Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Cold Brew Ice Tea - Pina Colada Style

I have been seeing a lot on the internet about cold brew tea and coffee so when I developed my pina colada tea recipe I decided to give it a try. I am married to a physicist so I had to take a scientific approach to this cold brew tea test. I made a batch up using boiling water and let it cool, as one does when they are making an iced tea. Here are my findings;

TIME: The cold brew tea takes longer to brew but considering you have to cool the hot water tea before it can be served chilled the time worked out almost the same either method.
TASTE: The tea that had been brewed with hot water and cooled was not as smooth and had a slight bitterness to it so it had to be sweetened with a sugar syrup. The cold brew tea was lighter and more refreshing and did not have to be sweetened.
METHOD: When making the tea with boiling water I steeped the fruits for 10miutes and then drained the liquid before cooling. The cold brew tea had all the 'bits' left in. So in terms of faffing the hot tea needs to be strained which may sway you.
CONCLUSION: For this particular tea I am convinced that the cold brew method works best, I am interested to attempt this with a few different teas. This tea can of course be drunk warm but my personal taste preference is for the fruity coconut mixture to be enjoyed cold from the fridge, preferably with a record on and my feet up. The feet up part is yet to happen in this house, a girl can dream.
This recipe made up 100g of tea and guess what it uses no actual tea. There are some who define tea as the the infusion of the prepared tea shrub. Others, and I amongst the others, feel that tea can be described as the infusion of a plant. Your tea will keep for at least 8months if stored in an airtight jar although I doubt it will last that long.

you will need:

70g made up of equal parts of;
dried apple
dried pineapple 
dried coconut shavings
dried orange peel
15g dried rose hip 
15g dried hibiscus flowers

method;
  1. Put 2 tablespoons of the tea mixture into a jug that will fit into your fridge.
  2. Fill with 1.5 litres of water, stir and leave in the fridge overnight.
  3. Stir before serving.


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