Iced Green Tea

Iced Green Tea Recipe

Here's the story behind my favorite iced green tea. 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. Now, 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.

Iced Green Tea

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.

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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

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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 minutes

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