Cold brew coffee has been popular for a few years now, but did you know there is such a thing as cold brew tea? Cold brewing reduces the amount of tannins that are released during the brewing process which makes the coffee or tea much smoother. You still get the full flavor of the beverage, without the bitterness. Cold brew iced tea also has less of the caffeine than traditional brewing does, which lets me drink my tea all day long.
My cold brew tea set up is the same as the one I use to make cold brew coffee. I am able to make 8 cups of tea in one go, but you could make tea in a larger jar if you would like. I use 1/2 cup of loose tea for every 8 cups of water in my cold brew.
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Place the tea in the strainer, then place the strainer in the mouth of the mason jar. Pour the 8 cups of cold water through the tea, then tightly screw on the jar lid. After the lid is on, give the jar a good shake. This releases more antioxidants from the tea leaves and gets the brewing process started.
Put the jar in the refrigerator overnight. More and more studies are saying that making sun tea isn’t a great idea because the water reaches the perfect temperature for bacteria to grow. Placing the jar in the fridge prevents those nasties from growing in your tea. In the morning, simply pull the strainer out of the jar and empty the tea leaves into the trash. (If you know of a good use for used tea leaves, then let me know about it in the comments!) There is no mess at all, and your iced tea is ready to drink.
I am a Michigan girl, and sweet tea grosses me out. I bet even die-hard Southerners might be able to enjoy cold brew iced tea without adding sugar. Angie and Gina, I’m challenging you to try it!
Speaking of Angie and Gina, be sure to check out all of today’s summer mason jar tutorials. Then come back for the rest of the week for more mason jar fun.
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