COLD BREW TEA
Cold-brewing is the easiest and simplest way to make a cold and refreshing drinks. The only hard part is waiting for the tea to brew in the fridge for a few hours.
Slow and gentle steeping process of cold-brewing results in sweet and smooth tasting teas with no bitterness and less caffeine. The cold water extracts a different chemical balance from the tea than hot water.
Here are some simple steps to make 1 ltr of cold-brewed tea :
1) Use a 1 ltr jug or bottle with a lid and fill it with room temperature water.
2) ADD 4 tsps of loose leaf tea
3) Put the lid on the jug/bottle and put it in the refrigerator for
4-12 hours (or overnight).
Usually 'White teas' brew the quickest followed by 'green teas',
oolong, black teas, herbal and pu-erh teas.
4) Strain the tea and your 'Cold brew' tea is ready.
This is just a guideline, please experiment with the time to see what suits you best.
If you want, you can garnish or flavor the tea with citrus zest/peel/slices, ginger, mint or other herbs, honey, splash of fruit juice/nectar.
Adjust the amount of tea and water depending on the tea you are brewing and the quantity you need to make. If the tea requires a tablespoon of tea per cup then do the same for a cold brew.
If you don't have time to prepare in advance, 'flash chill' is another way to make a cold and refreshing drink without the wait.
Make a hot cup of tea using twice the amount of tea leaves per cup.
For eg, if you are making 1 cup of black tea, use 2 tsps of tea leaves, 1 cup of hot water and brew for 3-5 mins. Pour the hot tea into a jar/shaker full of ice cubes and shake it vigorously.
Alternatively put it all in a blender and give it a quick whiz-viola! your tea is ready!