Did you know you can make iced tea without turning on the heat? Cold brewed tea is my favorite type of iced tea. I find the flavors are more delicate. I like that I can add subtle hints of orange or dried lavender, without these overpowering the flavor of the tea. And, I find it the easiest method. As if making tea is difficult. Anywhoo. I add the tea, plus other ingredients and water to a mason jar, pop it in the fridge, forget all about it until the next day when it is ready for me to enjoy.
Yesterday I made my iced tea with French Earl Grey from Deitea, kindly sent to me by MrEarl to try. Each month this Melbourne based premium tea company sends its customers a sample box of three specialty teas. So it goes like this: you sample, you like, you buy your favorite. In this month’s box, in addition to the amazing French Earl Grey, you’ll also find a gorgeous organic fresh mint tea that smells outta this world (from Informal Tea Co.) and some Kenko matcha tea, which I already had the pleasure to enjoy.
While making my iced black tea this time, I felt urged to pair it with the water of a young coconut. And boy oh boy did I stumble upon a heavenly taste! The mildly sweet, nutty flavor of the coconut water topped off with the subtle hibiscus, calendula and rose petal flowery hints of the tea make such a beautiful love affair. I am smitten and hope you will be too.
Once your tea is brewed, pour it over a glass of ice and enjoy it by itself, or add orange slices or fresh mint. A little taste of heaven on hot summer days.
I feel this post should come with a disclosure. I dig teas. All of them, as long as they are good teas, made of quality ingredients, and preferably loose leaf. Black, green, herbal, spiced – I believe there is a time, place and purpose for all in my life. And you should definitely make them part of yours. Now off you go and brew a cuppa.
- Water of 1 young coconut (I got about 450 ml)
- 550 ml water
- 3 tsp Deitea French Earl Grey loose leaf
- 1 tsp sweetener of choice (honey / maple syrup) + 2 TBSP warm water
- Mix the honey or maple syrup with the warm water to help dissolve it.
- Combine honey, tea, coconut water and water in a mason jar, pop the lid and place it in the fridge.
- Let it brew overnight.
- Strain and serve the next day with orange slices or fresh mint.