Depending on your preference, and the amount of time you have to steep your tea, we have highlighted two different ways you can prepare and brew your iced tea. Take your pick, and enjoy this perfect summer beverage!
Overnight Cold Brew
- To start, determine the amount of tea you want to brew and the container you will brew in. We recommend our 2 QT Takeya iced tea maker. For 2 quarts of iced tea, use one of our 2 quart iced tea bags (or 2 ounces of your favorite Art of Tea blend)* and place in your container.
- Add in 2 quarts/a half gallon of cold water to your container. We recommend cold, filtered water for the best taste.
- Place in your fridge and allow the tea to steep overnight, or for 8-10 hours, depending on personal preference and how strong you want the tea. The longer you leave the tea bags in, the stronger the tea gets. (You can also vary the strength of your tea by adding more or less tea. The more tea you add, the stronger your brew will be.)
- Remove from the fridge and take out the tea bags.
- Enjoy over ice, and if needed, sweeten to taste.
*For more or less iced tea, adjust the ratios of water to tea accordingly Pros of overnight cold brew: Yields a smoother, fuller flavor with fewer tannins.
Quick Hot Brew
- To start, determine the amount of tea you want to brew and the container you will brew ing. We recommend our 2 QT Takeya iced tea maker, which is great for both cold brew and a hot brew. For 2 quarts of iced tea, use one of our 2 quart iced tea bags (or 2 ounces of your favorite Art of Tea blend)* and place in your container.
- Add in 1/2 quart of hot water to your container.
- Allow tea to brew for its suggested time (3-5 minutes).
- Fill the remaining 1.5 quarts of your container with room temperature water. Using water that is too cold may cause the tea to become cloudy.
- Add ice to your serving cups, pour your tea over and serve.
*For more or less iced tea, adjust the ratios of water to tea accordingly
Pros of quick hot brew: Allows for quick and easy brewing with instant results.
Tips and Tricks
- To keep your tea from becoming diluted, create iced tea cubes. Not only will your drink stay cool, but it will also retain the flavor. Check out our easy recipe here.
- For a fun twist on iced tea, check out some of our recipes (Art of Palmer, Jasmine Mojito, Tuscan Sunrise) for some fun cocktails and mocktails
- To add beauty to your iced tea, try adding blooming tea or flowers into your ice cubes for an elegant twist on your ice cubes.