How To Make Cold Tea

How To Make Cold Tea


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It's that time of year here on the West Coast where the mornings are bright, the evenings are warm and our weekends are packed with adventure! This may or may not be your favourite time of year but either way we will keep you cool, hydrated, nourished and supported all Summer long! Here’s all the details you need to know about cold tea, how to make it, best ways to sip it and of course break a few decade old myths, plus an easy to follow video!

If you consider yourself a “seasonal” tea drinker we are going to shake things up for you this summer, literally - with a few recipes, infusions and how important it is to elevate your hydration game. If you are an all-year-round tea sipper like us, then here’s a few things you may not know; like how specific herbs can cool you from within and some fun things to experiment with!

Let's kick off this patio party with cold vs hot tea.

 

Cold Tea vs Hot Tea

The number one thing we always hear is that people think that iced tea lacks the natural benefits of hot tea, this couldn’t be more untrue unless you are sipping on Nestea or some other “iced tea” that consists of a bunch of fake ingredients and loads of sugar. When prepared properly cold tea carries just as many benefits as hot tea and can be incredibly nourishing and hydrating for the body depending on the types of herbs within the blend. 

As we’ve mentioned before in our Types of Tea blog post where we dig deep into the energetics of herbs some herbs carry warming properties and others cooling, as well as drying and dampening but we’ll save that for later. This means that no matter if you sip tea hot or cold the energetics of specific herbs may warm you or cool you from within. Don’t worry, there’s also many neutral herbs as well!

This is a lot easier to navigate than it may sound, when you think of a refreshing glass of cold tea you most likely are drawn to more fruity, minty, sour, berry filled tea blends which are typically neutral or cooling (not all but many). Our bodies are drawn to specific herbs in different seasons for a reason, it is craving the nutrients that herb has to offer for this time of year. Follow your taste buds, they won't steer you wrong. 

I don’t know about you but I’ve been craving citrus’ and sours and can’t get enough of my cold tea infusions to keep me cool and hydrated!

 

Favourite Herbs for Cold Tea

Here’s a list of my favourite herbs to make cold tea that are great for those refreshing summer beverages and contain therapeutic benefits such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxifying, stimulating, calming, hydrating and cooling properties.

 

Cold Tea Herbs:

  • Lemon Verbena 
  • Krishna Tulsi
  • Sencha Green Tea
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Black Currant
  • Citrus peel
  • Calendula Flower
  • Lemongrass 
  • Elderberries
  • Hibiscus

 

If you’d like to discover more about the individual natural benefits of each ingredient listed, click here to dig deep into our ingredients and their properties. 

 

 
Photo by Cristina Gareau

 

Cold Tea Best Practices

When it comes to making, serving and sipping cold tea there’s a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you have extracted all of the natural benefits out of each ingredient, not watered it down and are sipping the right kind of cold tea. 

 

We wanted to share with you a few tips on how to sip cold tea best:

  1. Always make it hot first! The only way the natural therapeutic benefits are extracted from each herb is through hot water extraction, therefore steeping in cold liquid does not work.
  2. Follow the hot steeping instructions for the best cup of tea for that specific blend
  3. Ideally let the hot tea cool before pouring it over ice to avoid watering it down
  4. If you don’t have time to let it cool, steep the tea in 3/4 the amount of hot water needed so the ice can make up the remainder of the water needed for a full cup
  5. If you want it stronger in flavour add a little extra loose-leaf tea when steeping
  6. Best and most efficient way to make a nice cup of cold tea is to make a jug of it ahead of time and store it in your fridge ready for sipping!
  7. Avoid commercialized cold tea as it often contains “flavouring” of tea and loads of sugar which does not carry any benefits at all
  8. Experiment with different cocktails, elixirs and uses for cold tea (don’t worry we have some amazing recipes to share with you)
  9. Share it with your family and friends, cold tea is best enjoyed on a patio surrounded by good music and new memories! (Check out our WOASH Playlists on Spotify) 

 

How To Make Cold Tea

Cold tea can be more time consuming when making it depending on which method you are using because of the extra step in making it go from hot to cold. Trust me it is well worth the wait and will be your go-to during your next hiking adventure to keep you nourished and hydrated.

