How to Make Good Iced Tea
For the hot season, we need some good ice tea.
The secret to maximizing great taste is cooling it down quickly, but properly.
We'll show you what to look out for when making good ice tea so you don't end up with something bland.
Use tea leaves correctly
We're aiming to get quality that matches that of Gyokuro, Sencha, or other high quality teas.
- 1. Making the tea
- Put 5 grams for every person in the teapot, and a teaspoon with up to 2½ cups of tea leaves
- 2. Pouring hot water and extracting
- Pour hot water of up to 60 degrees Celsius (140 deg. Fahrenheit) into the teapot and wait about 2 minutes. This will extract the richness
- 3. Pour it into a glass with ice
It will cool down quickly soon after, so it's recommended to serve to guests ASAP.
Thermoses or water bottles are also good.
Enjoying casual matcha
Ice tea can also be made using a bottle of matcha with the top sealed tightly.
Matcha has an image of wabi-sabi (imperfection), but what about a new idea that's fun?
- 1. Shake up the matcha
- First, shake up the matcha to keep it from clumping and to give it a creamy, enjoyable taste.
- 2. Making matcha in a mug
- Put 150ml of boiling water and 50ml of water in a mug, and add a heaping 1 cup of matcha.
If you only using boiling water, there's a risk of stainless steel bottles steaming, so be sure to use some chilled water.
- 3. Shake it up
- Seal the bottle tightly and shake it up good.
Be sure to use rubber packing so water doesn't spill out.
- 4. Cool it
- Put as much ice in as you can fit. Seal the bottle tightly again, shake it up, and you're done.