <3