If you’re looking for a low calorie drink with a little more oomph than plain water, definitely give this Cold Brewed Lavender Earl Grey tea a try!
During the winter I drink tea by the flaskful. As I mentioned in this post I am a real tea lover. During the summer I continue drinking tea but I generally switch to iced teas. In the past I would brew a hot jug of tea then place it in the fridge to cool down but somehow that method produced a tea with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
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I don’t remember where I first read about cold brewing, I have a hunch it was on Pinterest, but cold brewing has changed the game. Since trying cold brewed tea for the first time I have not looked back. Cold brewed tea has a smooth and sweet flavor free from any bitterness.
I have been obsessed with my Lavender Earl Grey Tea Latte so I decided to make a cold brewed version and enjoy my favorite tea in a different way during the summer. I have to say it’s just as good or even better.
Cold brewing tea actually extracts a different chemical balance from the tea than hot water. The result is a reduction in catechins and caffeine ie less bitterness.
The longer you cold brew the more intense the color and flavor of the tea. White teas will brew the quickest, followed by green teas and twisted/flat oolongs, allow most time for rolled oolongs, pu-erhs, herbal infusions and black teas.
How to cold brew tea
Add 1 tablespoon of loose leaf tea or one teabag to a jar with 500ml water.
Cover and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
The next day strain, I use a paper coffee filter, pour into a glass or enjoy straight from the jar.
To make life even simpler for those of you always on the go I would recommend using a travel french press like this one from Bodum. Cold brew your tea in the mug overnight and have it ready to take to work with you the following day.No need to strain the tea or anything (messy) like that as the tea leaves remain at the bottom of the mug. The insulated mug keeps beverages cold or hot for several hours.
Here’s a handy video from Bodum explaining how to use the travel french press. It was obviously designed for hot coffee and tea so you get many uses out of it.
Play around with the ratio of tea to water until you find a strength of your preference but as a general rule 1 tablespoon loose leaf tea for every 24 ounces of water is fine. Experiment with your own blend of teas. Besides adding dried herbs like lavender you may want to try citrus slices, mint or muddled fresh berries.
What’s your favorite iced tea flavor?
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- 1 tablespoon loose Earl Grey tea
- ½ teaspoon dried lavender leaves
- 500ml water
- Place loose Earl Grey tea and lavender leaves in a jar.
- Pour water into the jar.
- Cover and store in the fridge.
- Let tea steep overnight.
- Strain and chill until ready to serve.