Brew your favorite cold brew tea at home and enjoy it by the gallon! Making a perfect cup of cold brew tea is as easy as pie – and just as tasty!
Cold brew tea is cold, but not Iced Tea. The brew method makes all the difference. Traditional iced tea is brewed hot, then poured over ice or chilled. Cold brew tea is brewed in cold water, creating new flavors and benefits.
The best part? You can get these amazing advantages in the comfort of your home! Here’s all you need to get started cold brewing the best f*cking cup of tea.
Crafting the Perfect Cold Brew Tea at Home
Get Your Sh*t Together!
You don’t need much to get started making your own cold brew tea.
A Big A** Pitcher
A pitcher, jar, or system with a lid so it stays fresh. We have a fabulous cold brew system: The Ultimate CHILL Infusion Kit. But you can also start with a pitcher or jar you already have at home.
You'll need a filter if you don’t have a system. You can get the CHILL Infusion Filter that fits any 32oz or 64oz wide-mouth mason jar.
We recommend using filtered water for superior taste – but no ice required.
And, of course, Tea
Great news! You don’t need any special tea leaves to make cold brew tea. Just choose your favorite tea blend and try it as cold brew.
We prefer loose-leaf tea because it can be a bit easier to manage the strength of your perfect cup. If you’re committed to teabags then try our eco-friendly disposable T-Sac filters, and you won’t need a separate filter for cold brewing tea.
Concocting Your Dream Brew
Making your perfect cup of cold brew tea may take some practice, so here’s where to start. Use 3 grams of loose tea leaves per 8 ounces of cold water. Add the tea leaves into your filter (or T-Sac), then pour cold filtered water over them. Easy-Breezy.
Our tea blends are enchanting just as they are – and so are you! But we all have those days when we could use a little extra kick. So, if you want to add some spark to your cold brew tea, infuse it with fruit or herbs. Just add them to the pitcher or jar before topping with your filter, tea leaves, and cold water.
Cold brew steep time is measured in hours, not minutes like hot brewing. And the longer you steep your tea, the more powerful it will become – including the caffeine (insert evil laugh here – HA, HA, HA).
Generally, steeping in the refrigerator for 6-10 hours does the trick, but here are some steeping time guidelines:
Herbal & Rooibos Tea: 4-8 hours
Green & White Tea: 4-8 hours
Black Tea: 8-12 hours
Oolong & Pu’erh Tea: 8-12 hours
Add Some Goodies
You can always add fruit and other good sh*t to your cold brew. We suggest including fresh fruit and herbs at the beginning, but you can also add a squeeze of fresh tart straight to your glass with lemon or lime.
Since cold brew tea is naturally sweeter than hot brewed, you probably don’t need sweetener. But if you want to make yours a special treat, always add sweetener to your glass after steeping. Liquid sweetener, like honey, is quicker to dissolve in your tea than solid sweetener. And if you’re craving sugar, whip up a quick simple syrup by dissolving sugar in water (1:1 ratio).
Milk or dairy alternatives can also be added straight to your glass. Try adding your favorite vanilla creamer to Blueberry Apple Pie cold brew for a better-for-you dessert! Yummy!
Once your steep time is up, remove the filter and strain out any infused ingredients. Pour into your favorite glass (over ice – or not) and add dairy or sweetener.
Always guzzle your cold brew chilled – enjoy your delicious cold brew from the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. And as with all naturally delightful drinks – be sure to stir or shake that sh*t before pouring to get an even flavor you can swear by.
After your first batch, play with the tea-to-water ratio and steep time until your potion contains the perfect degree of power!