For either of these methods you can adjust the amount you make from cup to jug just by adding the additional loose-leaf tea to the ratio of water you desire to make. 

 

What you’ll need:

  • Kettle
  • Hot water safe cup or jug
  • Your desired loose-leaf tea blend (we suggest DIGEST or REVIVE)
  • Measuring teaspoon
  • Tea steeper (check out our one cup Coastal Tea Steeper)
  • Water
  • Ice / fridge

 

Method One - Ready to serve

Directions:

  1. Heat kettle to specified temperature (each blend is different so have a look at the instructions on the bag)
  2. Scoop specified amount of tea into steeper depending on the desired amount you’d like to make
    1. 2 teaspoons / 12 oz mug
    2. 10 teaspoons / 1 L jug
  3. Pour hot water over tea leaves filling only ¾ of the mug / jug
  4. Cover and steep tea for specified time (depending on the blend)
  5. Remove tea strainer with tea leaves
  6. Fill the remainder of the mug / jug with ice and stir to cool.
  7. Serve and enjoy! Add a little citrus to make it extra refreshing on a hot summer day

 

Here’s a video on how to make cold tea

 


Video by Jenelle Elle

 

Method Two - Save for later

Directions:

  1. Heat kettle to specified temperature (each blend is different so have a look at the instructions on the bag)
  2. Scoop specified amount of tea into steeper depending on the desired amount you’d like to make 
    1. 2 teaspoons / 12 oz mug
    2. 10 teaspoons / 1 L jug
  3. Pour hot water over tea leaves filling to the top of the mug / jug
  4. Cover and steep tea for specified time (depending on the blend)
  5. Remove tea strainer with tea leaves
  6. Place in fridge for at least a few hours before serving
  7. Serve over ice and enjoy! Add a little citrus to make it extra refreshing on a hot summer day

 


Photo by Cristina Gareau

 

Different Ways To Sip Cold Tea

The fun part about cold tea is how you can experiment with it in so many different ways from cocktails, mocktails to tea infusions, food recipes and tea compresses all inspired to nourish you in whichever way best suits your lifestyle and needs. 

An easy tip to get creative with your cold tea is to think of any recipe or practice you use that consists of water or a liquid and experiment with replacing it with your cold tea to elevate your recipe or practice and gain more natural benefits than you were before. 

 

Here’s a few ways we like to experiment with our cold tea:

  • Hydrating elixirs (see recipe here)
  • Cocktail / mocktail recipes and infusions
  • Adding it to our morning smoothie (see recipe here)
  • Adding it to your morning smoothie bowl recipe
  • Soaking an organic compress in DIGEST to cool the skin and ease muscle tension
  • Packing REVIVE along on our weekend adventures for extra nourishment
  • Infuse fresh berries or citrus in a glass of cold tea

 

Now that you know it is just as beneficial to sip cold tea than hot tea, which herbs to make cold tea with, best ways to enjoy cold tea, what to avoid, how to make cold tea and different ways to experiment with cold tea you are all set to stay extra hydrated, nourished and supported this Summer. Now all you have to do is plan your next adventure or patio party and mix up a tea cocktail for everyone to enjoy! 

If you are eager to start sipping on cold tea we recommend our starting with our Summer bundle - Revitalize where we gathered our top 3 blends that will best support you throughout this season and are best served over ice - REVIVE | DIGEST | ME TIME

 



Here’s a list of links from above for easy access:

  • Types of Tea blog post to learn more about the energetics of herbs and what your unique constitution is to ensure you are sipping the right herbs for your body
  • Ingredient List to dig deep into our ingredients, where we source them from, their unique properties and which blend includes that ingredient
  • Woash playlists on Spotify to tune in while you are adventuring, hosting or enjoying the sunset; we designed each playlist to elevate each tea blends experience 
  • Coastal Tea Steeper to make the perfect cup of tea 
  • Hydrating Tea Elixir recipe to nourish your body with an extra dose of minerals and vitamins
  • Morning Tea Smoothie recipe to elevate your morning smoothie and increase its nourishment 
 

To discover more tea recipe's click here!

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