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Nothing can be more refreshing than a nice ice tea on a warm summer’s day. Why not take things up a notch by adding a wallop of flavor by cold brewing something new to wet your whistle? Cold brew tea has the same health benefits as hot tea, but is usually made over a six to 12 hour time period in jar that is holds somewhere between four and eight cups. But, if you are in a hurry, and who isn’t these days, you can always do a quick steeped tea, then pour over ice cubes in a nice tall glass and…ahhhhhhh. You’ll feel just like that Lipton commercial where people fell in the pool.
Check out some of these great cold brew tea recipes, tips, and fun infusers (just in case you can’t wait) for that long, cool sip you’ve been dreaming off all day long.
Many people will recommend the use of loose leaf tea in making your cold brews. Here is a basic recipe to get you started:
See the variations below for some novel cold brew tea ideas.
You can make fabulous cold brewed tea using simple white, green, oolong, or black tea or ramp it up by adding different fresh fruits or herbs to give it an extra kick. Here are some fun recipes you can try at home in preparation for the lazy afternoon hanging out on the front porch and watching the world go by.
So what happens when that day arrives when you open the refrigerator and are surprised to find that the cold brewed tea container is (gadzooks) empty! Fear not, because there is a way to have your cold brewed tea WITHOUT (say that again) WITHOUT it becoming diluted through the use of ice cubes. True, you will have to use ice cubes to cool it down, BUT if you make TEA ICE CUBES, you can instantly have your favorite beverage without losing any of the flavor.
Now you can always be at the ready for cold brewed tea, any time.
With tea bags already being portioned, you can be pretty sure your ratio of water to tea will be good. Typically, one tea bag, steeped in four cups of water over night will do the trick nicely. Bigelow, Twinings, Lipton, and Celestial Seasonings, among others, have wonderful assortments of teas you can try with cold brewing.
You can also create your own tea bags, which will allow you to create your own flavors. The advantage to a tea bag is you don’t have to steep the tea to remove the leaves. And you can easily use the recipes above, too!
Did you know that used tea bags can have a life after steeping? You can open used tea bags and spread the leaves around plants as fertilizer (they can be a deterrent to mice, too). To deodorize carpets and rugs, save used tea bags in the refrigerator and, when you have enough, open the bags and let them air dry until just damp, sprinkle on the area, and let them totally dry, then vacuum up. You can even use them to remove bad breath, condition your hair, or sooth your skin. Learn more ways to reuse your tea bags at Natural Living Ideas.