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If you have spent even a moment on this site, you’ll know we’re all about tea, obviously. 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. 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 all the many health benefits of tea without turning your body into an oven? Obviously, iced tea comes to mind, so here’s our we like to make iced green tea. 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 Green Tea For This Iced Green Tea Recipe
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 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 Plain Iced 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.
Recipe For Unsweetened Iced Green Tea
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 moment until it’s at the correct temperature for green tea (See our page : The Correct Temperatures for Different Types of Tea – COMING SOON!)
- 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 this 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!
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 alright 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. What makes tea so great is how healthy is it for you, so adding all sorts of sugars or sweeteners really detracts from that. Now, having said that, there are some sweeteners that you can get away with. Check out our article about tea sweeteners. (COMING SOON!)
It’s easy to make delicious iced green tea at home, and it can be as healthy as you want it to be. We’ve done our best to point out the healthier choices on this page, as well as other options. It’s also important to note that this recipe for iced green tea can easily be substituted for other types of tea as well, simply adjust your steeping time and temperature level as per our link in the article. (Or CLICK HERE to read about the proper steeping times and temperatures for different types of tea.) If you’re using two different types of tea, you can either steep them separate according to their own specifications, or mix them together and take an approximate average of the temperate and steeping times, which is easier but might make some tea-purists cringe. All in all, it’s not a big deal, it’s really not going to make or break your recipe.