2011/05/14

Iced Japanese Tea

During the summer time in Japan, cold drink is a must. I usually keep iced tea including black, flavored and green teas in my fridge. What would you drink?

Today, let me tell you the easiest and simplest recipe for iced Japanese tea.

1) Put 500ml of water and 5g of tea leaves into a container.
2) Leave it for 3 – 5 hours or overnight in the fridge. When ready, take out tea leaves from the container. (Or, transfer tea into another container in order to separate from tea leaves.)  Enjoy!


Remember this ratio:  100ml of water per 1g of tea leaves .
This means, when you would like to make 1000ml iced tea, use 1000ml of water and 10g of tea leaves. So simple, isn’t it!!

In my case, I’ve got a container with strainer, which is really handy. I usually prepare it before going to bed, and leave it in the fridge until the following morning. When I wake up, just take out the strainer and throw away the tea leaves. That's it!

Generally, Japanese tea has more amino acid called theanine (responsible for umami flavor), which is more extracted by using lower temperature hot water. Therefore, using “water” does make sense. You will enjoy gentle and sensitive flavor of Japanese green tea.

Of course, keep the iced tea in the fridge and better to finish it within 24 hours.