cold brew iced tea

The cold brew iced tea making method itself is incredibly simple. Combine the loose leaf tea with watering during the pitcher, and then let the tea dissolve into the water for 6 to 12 hours within the refrigerator. Strain, and you've got cold-brew tea which will taste great for days!

Bon Appetit suggested that they have the best results with loose-leaf tea, so I used loose-leaf tea here, which tastes almost as good and is much easier to make

Another option? Steep your loose-leaf tea in a clean French press—just press down the filter to remove those loose tea leaves and pour! Super simple and refreshing cold-brew iced tea without the tannic, bitter flavors found in regular tea! Plus, it stays fresh tasting for days.


  • 1 tea bag (or 1 teaspoon loose-leaf tea) per 6 to eight ounces of water, counting on desired strength.
  • Optional (add-ons): sweetener of your choice, sliced lemon, sliced cucumber or fresh mint leaves.


  • For the simplest flavor, if you’re using tea bags, nip the corners and dump the loose tea into your pitcher. Or, just put the entire bags within the pitcher for tea that's *almost* as awesome and way easier to form. Pour at room temperature or cold water.
  • Cover the pitcher and refrigerate. Steep black tea for 8 to 12 hour.
  • After some time is up, strain the loose-leaf tea out of the pitcher by pouring the tea finely through a fine-mesh sieve (for best results, cover the sieve with a cheesecloth) or simply pull out the tea bags. Discard the tea remains.
  • Serve tea as it is or with any add-ons of your choice. Tea will keep well, covered, and refrigerated, for 3 to five days.

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