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We love tea, we love drinking tea, and most of all we love sharing tea information with the internet, so that everyone else can share in our passion for this miracle beverage. Whether it’s an unsweetened green tea, or sweet green tea, or any other types of teas…
In Canada, we have long winters which really adds to the appeal of a warm cup of tea after any expedition outdoors, especially when it’s -40 degrees Celsius, nothing warms you up like a cup of tea.
Having said that, we also have very warm summers up here, and we recognize that sometimes, it’s just too hot for a hot cup of tea, so how can you enjoy tea without turning your body into an oven?
Obviously, iced tea comes to mind, so here’s some thoughts on making iced unsweetened green tea, or even adding some sweetness if you prefer.
In this article, you’ll find some tips, tricks, and of course our recipe that will teach you how to make iced green tea. Without further adieu, let’s get to it!
Choosing The Right Tea When You Make Iced Tea
As with any recipe, choosing the right ingredients is essential. There are countless types of green tea to choose from, with so many blends available in both loose leaf green tea and green tea bags, not to mention matcha green tea powder as well for your iced green tea recipe.
For all intents and purposes, choose the one you like best. The best type of green tea to use for this is the one you already have, your favorite blend! If you like it warm, chances are you’ll like it iced too.
Sweetened VS Unsweetened Green Tea
Again, this is all about your own personal preferences. We’ll feature two recipes for iced green tea, one with added sweetener and another without.
This way, there is something for everybody. Also, it’s important to note that these are just guidelines, and you should feel free to modify these recipes to suit your own tastes.
Chances are that unless you really divert from the recipe, you can’t really go wrong, I mean, it’ll be tasty either way, so feel free to experiment and add as much or as little sweetener as you would like.
How To Make Iced Green Tea (Recipe & Tips)
Making unsweetened green tea is SO easy. It’s almost irrelevant to have ingredients and preparation instructions, but let’s do it anyways just to highlight how simple this is to make.
Ingredients for Unsweetened Iced Green Tea
- (4) Green Tea Bags or about 6 grams of Loose Leaf Green Tea
- 2L of Water
Preparation Instructions for Unsweetened Iced Green Tea
- Boil The Water and then let it cool for a few moments off the boil
- Place your tea bags in a pitcher, or if you’re using loose leaf green tea then place the leaves inside an infuser. It may be easier to use the type of infuser that you submerge, if you’re using a larger pitcher to make this iced tea.
- Pour the water into the pitcher / container that you’re using to steep the tea.
- Allow the tea to steep for about 3-5 minutes, then remove the tea from the pitch.
- Put the pitcher into the fridge and let it cool down, or drop in some ice cubes to speed up the process!
- Serve with a lemon or lime wedge for some extra zest, and enjoy!
Please note we use about twice as much water as we would normally use for making tea, some people prefer a weaker iced tea whereas others prefer a stronger flavor. It’s really up to you to choose the potency that you like the best, this is just a guideline!
Cold-Brewing it Instead
When you hear those words, you probabally think of cold brew coffee, but you can also make iced tea using cold or room temperature water and leaving it in the fridge overnight. Adagio makes handy little packets that work great for this, too.
You don’t need to boil water with a kettle to make iced tea. Using water that isn’t hot means you can leave the leaves in the water for longer before they turn bitter, giving you an opportunity to extract different and complex flavors.
The recipe above can be used for sweetened iced green tea, if you would like to make sweet iced tea with your green tea, you’ll simply need to add a sweetener to taste.
There are many types of sweeteners, some of them are more or less fine for you and some are downright bad, so you’ll want to proceed with caution if this is a concern for you. Sugar is bad for us, and not only because of the “empty calories” it provides.
Most things that taste great and have our tastebuds working at full-speed are also not too healthy, except – of course – tea, and that’s why we usually stick to unsweetened recipes for green tea.
Different Types Of Sweeteners
There are a lot of different ways that you can sweeten your tea, from good old fashioned cane sugar to artificial sweeteners, all-natural low-calorie sweeteners, to honey, corn syrup, you name it.
The problem with a lot of sweeteners is that, to put it bluntly, they’re awful for your health. We’re not here to preach, but imagine how quickly the negative aspects of most sweeteners add up when you’re having a cup or two of tea a day.
It’s easy to make a delicious iced green tea recipe at home, whether you want to pull out the kettle to speed things up or just use cool water instead.
Obviously, you could use other types of tea, too. This works great with herbal teas, or really any type of tea. Try comparing when you make it with hot water then cool it down vs. starting off with hot water from the start! Now that you know how to make iced green tea, what are you going to try first?