Cold-brew coffee has its perks, but when we’re craving super simple refreshment, cold-brew iced tea wins hands-down. Iced coffee is delicious, don’t get us wrong — we like it every which way — but not having to deal with straining a bunch of messy coffee grounds is priceless. All this recipe takes is water, tea bags, and the (optional) sweetener of your choice. Garnish with some lemon slices and a sprig of mint, and you’ll be sipping pretty even on the hottest days of summer, no boiling hot water or coffee-ground spill cleanups needed.
You can use any tea you like, though we prefer strong black tea. Earl Grey creates a delightfully floral brew, and oolong has a slightly smoky flavor that pairs well with barbecue. You can adjust the level of sweetness to suit your preference — we find that just a tablespoon of sugar helps round out the flavor of the tea without giving it a markedly sweet taste.
Ready to get refreshed? Here’s our go-to, simple cold-brew iced tea recipe.
Cold-Brew Iced Tea
- 3 tea bags (like PG Tips or a strong black tea)
- 32 ounces water
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar
- ice, lemon wedges, and mint sprigs, to serve
1. Add teabags and sugar to a 1-quart pitcher.
2. Fill with 32 ounces of room-temperature water, then refrigerate overnight.
3. Remove and discard the teabags.
4. Serve the cold-brew tea over ice. Garnish with lemon wedges and a mint sprig.
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(Recipe and photos via Justina Huddleston / Brit + Co)