How To Cold Brew a Pitcher of Tea
One of our favorite ways to brew Lauku Tea is to cold brew a pitcher at a time. This method is super simple—no need for fussy thermometers or precise measurements. And by making a pitcher at a time, you'll always have delicious tea on hand ready to serve.
Why cold brew, you ask? Well first, with it being summer, nothing quenches better in the heat than a tall glass of iced tea. Second, since there's no water to boil, cold brew is more energy efficient. Lastly (and most important), cold brew tea just tastes better. Heat can bring out bitter flavors in tea, while the cold brew process creates a clean, pure flavor. It's tea as is should be—just leaf and water.
So let's get to it!
You'll need a pitcher and your tea of choice. I chose Evita's Twilight Blend because the thyme and lemon balm make such a refreshing pair.
First, fill a pitcher with cold water, then sprinkle in 5 to 7 tablespoons of tea.
Let's just pause here to admire the goodness. Evita's Blend is so beautiful!
Seal your pitcher with the lid or plastic wrap, then leave in your fridge for 24 to 48 hours. (24 hours if you like your tea more mild, 36 to 48 hours if you like your flavor more intense.) It's really really hard to overbrew herbal tea, so be fearless.
This is our tea after 36 hours. Each Lauku Tea blend brews to a different shade of gold, so don't fret if yours doesn't look exactly the same.
Strain your tea into a large bowl with a fine strainer. If you don't have a fine strainer, a regular strainer lined with a paper towel will do just fine. Rinse your pitcher of any remaining tea leaves, then pour your tea back into the pitcher.
There you have it! Refreshing cold brew tea, ready to drink at any time. Easy peasy.
If you're in the mood for hot tea, just fill your favorite cup from the pitcher and pop it in the microwave. The tea is already brewed, so you don't have to worry about the heat making your tea bitter.
And if some leaves slip through and find their way into your final pitcher, all the better! We prefer to leave in a few and watch as they float and dance in our glasses. Ahhh, the natural beauty of tea.
Hugs and bućas!
Do you have a special tradition or method when brewing your tea? We would love to hear about it! Please share your brew stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.