Iced tea is nothing new to us, but a new trend that began somewhere in Taiwan is cold brewing your tea. So instead of steeping your tea bag/leaves in hot water and then chilling it, you place them directly into cold water for at least 4 hours in the fridge and serve over ice.
Why do we want to do this?
1. The slower process results in a simpler and purer extraction than hot brewing.
2. Some studies have shown that cold brewed tea has lower levels of caffeine, less bitterness and a better aroma and flavour.
3. You won’t run the risk of over steeping your tea
4. Cold brewed tea contains higher levels of cancer, coronary and degenerative disease fighting antioxidants.
5. It is better at protecting your heart from harmful oxidised cholesterol.
6. It’s refreshing
A KEY factor is to, MAKE IT YOURSELF. Convenience bought iced teas tend to lose their levels of antioxidants (while still maintaining a fair amount) and are typically packed with sugar.
White tea is said to be the best with the highest levels of antioxidants, closely followed by green tea. Mix it up with lemons limes and orange slices and top it off with some herbs (make sure they are cleaned properly).
HOW TO COLD BREW YOUR OWN TEA:
10 Black tea bags
8 cups cold water
Place in a jug and keep in the fridge for four hours or overnight. Serve on ice with lemon slices
3 Green tea bags
6 cups cold water
orange, lemon and lime slices.
Place in a jug and keep in the fridge for four hours or overnight. Serve on ice.
2 heaped tblsp tea leaves
4 cups cold water
Place in a jug and steep for at least 2 hours. Serve over ice.
Men’s Health June 2015