Any tea can make a delicious iced tea in just 5 minutes. When making iced tea, the objective is to first make a double strength concentrate, then dilute it with cold water. Iced tea concentrate can be stored in your refrigerator for 48 hours.


Ingredients & Tools

To make a ½ gallon (64 oz or 2 qts) double concentrate, you'll need:

  • ½ cup of loose leaf if it's a dense tea (i.e. black, green, oolong)
    OR 1½ cups if it's a fluffier, less dense tea (i.e. most white and some herbals)
  • 64-oz (2 qt) pitcher or vessel for brewed tea
  • Tea infuser or a large iced tea brewing bag
  • 32-oz of hot water
  • 32-oz of cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Timer (optional)

For a single 16-oz serving, you'll need:

  • 2 tsp of tea leaf for most teas or 2 tbsp for fluffier teas (see package label for recommended serving size)
  • Tea infuser - basket or paper
  • A brewing vessel similar in size to your drinking vessel
  • Ice cubes
  • Timer (optional)

Instructions

For ½ gallon (64 oz or 2 qts) double concentrate:

  • Heat water to suggested temperature for the type of tea you are brewing (see chart below or package labels).
  • Scoop dry tea leaf into infuser and place infuser in brewing vessel (pot, pitcher, or mug).
  • Fill the vessel just halfway with hot water, ensuring the tea leaves are fully submerged within the infuser.
  • Steep for desired time for desired strength of concentrate. More time always creates a stronger brew, but be careful not to over-steep the tea or it might become too bitter.
  • Remove tea infuser.
  • Fill the remainder of the vessel with cold water.
  • Pour over ice and enjoy! Iced tea concentrate can be stored in your refrigerator for 48 hours.

For a single serving:

  • Scoop dry tea leaf into infuser and place infuser into brewing vessel.
  • Fill the brewing vessel just halfway with hot water.
  • Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes, then remove tea infuser.
  • Fill your 16-oz glass or cup with ice.
  • Pour the brew over ice and enjoy!

Tips

  • Do not over-steep.
  • Remove the tea infuser when tea is finished brewing.
  • Use proper amount of leaf in proportion to hot water during brewing.

Temperature & Time

TEATEMP (°F)TIME
Black 190° - 200° 3 - 5 min
Green 160° - 190° 3 - 4 min
Oolong 190° - 200° 2 - 4 min
Puerh (Raw) 185° - 200° 3 - 5 min
Puerh (Ripe) 200° - 212° 3 - 5 min
White 190° - 200° 4 - 6 min
Herbal 200° - 212° 3 - 5 min

 

Making Simple Iced Tea


Our Favorite Teas Iced

Visit our Iced Teas page for our favorite teas whose flavors are especially enhanced when served chilled.



When it comes to brewing tea, taste is often subjective, so we also encourage you to experiment! Just because the cold season is over, doesn't mean you have to stop drinking your favorite hot brews. We ourselves love an iced Feel Better, Cascadia Breakfast, or our seasonal Anniversary Blend (to name a scant few). And while we normally don't recommend premium-grade teas like oolongs or sencha to be drunk cold, as their price points often make them seem too precious—we'd be lying if we didn't admit that we love a good "coolong" or chilled sencha!