Sri Lanka

How to Make Cold Brew Tea at Home in Just 5 Steps

Sri Lankan Iced Tea
During the summer months, cold brew tea is the perfect way to satisfy your tea cravings. In addition to the satisfaction of a cold drink on a hot day, the method of cold brewing allows for a sweeter, smoother taste. This is due to the way cold water extracts a different chemical balance as compared to hot water which results in less catechins and caffeine. And the best part is, cold brew tea is easy and convenient to make at home in just 5 steps.

  1. For every cup of water, add 1-2 tsp of whole leaf tea.
    OR for every litre of water, add 3-4 tea bags.
    Make sure to use cold, filtered water.
  2. Leave vessel at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate for 4-10 hours. Overnight would be ideal.
    Black tea takes the longest amount of time for flavour extraction.
  4. Strain the liquid.
  5. Serve with any additional toppings.
    Honey works great with black tea.

For this recipe, a tea from the Kandy region of Sri Lanka was used. Sri Lanka is divided up into 7 strictly defined regions or districts. Each district has a unique combination of climate and terrain that leaves its marks on the tea it produced. The famous Lion of the Ceylon logo, is found only on packages of pure Ceylon tea packed in Sri Lanka prior to export.

Green and lushly fertile, the island republic of Sri Lanka lies in the Bay of Bengal, just below the southeastern tip of India. Sri Lanka was formerly a British crown colony known as Ceylon, a name it kept for nearly a quarter-century after independence. Tea from Ceylon soon gained the reputation of being the finest in the world, and tea exports became the mainstay of the colonial economy Independence brought new markets, and production continued to increase. In 1965 Ceylon became, for the first time, the world’s largest exporter of tea.

For more information about where it’s grown visit the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

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