Good afternoon Steepers!
As you know spring is trying really hard to make an appearance for the year (at least here in Ontario) so to get things rolling on the tea front I’m ging to give you an easy how to for how I cold steep tea. Cold steeping? What is that you ask? Well its basically steeping tea with cold water instead of hot water. I like to use this method especially for flavoured white or green teas because they don’t burn or get bitter.
What you need
- A container to steep in. I prefer mason jars (500mL or 1L jars) but a carafe, pitcher or teapot would also work.
- Fresh water. Filtered or distilled is preferable.
- Tea of choice. Herbal, fruit infusions or flavoured white or green work best.
- Infusing device optional (will explain). Filter bags, water infuser in a pitcher or teapot or a tea ball or perfect mug infuser are all good options
- sweetener of choice optional. I would suggest rock sugar, honey or stevia but this is all based on preference.
Watch this video to see how I do it:
Step 1: pick your tea!
Step 2: put tea into filter/infuser. Make sure to use at least 2x what you would for hot. I usually use 2 teaspoons for a standard mason jar (500ml) (aka. 2 teavana perfect spoons, or 1-1.5 Davids tea perfect spoons) basically double the recommended amount and increase for the correct size of container, follow the label.
Step 3: pick your container, pop in tea bag or infuser and pour in your water, this can be cold or room temperature.
Step 4 (optional): Add sweetener and stir. I prefer rock sugar, or honey, but you can use whatever you prefer be it brown or white sugar, maple syrup, stevia, agave, xylotol, splenda etc.
Step 5: Put in refrigerator for 3 or more hours, or leave overnight. If you are using a white or green tea I suggest drinking as soon as possible to prevent bitterness, fruit, herbal or rooibos teas should be alright in the fridge for up to a few days. Use your discretion and play with it to figure out the right formula for your taste.
Step 6: Pop in a straw and enjoy! Patio and sunglasses optional.