Ice Tea 101

ice-tea

Making iced tea is nothing complicated; even if you make a tiny mistake here or there, you will always get a better iced tea.   Making it yourself from good quality loose leaf tea, is much better than if you make it from the powdered stuff from the store, which contains a great deal of added sugar and artificial flavour. It can be a fun parent-child activity that your kids will love.


When making tea, two components always come together:

  1. good quality loose leaf tea
  2. water exempt of chlorine.

While choosing good quality loose leaf tea and filtered water, you put all chances for success on your side.


All tea types make good iced tea, although subtle white tea taste can be lost while adding fruits, juice and sweetener.  Black tea is always one of my favorites, green tea and oolong tea make great iced tea as well. Don’t forget the Rooibos and fruit blends, they are a great caffeine free alternative for the whole family.


Water has major impact on tea taste. If your tap water smells chlorine, you should use a “Brita” type filter or use bottled spring water. Remember: great tasting water makes great tasting tea.


Six rules to make the perfect iced tea:

  1. When brewing pure tea (without flavoring), use 10g of loose leaf for one liter of water at room temperature.
  2. If your recipe contains fruit juice, use 15g of loose leaf per water liter.
  3. If you like your tea stronger, add more leaves; never steep longer than recommended, this would allow the tannins to develop too far and to create bitterness. For a lighter taste, shorten the steeping time; do not reduce the recommended leaf quantity.
  4. Use good quality and healthy sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, agave syrup or brown rice syrup. For a low calorie tea use Stevia, which is more natural than the other brands. For best results, make simple tea syrup by mixing one part of water to two parts of sweetener, mix well and bring to boil for two minutes. The light syrup dissolve much better in cold tea.
  5. Always let the steeped tea completely cool down before puttingit in the refrigerator; this will reduce the chances of cloudy teaand/or bitter.
  6. Only use 100% natural fruit juices, not made from concentrate (organic preferably). Frozen juices are good alternative. Why ruin a good quality tea with artificial flavour?

 

Three methods


1. Brewed at room temperature
This method is the one who gives a well-balanced, tasty and beautiful clear tea.

Tea Type                                           Leaves/ 1L water            Steeping time                            Note

Pure black tea (without flavour)              10g                          Over night (at least 8 hours)

Pure green tea (without flavour)             10g                          Two to four hours                      Taste the tea after two hours, and then each half hour, until you get the taste you want.     

Flavored black tea                                 15-20g                       One hour

Flavored green tea                                15-20g                       30 minutes.                               Good for white and oolong tea as well.

In all cases, once steeping time ends, strain out leaves, add other ingredients and refrigerate.

2. Brewed in hot water

This method is faster but can result in a cloudy and bitter tea

Tea Type                                           Leaves/ 1L water            Steeping time                            Note

All tea types                                              8g                            Follow the instructions              If you add fruit juice, use 12g to 15g of loose leaves.

                                                                                                   on your tea tin       

  Let completely cool down, add other ingredients and refrigerate.

   

3. Brewed in the refrigerator

This method is recommended with Japanese green tea, Rooibos, fruit and herbal blends  

Tea Type                                           Leaves/ water                  Water temperature                      Steeping time

Japanese green tea                             10g/ 1L                                   Cool                                   3 hours in refrigerator

Rooibos, fruit blend and

herbal blend*                                        10g/ 1 cup                              95 deg. Celsius                5 minutes

*Rooibos, fruit or herbal blends: Once steeping time ends, add one cup (or so) of ice cubes and fill one liter container or jar with cold water; refrigerate until ice cubes have completely melted. Strain out the leaves and add other ingredients.


If you have a Hario Filter-In bottle, you don’t even have to strain out the leaves.  You can add the other ingredients with the ice cubes and keep everything in your bottle; it is so easy!

 


 

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Tea how to.