Brewing Method #3 - Cold Brew Black Tea

Ghograjan Teas’ Guide For Making Cold Brew Black Tea

When summer heat waves hit, the best way to stay refreshed and energized is drinking a nice cold glass of iced tea! We recommend this cold brew brewing method to make the best iced tea with any of our Ghograjan black teas. Our Assam Breakfast black tea is a recommended blend for a refreshing and palate-pleasing cold brew iced tea (pictured below).

What you'll need

-Tea pitcher or carafe (2 quarts/64 oz works well)
-Ghograjan loose leaf black tea
-Reusable muslin teabag; or mesh filter out the loose leaf tea. Any cold brew coffee bags or filters/infusers will work. You can also strain out the tea leaves after steeping, but it will be a little messier!

    Making cold brew tea is extremely easy. You just need to plan ahead because a proper brew needs to sit in the refrigerator overnight (or 12 hours).

    Step 1

    Start with a clean and empty pitcher. You can use whichever size you want but a 2-quart pitcher or carafe will brew you around 5 glasses of iced tea. Use 6-8 teaspoons of loose leaf tea depending on how strong you prefer it (rule of thumb: 1 teaspoon for every 6-8 ounces).

    You can also use 1 teaspoon for every 10-12 ounces for a less caffeinated brew. That’s something to keep in mind if you find yourself drinking multiple glasses throughout the day.

    Step 2

    Drop your tea into the pitcher before filling it with water. You can prepare a teabag (we recommend a reusable muslin bag), drop the tea into an infuser and set that in the pitcher/carafe, or dump the loose leaf tea directly into your pitcher. Then fill it with cold or room temperature water.

    Step 3

    Cover the pitcher and place it in your refrigerator. Let the tea steep overnight.

    Step 4

    When you are ready to drink the tea, simply remove the teabag or infuser and serve.

    If you brewed with loose leaf tea directly in the pitcher, you may want to pour it through a strainer into a large measuring glass and then pour it back into a nice serving carafe.

    Step 5

    Prepare a glass with ice, pour your tea, and add your choice of milk/sweetener. If you have some fruit on hand, garnish your iced tea with a lemon or orange wedge for an extra dash of flavor.

    Advantages of making cold brew tea

    It’s the perfect summer drink. As soon as it’s done steeping, you have a pitcher of delicious iced tea waiting for you in the refrigerator. Cold brewed tea retains its flavor longer than kettle brewed tea. You can brew a full pitcher’s worth of tea to last you a full days, saving you the time of making tea everyday.

    Smooth flavor and rich flavor. The overnight steeping process brings out the full flavor of the tea while also reducing bitterness. This will make your cold brew batch extra appealing to guests who normally don’t enjoy hot tea.

    You can even still drink cold brew as hot tea if you want! Just heat up a cup of the tea and enjoy the same rich, smooth flavor of the iced cold brew in a hot mug.

    Disadvantages of using the cold brew method

    Can’t brew it in a hurry like a classic kettle brew. Making cold brew tea is usually the slowest brewing process.

    If you’re in the habit of buying bottled iced tea from the store when the weather heats up, now is a great time to try making cold brew tea at home. It’s a cheaper and better tasting alternative that takes hardly any effort. Of course, add milk, sugar or a lemon wedge (or lemonade!) to add some sweetness to the tea. If you want it really sweet you can use simple syrup to make sweet iced tea.

    Craft your own cold brew recipes with the different Ghograjan tea blends + your choice of additions, then let us know on instagram if you find a favorite!

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