By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, LM, RA (Registered Aromatherapist)
Have you ever over-brewed your hot tea, making a bitter drink that’s hard to enjoy? Cold brewing is a way to slowly infuse tea leaves and herbs without extracting excessive tannins that can cause a bitter taste. Plus, delicate nutrients and flavors will not be scorched in the heating process.
Year round, I am a big fan of cold brewing herbal teas! I always have a pitcher-full of a vibrant and refreshing blend ready to drink in my refrigerator. They are easy to make, hard to over-brew, and offer a depth of deliciousness that a hot tea can’t match. This article includes my favorite 5 cold brew tea recipes!
PS – Be picky and make your teas with organic herbs. And use filtered water. You will taste the difference!
Listed below are instructions for making my five favorite cold brew recipes. But first, here are three things to consider before making the recipes.
Hands down, this is the most delicious cold brew tea I have ever made. And the brilliant red color is so divine! This is a great tea to serve guests – it’s sure to impress.
For a milder flavor after brewing, try adding more water. In addition, I have found that deleting sugar from this recipe simply does not work because it is needed to take away the bitterness of the lime peel.
An early grey offers a special surprise in that the dried tea leaves have been luxuriously flavored with essential oil of bergamot. Extracted from the citrus rind of Citrus bergamia, the addition imparts a sweet citrus and slightly floral flavor. Earl grey teas taste more robustly flavorful when cold brewed. Adding the lavender offers an additional sweet, smooth, floral note.
Chai is spicy, sweet, and creamy tea using traditional Indian spices. I like to pre-make the ground spice mix, from which I can mix up a cold brewed or hot brewed chai tea easily. The basic rule of thumb is to add 2 tsp of ground spices to 1 cup of water to brew. Then, add 1 cup of milk and sweetener based on taste preference.
However, I when I cold brew, I like to brew the spices in with the milk as well because it extracts more of the fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and flavors.
This cold brew offers a mild and refreshing flavor, making it a joy to drink a tall glassful. I especially like the way green tea leaves cold brew. And the ginger, lemon peel, and poppy seeds compliment the flavor nicely.
I like to pair a green tea with ginger, and the splash of orange juice with some lemon peel makes this cold brew lightly refreshing. I prefer to use fresh squeezed oranges, because the flavor is more vivid.
Cold brewed teas can taste amazing. Bye-bye bitterness and hello refreshing nutrients. Stick a jarful in the fridge in the evening, then strain and drink the next day. So worth it!