Here's how to cold brew tea for a perfect glass of iced tea on a hot summer day.
Did you know you could make iced tea in your refrigerator? There's no need to turn on the heat, the tea steeps while it sits in the fridge. Cold brewed tea is less bitter, and stays clear when it's chilled.
Just put a jar of filtered water and tea bags in the refrigerator in the morning and have fresh brewed iced tea waiting in the afternoon. Or make it overnight and it's ready to go in the morning.
I pour it over a glass full of ice, lemon slices and fresh mint from the garden. I always drink my iced tea unsweetened. But if you like yours sweetened, try a touch of honey simple syrup (equal parts honey and water heated just until the honey dissolves).
You can use any tea you like for cold brew. Just make sure it's a good quality tea with no artificial ingredients. Experiment with mixing different teas together to find your perfect blend.
My favorite combination is black or green tea mixed with Earl Grey. I love the hint of citrus from the oil of bergamot in the Earl Grey. It works really well with the lemon and mint.
Cold brew iced tea with lemon and mint is simple and easy to make — a perfect treat for the dog days of summer.
- 6 cups filtered water
- 6 good quality tea bags I used English Teatime and Earl Grey
- lemon slices
- fresh mint sprigs
- ice cubes
Fill glass jar with filtered water, add tea bags, and seal jar.
Refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight.
Fill glasses with ice cubes, lemon slices and mint sprigs. Pour tea over ice.