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How to make any tea… iced!

Did you know that you can enjoy any of your favorite loose leaf tea blends iced? AND that there are so many easy ways to make iced tea!? All you need is our Takeya Iced Tea Pitcher, designed to brew the perfect iced tea any way you like it. According to the Tea Association of the USA, 85% of tea consumed in America is iced, and iced tea is a perfect addition to any lemonade, cocktail, or carbonated refreshment, making it one of the most versatile beverage choices! Explore the endless delicious possibilities of iced tea with Art of Tea today.

Hot Brewing Iced Tea

Hot brewing is a quick and easy way to brew your favorite iced tea, with a lighter flavor, for a refreshing iced tea beverage. Add one 2 quart iced tea pouch or 7 teaspoons of loose leaf tea to the Takeya pitcher. Loose leaf tea can be placed directly in the picture, into the infuser, or in a filter bag for easy cleaning. Then, add 3 cups of hot water to the pitcher, cover, and steep for 4 minutes. Once the tea has steeped, remove it from the pitcher, add 5 cups of room temperature water, stir, and enjoy over ice! Try hot brewing our Classic Black iced tea and mixing with lemonade for a delicious Arnold Palmer. 

Cold Brewing Iced Tea 

Cold brewing tea may take a bit longer than other iced tea brewing methods, but this time allows for increased strength and flavor. With Cold brew iced tea, the slower brewing process creates a sweeter brew that is more delicate and nuanced due to fewer tannins in the brew. There is very little bitterness and astringency in this process, but rather a strong, bold finish. To cold brew tea, add one 2 quart iced tea pouch or 7 teaspoons of loose leaf tea to the Takeya pitcher. Flash steep in 1 cup of hot water for 2 minutes. Fill the pitcher with 7 cups of freshly drawn cold water, then cover and refrigerate for 8-10 hours. Remove sachet or loose leaf tea, pour into glasses, serve over ice, and enjoy! Try cold brewing your favorite fruit forward teas, such as Meyer Lemon Iced Tea, for a truly bright and refreshing summer sip!

Flash Chill Brewing

The flash chill method is also a great option when you want your iced tea now! According to a study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, there is evidence to suggest that cold infusing your tea preserves the beneficial molecules (antioxidants and others) in the tea leaf, protecting them from degradation. Add one 2 quart sachet or 5-7 teaspoons of loose leaf tea into the pitcher. Heat 2.75 cups of water to the desired temperature (depending on tea type), and add it to the pitcher. Steep for 3-5 minutes, then remove sachet or loose leaf tea. Fill the entire pitcher with ice, seal shut, and shake for 30 seconds to flash chill iced tea!

All in all, the Takeya iced tea pitcher is a staple for all of your iced tea needs, and even works to cold brew coffee! Whatever you’re brewing, and however you’re brewing, Art of Tea has a variety of tea blends and teaware to choose from, as well as gift sets such as the Ultimate Iced Tea Kit, perfect for any iced tea beginner or seasoned tea drinker.