Cold brewing tea is basically a gentle and slow steeping process that builds a sweet and smooth tasting tea. Cold brewing is in demand during the hot summer months. There are different types of tea that you can cold brew according to your preference.
- White tea: When you cold brew your white tea, it will make for a very smooth, hydrating and low caffeine tea which has fruity and sweet notes. You need to remember to give it a quick flash brew of hot water in order to kill bacteria present on the leaves.
- Green tea: A favourite for many, green tea is a preferred choice for cold brewing. It will bring out the fresh and crisp flavour while avoiding the bitter element which people do not like. There are many types of green tea available in the market that you can use for cold brewing. Since it does not involve heating anything, it is easy to make in the hot months of summer. The article Cold Brew Any Tea from Sips By explains how to use cold brewing in order to enjoy tea even in the hot summer months.
- Black tea: Black tea can make a classic tea brew and you can choose the flavour profile which suits you best. There are many types like Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Assam, and Gongfu. Different flavoured teas like coconut, peace or mango can be really refreshing as well.
- Oolong tea: Oolong teas are the best when it comes to cold brew. Since oolongs are tightly rolled, they are not used as much as other tea leaves because of the way they expand. Oolong has a nice flavour to it and is perfectly hot and cold.
- Caffeinated herbals: This includes guayusa, yaupon and yerba mate. They are absolutely delicious when cold brewed because it removes the bitterness and helps mellow out the caffeine levels.
- Rooibos: Honeybush and rooibos are soothing, delicious and antioxidant-rich cold brews that blend well with different flavours and fruits. They have been processed with heat which is why a flash hot brew is not necessary unless there are herbs in the blend of your choice.
- Non-caffeinated herbals: You can use herbs, dried fruits and flowers to make a lovely cold brew. Use holy basil, nettles, mint, hibiscus, ginger, lemongrass and rose for your brew. Always be careful with the herbs you are not very familiar with and check on the package to ensure if they need to be in boiled water first.
Summer is the best time to enjoy cold brewing. Even if you are fond of hot tea, there are times you will find yourself loving the cold brew. There are a number of fruits and fresh herbs you can add to spice up the cold-brewed teas. You can also mix the tea into a mixture for a cocktail. If you are hosting a party, try something different by making a punch mixture for added flavour and serve cold brew to your guests!