We believe that iced tea is always a good idea, whatever the weather. It's refreshing & it serves as a great alternative to those sugar-packed fizzy drinks from a can. What's not to love? We make ours the "cold brewed" way; that allows the tea leaves to release more of their natural goodness. Here's a little bit more about "cold-brewing", why we love it, and how you can do it yourself:
Why the cold brew?
Cold-brewed teas are never heated, unlike usual iced tea which starts hot and is left to cool. We are in favour of this technique because there are plenty of benefits of slowly infusing tea in cold water:
- the delicate and high flavour notes are selectively extracted
- the tea does not become bitter, tannic nor astringent
- the level of antioxidants is higher
- the caffeine content is lower
- the process is eco-friendly and effortless
So off the boil for this one, everyone!
How to make cold-brewed teas
Make our iced tea by steeping your blend of choice, either in loose leaf tea or tea bag format, in cold water. We suggest to leave it to rest in the fridge for 12 hours - the easier way is to prepare it before going to bed so it’s ready in the morning! Below is our step-by-step iced tea recipe:
- Put 250g loose leaf tea of choice or 10 whole-leaf tea bags in a 1tr jug
- Pour cold water over it
- Place it in the fridge
- Leave it to infuse overnight
- Strain the tea leaves or discard the tea bags
- Add some ice cubes
- Garnish with fruits to taste - citrus or berries work very well. Mint is also a winner!
- Serve and enjoy
Cold brew are so easy-to-make they are everywhere. Our customers have tried them out too - some have used our recipe, others have put their own spin on it. Among many are MUD - an independent coffee shop in Tooting, Tebay - a family run motorway service station, as well as The Diner - an American-style diner. Make sure you pay them a visit.
At your next garden party, why don’t you replace your jug of Pimm’s with some healthy and flavoursome iced tea. Your guests are guaranteed to be impressed!