In the heat of the summer, sometimes we just prefer a cold cup of tea. So we tried cold-brewing some sencha green tea. It's really easy. It's basically just putting the tea in cold water and letting it sit in your refrigerator overnight!
We used 3 tablespoons (that's like 6 scoops of the wooden spoon you see in the photo) of sencha green tea leaves and 2 litres of water. We used a large teabag so that it doesn't get messy in the pitcher later.
The teabag has a flap that you can fold over so that the contents don't spill out later. (They're good to use for spices in your soup or stew as well!)
Then we added water into the pitcher and left it in the refrigerator overnight (about 8 hours). Unlike when brewing green tea with hot water where steeping time is important, you don't need to worry too much about an extra hour or so! There is no precise recipe for a cold brew. :-)
One sleep later...volia!
Extra tip: Using a pair of chopsticks, shake the teabag up a bit to release more flavour and colour!
The flavour of cold-brewed sencha green tea is a bit subtler and smoother. Cold-brewing also results in less caffeine in your tea. Very refreshing for hot days!
You can use gyokuro tea leaves too!