Summer has most definitely arrived here in Brisbane, Australia. We just had a wild midday storm and the temperature is set to soar again into the mid-30s. It is the humidity that does my head in nevertheless it makes great weather for cold tea formats.
Also, you may not know but I am becoming a budding Instagrammer. If you enjoy the images here these are a flavour of what you will find on my Instagram feed during a given week. I post my tea life daily and would love you to follow and be inspired. Check it out at @thesteeperytea.
I have previously shared recipes and tips on how to make cold tea infusions. But I wanted to go right back to basics and show you how I do this at home when preparing for family and friends, Whilst I am happy to meticulously prepare hot infusions of tea when I think of cold infused tea I want easy breezy! Plus I will share my Green Oolong and Festive Orange Syrup mocktail at the end of this post that I prepared for The Brisbane Tea Meetup last weekend.
Firstly, the practical HOW. This is a picture of the tools I use. Filter water. A scale to measure the tea leaves (roughly 5-10g per 1 litre but please trial it to see what you like). 1L glass jugs with silicone lids from IKEA. These are great: economical and reusable. They also come in 500ml if you want to make smaller amounts. And yes, you see it correctly a tea filter (or giant tea bag).
The reason I use a tea filter. Because I put the leaves in and I take them out when the tea is nicely cold infused and I save the whole teabag and place them into another 1L jug of filtered water. The gift that keeps giving :)
Green oolong and festive orange 🍊 syrup mocktail
🍃 10g Iron goddess of mercy “tie guan yin”
🍊 1 freshly squeezed orange
🍹 1 cinnamon quill, 4 cardamom pods & 3 cloves
📝 cold infuse iron goddess of mercy in 1L of water in a jug overnight (8hrs). Prepare orange syrup by placing orange juice and spices in a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Strain and place in fridge.
🍹 serve over ice in a cocktail or wine glass and drop 2 tablespoons of orange syrup in.
If this all seems too much get yourself a Kinto PLUG iced tea maker that makes brewing cold tea infusions so simple. The infuser section allows for excellent extraction of the cold tea and it can even lie down on the shelves as they get full up over the festive season. Get yours in our online store.
If you loved this article find more tips and guidance in our previous blog posts: Cold Brew Tea & Cold brewed tea plain & simple.