Cold infusions and iced teas

Cold infusions and iced teas

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Mowie Kay

A cold infusion of tea has one main advantage over traditionally made iced tea – and that is that there isn’t really any need for added sugar as the flavour is pretty much tannin free, making it purer, cleaner, sweeter. However, it does need a long infusion – usually around 10–12 hours of steeping in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
white tea, with a teaspoon of orange blossom and pared lime zest
white tea, with rose petals and pared lemon zest
jasmine tea, with a kaffir lime leaf and pared lime zest
green tea, with pared grapefruit zest
russian caravan, with pared mandarin and orange zest, (or something with similar smoky flavours)
peppermint tea, with lime zest and, on serving, slices of cucumber

Method

  1. To make, take a 1-litre bottle that you can store in the door of your refrigerator. Add a teaspoon of any loose tea you like then add any aromatics. Fill the bottle with filtered water, then put into the refrigerator to infuse. Taste at intervals until it has reached the strength you like, then strain and store. Or you can just leave everything in and keep letting it get stronger. My favourite combinations are:
  2. You can also cold-brew coffee, which is actually my favourite way to drink it – again, because it is less acidic on the stomach and I find the flavours much more distinct, and coffee and citrus go surprisingly well together – see Orange and Coffee Liqueur. It is almost as easy as the tea – simply make sure you have coarsely ground coffee beans (the texture of breadcrumbs), put in the bottom of a cafetière, or a large bottle. The strength is up to you, but I use around 1 tablespoon per 240ml. Leave to stand for around 12 hours, then either press or strain. To add citrus notes, you can add pared zest along with the coffee, but really just serving over ice with lots of slices of lemon and lime makes for a very refreshing drink. My husband likes adding a sliver of chilli to the coffee while it is brewing too.
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