Brewing Oolong Tea: Cold Brewed Tea
Cold brewing is an easy way to way to make a refreshing cool drink.
Cold-brewed tea has been reported to contain proportionately less caffeine than hot brewed, yet more polyphenols (antioxidants).
- One teaspoon (3g) of tea leaves per 500ml (16oz) of drinking water.
- Adjust amount of tea leaves to taste.
- Put tea leaves in whatever type of container you wish to use, and fill with water.
- Let sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.
- The leaves will reconstitute and sink to the lower half of the container.
- The brewed tea can be poured into a glass, or drunk directly from the bottle containing the leaves.
Most types of tea can withstand a second brew by simply refilling with water. Do not add more tea leaves after the initial amount has brewed.
If kept refrigerated, the tea leaves can be left in the container for 48 hours or more. If room temperature, up to 8-10 hours is fine, but avoid direct sun or high temperatures for best results.
Cold brewed tea will not over brew if the proper amount of leaves are used. The amount of tea leaves is a matter of choice, depending on how concentrated you like your tea. If you enjoy a stronger tea with more brewing stamina, simply use more leaves.