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HOW TO: Make Iced Tea Using ‘Hot’ Brewed Iced Tea

We’re passionate about tea if you hadn’t already guessed. If you've been with us a while, you’ll have noticed that when the warmer months arrive, the words ‘Cold Brew Iced Tea’ are all over our website and we get into a cold tea frenzy. Cold brewing is a passion of ours and there’s simply nothing better than a really well made, cold-brewed iced tea. 

But there is more to iced tea than cold brew; in fact, sometimes hot brewing is best - so we've written a guide up below.


If you’re into your tasty non-tea blends - Fruit Punch and Lemon & Ginger - then hot brewing is the rule. These blends are fruit infusions and need to have a little bit of extra care put into them when making them into a cold brew iced tea. By using this method, hot brewing extracts flavour from the dried fruit and blasts away any bacteria that can lay dormant in fruit pieces {because they never fully dry out}.

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. This is especially true if you're making a tea cocktail - although you can also just infuse the tea into spirits if you want to keep the drink short.

General rules of hot brewing tea:

  1. Use at least double the normal amount of tea - that means 10g/2scoops, and you can go up to 20g/4scoops' worth if you want some real oomph.
  2. Take the brewing time to the maximum - but don't go over. You don't want your tea to steal the show for all the wrong reasons, so the increased amount of tea will give you ample strength and tannin to compete, without being overly bitter or drying on the palate.

Characteristics of hot brewed tea {when using rolled whole leaves, of course}: A very dark brewed liquid that becomes cloudy when it cools, strong tannins {if using tea}, dry, bitter and thicker than your usual cup of tea.

So if you like your drinks big and you want to experiment with lots of bold flavours, or you're having a bartender moment, try using a hot-brewed base to really amp up the tea notes in your drink.

Head this way to get your Fruit Punch and Lemon & Ginger to give hot brewing iced tea a whirl.

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