Cold Brew Iced Tea

Cold Brew Iced Tea

Prep Time: 10 min Brew Time: 20 hours Total Time: 20 hours, 10 min Servings: 4

It's certainly no secret - we've been HUGE fans of cold brew coffee for a long time, largely because it brings an entirely new flavor profile out of some of our favorite coffee beans, resulting in a cup of ice-cold coffee that is easy-drinking and free from bitterness. But we had no idea that we could get largely the same result by cold brewing our favorite teas - at least until we recently visited a favorite local Chicago coffee shop, ordered some cold brew tea on a whim, and absolutely fell in love! Given just how easy it is to cold brew coffee at home, we knew there had to be an easy way to make our own cold brew tea - and this recipe is the culmination of our efforts! The result is a smooth, endlessly refreshing, and richly flavorful glass of iced tea that you'll be sipping all summer long! Just whip up a batch of this easy-to-make cold brew tea concentrate, dilute to your preferred strength, and pour over ice for the best and most thirst-quenching glass of iced tea you'll enjoy all summer! And don't be afraid to garnish with a slice of lemon, a handful of fresh berries, or any of your favorite fresh summer fruits!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tbsp black tea leaves (or 6 tea bags)

Instructions:

  1. Combine water and black tea in a large pitcher (or similar covered container like a mason jar). Stir briefly to ensure all of the tea leaves are fully submerged.

  2. Let the tea steep at room temperature for 20 hours, resulting in a strong black tea concentrate. Tip: This 20-hour guideline is based on our personal preferences! If you find that the end product is too strong for your taste, reduce the steeping time until it is the right strength for you!

  3. After steeping, strain using a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Pour strained black tea concentrate into an airtight glass container (like a mason jar!) and store in the refrigerator. If stored properly, the concentrate should keep for at least two weeks.

  4. To serve, dilute the concentrate with water (we recommend a 1:1 ratio of black tea concentrate to water) and pour over ice.

  5. Enjoy!

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