How to Brew Iced Tea
How to brew iced tea, brought to you by Tony Tellin and Smith Teamaker. For all our iced teas, take a look at our Iced Tea Tasting Set.
Iced Tea Brew Instructions
Iced Black Tea and Iced Herbal Infusions
For our Exceptional Iced Tea and Big Hibiscus Iced Tea, bring freshly filtered water to a boil and pour enough water to cover the leaves to make a concentrate, about 1 1/2 cups (350ml). After 5 minutes, remove and discard the tea. Add about 2 1/2 cups (600ml) of cool water to the concentrate, to lower the temperature. When ready to serve, pour over ice and enjoy.
Iced Green Tea
For our Fez Iced Tea, bring freshly filtered water to about 180 or 190 degrees. Without a thermometer, this can be achieved by letting boiling water cool for about 2 minutes. Pour about 1 1/2 cups (350ml) of water into your steeping vessel first, then add the tea. This is called bringing tea to water (as opposed to bringing water to tea for black teas and herbal infusions). After 3 minutes, remove and discard the tea. Add about 2 1/2 cups (600ml) of cool water to the concentrate to lower the temperature. When ready to serve, pour over ice and enjoy.
To make any of our other green teas iced, for each regular sachet, use 4 ounces of hot water and then dilute with 4 ounces of cool water.
Adjusting the Brew
We recommend keeping iced tea at room temperature until ready to serve and then pouring over ice to keep a consistent strength. If the brew is too strong, dilute with filtered water. If the brew is too weak, you can steep an additional sachet and add that tea concentrate. When in doubt, err on the side of making it stronger as you can always add more cool water.
Sweetened Iced Tea
To make a sweetened iced tea, add a sweetener to the tea concentrate after steeping (to not distract the steeping process) and before adding the cooler water (to allow the sweetener to fully dissolve). For black teas, we recommend cane sugar to produce that caramelized sugar flavor. For green teas, honey works best to add floral and vegetal notes. Feel free to experiment with your other favorite sweeteners though.
Flavored Iced Tea
There is a reason why you often find iced tea with a garnish: it is a great way to spruce up your cup of iced tea in both flavor and presentation.
• Black Teas - try some peach or lemon slices, our Exceptional Black Tea blend goes wonderful with stonefruits and blackberries.
• Green Teas - we like to add some sliced cucumbers, lemon, and/or mint (Our Fez Iced Tea is a blend of green tea with spearmint and lemon myrtle).
• Herbal Infusions - go quite well with a little lime or add lemonade to your Big Hibiscus for a beautiful presentation and simply refreshing summer drink (see photo above). Another Smith favorite is to add some fresh pineapple to our Big Hibiscus.
Similar to cold brew, this refers to tea that is steeped slowly in cooler water (in the sun) over a longer period of time; the lower temperature allows the tea to maintain a smooth and muted flavor profile. We prefer to steep our tea in hot water to allow all the flavor complexities to shine.