Hot Weather Teas
Looking for new cold brew teas, we gotcha covered! Iced green teas and herbal tisanes make excellent hot weather beverages, crisp and fresh. Some estimate that about 80% of the tea consumed in America is iced tea, and of that, a large majority is made with black tea. Occasionally iced green tea is found on menus but we’ll share how to make it on your time and without additives. It’s good to know that loose leaf green tea contains ten times the catechins and polyphenols (antioxidant power) over most other teas out there. Simply drinking a cup of green tea in place of a sweetened beverage is a refreshing and sure to satisfy.
Directions for Iced Green Tea:
Green Teas and green tea blends:
*Boil 4 cups of water in a pan.
*Remove from heat and let it cool to 175ºF (1-2 minutes). You can use a kitchen thermometer to check the temperature.
*Add 3 tablespoons of your favorite green tea. [If you are using sachets, use 6-8 for steeping in the four cups of water.]
*Steep for 3-6 minutes.
*Using a tea strainer pour tea into a pitcher. Allow to cool to room temperature. Fill pitcher with ice and serve.
Green teas take lemon well, which also increases the absorption rate of healthy polyphenols. We recommend Sencha or Jasmine teas for iced!
Quick mention: herbal teas are harvested from their own plants and do not come from the camelia sinensis tea plant, thus they are called ‘tisanes.’ Most people, however, continue to call them a kind of ‘tea’. The beauty of herbal tisanes is they are naturally caffeine free, offer a vast array of flavors, each with varied minerals and antioxidants. You can steep them as long as you want as they don’t become bitter.
Directions for Iced Herbal Tisanes:
For a pitcher, follow the same directions as for black tea https://theteacellar.com/tea-news/summertime-is-iced-tea-time/ but add 4 tablespoons of your favorite herb or herbal blend to 4 cups boiled water and steep for 8-12 minutes. Strain. Sweeten as desired and serve! Our most popular iced beverage is Berry Berry, a blend containing elderberry with hibiscus, naturally sweet.
Herbals by the Glass
- Boil 6 ounces of water
- Use off the boil at about 195ºF
- 2 teaspoons of loose leaf herbs
- Strain after 10+ minutes steeping
- Sweeten if desired
- Add to ice filled glass and serve
- Delicious with a sprig of your favorite herb!
- Only use bottled spring water or fresh tap water.
- Do not over steep green tea as you run the risk of making it bitter.
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