Preparing Iced Tea without Boiling Water


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For every 1 quart of water, add 4 tea bags or 1 tablespoon (8-10g) of loose leaf tea. Combine the water and tea into a resealable container and place in the fridge, steeping only for 5 hours for the best flavor. After 5 hours, remove the tea bags or strain.

If you want to sweeten your cold-brewed tea,ย make a simple syrup. This will allow the sugar to sweeten the tea rather than just collecting on the bottom of your cup.

Simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water (e.g. 1 cup water to 1 cup of sugar; yields about 1.5 cups of simple syrup) in a sauce pan, and heat on the stove until the sugar has dissolved completely. Let it cool, then add to taste to your tea. You can also get creative and add flavoring to the simple syrup by adding fresh herbs or other ingredients after the sugar has dissolved and youโ€™ve removed the syrup from the stove. For example, you could addย mint, rosemary, ginger, vanilla, or citrus peel. Let the extra ingredients steep in the syrup while the syrup cools, then remove (leaving in the flavoring ingredients will shorten the shelf life of the syrup).

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5 Comments

  1. janowrite says:

    Great post! I always brew iced tea this way – it’s so much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m glad you like it, Janowrite ๐Ÿ™‚ And also happy to know you love to drink your tea the same way! ๐Ÿฅƒโ˜•โ˜˜๐ŸŒป

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  2. lindasschaub says:

    Clever! I would call it “Martha’s Non-Messy Iced Tea” – how about that?

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    1. hahahahaha, I love the title you suggested!!! Do you know, Linda? I think I am going to change my nickname “The Global Blogger” and start using: “The Messy Blogger”. What do you think, LInda? btw, I am serious, I like it, but you are full of great ideas and titles, I would like to know your opinion before I change it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        I think it would be fun Martha – you often feature your “messy food dishes” … I say go for it, or … in the alternative, have two pages within your blog, one for messy food fun and one for global ideas which include travel spots and your other fun posts. Sorry, I am so late responding … went on a few treks today and wanted to write a post about Fall’s arrival – thought I would never get done! I do like it – go for it!

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