If you've been around our website recently, you’ll have found it pretty hard to miss the words Cold Brew written everywhere. We’ve got recipes, an infographic and all other things cold brew on the Make Summer Awesome section of The Blog. But there's more to iced tea than cold brew, so this week, we’re telling you all about the time and the place for hot brewing.
IT’S GETTIN’ HOT IN HERE.
Firstly, if you’re using fruit infusions like Fruit Punch or Lemon and Ginger, then hot brewing is the rule, not the exception. Herbal infusions aren’t tea, so they need to be treated slightly differently - hot brewing extracts the most flavour from the dried fruit whilst also blasting away any pesky germs that might have found their way onto the fruit before reaching your cold brew pot.
Secondly, some iced teas work better with a little bitterness. When you’re aiming for a super sweet punchy iced tea, hot brewing extracts some of those “strong” flavours that work well with intentionally sugary iced teas. Take the Green Tea and lime iced tea in last week’s one liner iced tea recipes.
Finally, hot brewing your iced tea can be a life saver if you're caught short by unexpectedly good weather. Just make sure you’re always stocked up with plenty of honey, lemons and proper whole leaf tea. Mmmhmm!