making Iced Tea

Any tea can make a delicious iced tea in just 4 minutes. hen making iced tea, the objective is to first make a doubles strength concentrate, then dilute it with cold water.  Also try a cold brew process, leaving leaves in cold water and placed in your refrigerator overnight. Iced tea concentrate can be stored in your refrigerator for 48 hours. Listed below are a few of our favorites whose flavors are especially enhanced when served chilled. 


Ingredients & Tools

Makes 64oz (2 quarts) brewed iced tea.

  • Loose Leaf Tea: 4 tsp for Black, Green, Oolong, Puerh. 4 Tbsp for bulkier teas like White and some Herbals.
  • Tea infuser - basket or paper.
  • 64oz vessel for brewed tea.
  • Hot Water, 32oz.
  • Cold water, 32oz.
  • Fresh ice cubes.

 

Directions

  1. Heat 1 quart water to suggested temperature for the type of tea you are brewing (See chart to the right).
  2. Scoop dry tea leaf into infuser.
  3. Place infuser in brewing vessel.
  4. Pour 32 oz hot water into brewing vessel ensuring the tea leaves are submerged within the infuser.
  5. Steep for desired time for desired strength of concentrate. More time = stronger brew. See suggested brewing time chart to the right.
  6. Remove tea infuser.
  7. Add 32 oz cold water.
  8. Pour over ice & enjoy!

Brewing Guidelines

Tea Temp (F°) Time
Black 190° - 200° 3 - 5 min
Green 180° - 190° 3 - 4 min
Oolong 190° - 200° 2 - 4 min
Pu-erh 190° - 212° 3 - 5 min
White 180° 4 - 6 min
Herbal 212° 3 - 5 min
  • Tea brewing is a function of leaf, temp, and time.
  • It takes only 2 grams worth of tea (about the weight of a dime) to make an 8 oz cup. Generally, a mounded teaspoon is plenty, keeping in mind that the bulkier the tea, the bulkier the scoopful needed.
  • Teas - especially oolongs - can be steeped multiple times.
  • The higher the grade of tea, the more steepings you can expect.