Six Easy Steps to Brew the Perfect Iced Tea

  • June 1, 2016


June is National Iced Tea Month and we’re so excited to share delicious, fun, and creative iced tea recipes with you all month long.

To kick off Iced Tea Month right, here are easy steps to brewing perfectly balanced iced tea:

  1. Start any cup of tea by boiling fresh, filtered water.
    – For best results, black and herbal teas should be steeped with water right off the boil (around 212°).
    – Green, white, or oolong teas are best brewed with water just before it’s boiled (180-190°).
  2. For every 8 oz (1 cup) serving of iced tea you wish to brew, you’ll want one tea bag or 1 tsp (2-3 g) loose leaf.
  3. Make a double strength concentrate by steeping the tea bag or tea leaves in half the amount of water as you would for hot tea, for an 8 oz cup you’ll brew a 1/2 cup (4 oz) concentrate.
  4. Now, steep your concentrate! Here is a quick guide to steep times:
    Black: 3-4 min, Herbal: 5 min, Green: 2-3 minutes, Oolong: 2-3 min, White: 1-3 min.
    See chart below for a great reference for steep time and temperatures.
  5. Once your tea has steeped, remove the tea bag or strain the leaves with a sieve or brewing basket, then add cold or tepid water to create 1 full cup of tea.
  6. Pour over ice, and enjoy! If you like, you can add your favorite sweetener or a twist of lemon.

More Iced Tea Tips:

  • To make a stronger cup, double your tea bags or increase the amount of tea leaves used, not the brew time, as this can affect the flavor and increase bitterness.
  • To prevent cloudiness, never pour hot tea directly over ice. Adding tepid water first helps to bring the water temperature down slowly.

Will you be cooling down this summer with iced teas? Share your favorite recipes, photographs, and stories with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’d love to see the refreshing iced teas you’re brewing.

Check back each week of June for more iced tea recipes to serve up all summer!

Brew Time Temp Chart copy


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