Iced Green Tea

Iced Green Tea Recipe

There was a man behind me at the grocery store the other day. I was in the bulk section surrounded by large jars of dried herbs, tea blends, spices, and sea vegetables. The man inquired about a rose & green tea blend, and the young woman overseeing the teas replied that she thought they used to carry a black tea & rose blend, but not green tea & rose. I drink a good amount of green tea, and thought the green tea with rose combination sounded particularly nice. I imagined it iced, and made a pitcher as soon as I got home using green tea I had from my trip to Tokyo, along with rose petals I had on hand. Cold-brewed, accented with rose and a bit of whole coriander - it's a warm weather refresher.

A couple notes related to my brewing technique. It's a hybrid, mostly cold-brew approach. I hit the leaves with a splash of just-shy-of-hot (not boiling) water, to wake up the leaves. This also extracts some of the healthy antioxidants from the tea leaves - straight cold brewing (with out the hot water splash) has less antioxidant activity. Count to 10 or so, and then finish up with cold water. This kills the heat, keeps the extraction smooth and slow, and prevents over cooking, or over brewing. The difference between a cold brew green tea and hot brew is dramatic, both wonderful in their own right, but for an iced tea like this I prefer less vegetable / cooked notes.

Iced Green TeaIced Green TeaIced Green TeaIced Green Tea

I use whatever green tea I have on hand, but I tend to prefer certain types over others. When I'm doing iced green tea, a favorite is loose leaf Japanese sencha (above). The color is beautiful, and it brews vibrant, smooth, and clean. Enjoy! -h

Iced Green Tea

2 tablespoons good quality loose leaf green tea
1 tablespoon (unsprayed) dried rose petals (optional)
1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds (optional)
4 cups filtered water, divided

Place the green tea, rose petals, and coriander in a pitcher. Bring 1/2 cup / 120ml water not quite to a boil. Pour it over the tea leaves wait ten seconds, then add the remaining 3 1/2 cups water. Refrigerate until the tea is a strength you like - typically 4 - 8 hours. Strain and serve over ice.

Makes 4 cups.

- Alternative brew: Substitute a handful of fresh mint, and four coins of bruised ginger for the rose petals and coriander.

Prep time: 5 min

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!
weeknight express

WEEKNIGHT EXPRESS features 10 Vegetarian, Plant-centric Recipes for Feel-Good Food — Fast!

Subscribe to get 32-pages of recipes to view on your tablet, e-book reader or phone.

weeknight expressweeknight express


Hi Heidi, looking forward to seeing your Hong Kong pics - it is a fun place to visit isn't it? I hope it wasn't too hot - the heat there gets pretty intense!

I only just noticed in the past couple of days, the Cookbook Collection tab you have on the site (it may have been there ages and I hadn't noticed) - makes me think of the 101 Library!

HS: Kate! It was SO hot and humid, but it was a mostly welcome change from SF summers ;) Working on a HK post now :) xo


This is such a lovely drink for summertime! I really don't make iced tea often enough and this is so inspiring!

This sounds delicious! What a wonderful refreshing drink for summer.

Mary Frances

I really appreciate hearing about your cold brewing practices. I have yet to experiment. Also, the nuance of flavor. Super excited to try this one.


Could you use rose water in place of the dried rose petals? Thanks!

HS: Sure! Just add it to taste, a bit at a time.


Marvelous and refreshing.


Hello Heidi,

You should try making gyokuro iced tea (very good on its own) or oolong ("greener" ones taste better than darker) if you haven't already.



At a conference I attended on nutrient content in food, the presenter was emphatic about the nutrient profile of tea (antioxidants, etc.) degrading fairly quickly, making iced tea not the best option for nutritional benefit - regardless of how good it may taste.


Do you have a recommended source for the dried rose petals? I've seen them in a number of your recipes and love the flavor, but haven't found a place that I trust. I live in the SF bay area as well, will travel for the right source! :)

HS: Hi Maggie - you can get them at Rainbow, or often I source unsprayed roses at the farmers' market, and dry them myself - on a flat surface for a few days, tossing every day.


This looks so delightful and refreshing for summer :)

Sarah | Well and Full

What a pretty refresher! So simple yet packed full of flavour and goodness :) I love when you get inspiration from people around you :) x

Jules @ WolfItDown

For a tea making newbie like I am, is there a downside towards the traditional method of a straight hot brew method and then just stashing it in the fridge to cool down?


This looks delicious! I'm really curious about rose petals, both where and how to buy them and/or drying them myself. Is it like drying any kind of herb? Can one dry any type of unsprayed roses or are certain varieties better or worse for cooking? And what is rose water? Several of your recipes use dried roses and it would be nice to see a post dedicated to this.


I will take two pitchers please. In this heat this is perfection. Off to make some and freeze a little in ice-cubes for later, I don't like my teas diluted ha!

Ciao Florentina

I have never heard of a cold brew technique before. You say it improves antioxidant count, do you know if it has an impact of caffeine levels too? The concoction sounds delicious!

Ruth Meaney

This is so beautiful!!! love it and sounds delicious as well :)


Gosh... we were burning outside today.... Had to try this homemade green tea and it was more than refreshing, it was delicious! Thanks for this simple and low-cost drink! 1+

Entretien Gatineau

Iced green tea with rose petals and coriander seeds, sounds like the perfect heat quencher! Great brewing tips as well, I totally agree with 'waking up the leaves' for its healthy antioxidants. I'm also imagining a hot version of this tea with my Apple Spice Cake!

Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday

Looks so refreshing! My hubby loves tea. Will have to make this for him!


So gorgeous! Can't wait to try this.


Like Emily, I would like to know more about the edible rose petals. When you first opened your shop, you sold them for a short time. They sold out before I could order them. Will you ever offer them again? Thank you!

HS: Hi Patty - we likely won't offer those exact rose petals unfortunately. But I will absolutely mail the QK list if we find another source here in CA with the right varietal(s).


This sounds so refreshing and looks as pretty as a pitcher, I mean picture. Will try this weekend for a high tea that I am preparing. Thank you .


Post Your Comment

More Recipes

Popular Ingredients