Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Iced green tea for the summer (or any time)

A recent addition to the website is info on the easy way to make iced green tea from loose-leaf tea like our tamaryokucha green tea.

The hard way would be to brew a pot, set it aside to cool, then put it in the refrigerator. But the fast, easy way is simply to brew a pot (or cup) of tea and immediately pour it into a cup containing plenty of ice. (Be sure to use a mug or other cup made for hot beverages.)

If you've never made iced tea or iced coffee (which is popular Down South and in other hot places), you'd be surprised at how quickly the ice chills the piping-hot tea; it takes less than a minute after pouring before you have an ice-cold cup of green tea.

Tip: Brew the tea a little on the strong side, to allow for dilution by the melting ice. And be sure to use plenty of ice, as we show on our website. Intuitively, you may think more ice would cause the tea to be watered down more, but it's actually the other way around: If you use enough ice, then the hot tea will be cooled so quickly that less ice will melt in the beginning.

Iced green tea—a healthy way to "chill out" on a hot day!

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