Why should coffee have all the fun?

Skip the boiling water and put your tea bags to work in this cold brew iced tea.

A simple and refreshing Summer drink.

red, white and blue summer iced teaSince the season for cold and refreshing drinks are on the horizon, we’re sharing different beverage combinations for this month’s Recipe Redux. Get ready to pour some colorful new drinks for all your celebrations this summer. Honestly, I’d rather be in the kitchen enjoying side dishes or desserts than mixing drinks, so we’ll keep this recipe short and simple—relying on the refrigerator and freezer to do most of the work—with a cold brew style iced tea drink.

  

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This iced tea is made just like cold brew coffee, but since there are no loose coffee grounds to strain, it’s so much easier. Simply steep tea bags in cold water overnight and remove them before serving. Leaving behind a flavor enhanced water that pairs perfectly with a warm summer day. If you have a hard time drinking plain water, this method is worth trying. The tea bags add a mild flavor to the water without a need for additional sweeteners. Play around with different tea bags to adjust the flavor of the water. For this pink version, I used bags of Wissotzky Green Tea with wildberries and passion fruit

Cold Brew Iced Tea
Add a Patriotic Twist

Looking to add more red, white and blue to the table? Customize your cold brew iced tea with a patriotic twist by using fruit filled iced cubes. Simply fill ice cube trays with a combination of water and your favorite pieces of fruit before freezing. Here I added frozen wild blueberries to my ice cube trays. Once added to the cold brew it transforms the original light pink color into a darker shade. The frozen blueberries and layers of ice* also add the remaining patriotic colors to the cup.

*Note that depending on the type of fruit used you may want to freeze the fruit with a little water first before filling the entire ice cube tray with water. I froze these in layers, to keep the blueberries from turning my entire ice cube purple.

      

Cold Brew Iced Tea (red, white & blue for summer)

blueberry ice cubes

Cold Brew Iced Tea
 
 
A refreshing summer iced tea drink that's made without boiling water.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Makes: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 5 tea bags (green tea with wildberries and passion fruit)
  • fruit filled iced cubes (wild blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Pour 5 cups of water into a large pitcher. Tie tea bags together and submerge in the water.
  2. Cover and refrigerate up to 12 hours.
  3. To serve, pour into a glass filled with ice cubes.



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