Making iced tea from loose leaf tea is very simple. It is almost exactly the same as brewing hot tea, except that you want to use twice the amount of loose leaf tea for iced tea than you would for hot tea. That means if you make your favorite Tisano tea with 1 tsp / cup of tea, you would make iced tea with 2 tsp / cup of the same tea.
Follow this step by step guide to make iced tea using the traditional hot brew method.
[Step 1] Measure Your Loose Tea: Start by measuring your loose leaf tea. Generally, you should measure 1 teaspoon loose leaf tea per cup iced tea. However, fluffier blends such as white teas and chamomile may require as much as one tablespoon or more, while denser teas such as gunpowder may require less than one teaspoon. Look at the label on the back of your Tisano Tea tin to find our suggested serving size.
Place the tea in the infuser, and then place it in your heat resistant glass or iced tea pitcher.
[Step 2] Heat Your Water To temperature: Next, heat your water to the temperature suggested below. Use fresh water whenever possible – water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Herbal — 212° F
If you don’t have a thermometer handy to measure your water temperature, no worries! Here’s an easy way to estimate 180° F, 195° F and 212° F.
180° F = bubbles form on the bottom of the pot
195° F = the first bubbles begin to rise
212° F = full rolling boil
[Step 3] Steep Your Tea: Make a double strength infusion by steeping your tea for the amount of time shown below using half the amount of water you would normally use when making hot tea. Simply pour your heated water through the tea-filled infuser.
Keep in mind that brewing your tea too long can extract an undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time does matter! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Herbal — 5-7 minutes
[Step 4] Chill Your Tea: Chill! If you plan on drinking your iced tea immediately, pour the double-strength infusion directly over an equal amount of ice.
To drink later, dilute your double strength infusion with an equal amount of room temperature water (1/2 cup (4 oz) room temperature water for every final cup iced tea). Let stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Then place in your refrigerator. This method allows the tea to cool gradually, which helps avoid clouding caused by chilling most teas too rapidly.
What are you waiting for? Buy your infuser and make good iced tea!