Cold-brewing tea is my new obsession. I was surprised to learn that you don’t need hot water to brew tea, you just need time. Add 1 teaspoon of tea to a cup of water, stick it in the fridge and wait a few hours. You’ll have fully brewed tea with all the gorgeous tea flavors and none of the tannins (the bitter compounds that make your cheeks pucker when drinking tea or red wine). Plus, as the video at the bottom of this page shows, cold-brewed tea has way more antioxidants than hot tea. Go figure.

This beverage is a combination of cold-brewed green tea and a detoxing citrus drink inspired by @FullyRawKristina. You simply add sliced citrus fruits, green tea, and herbs to a large pitcher of filtered water and let time do all the work. In the morning, you can forget about coffee. You’ll have a delicious, refreshing, inspiring beverage that flushes out toxins and helps build energy to start your day on the right foot.

Citrus Green Tea

Ingredients:

Citrus Green Tea Ingredients

Step One

Slice 1 orange, 2 lemons, and 2 limes. Wash and tear up a small handful of mint and basil leaves (not too many or it will become bitter). Measure 4 teaspoons of green tea*. Add all these ingredients to a large pitcher with 6 cups of water. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

* If you don’t have loose-leaf tea, you can use 3 green tea teabags instead. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see that I’m actually not using green tea. I made my version with a Ti Quan Yin oolong tea which is like halfway between green and black tea. You don’t have to use green, feel free to experiment with any of your favorite tea varieties in this recipe.

Step Two

After everything has had a few hours to mingle, the tea is ready to drink. The exciting part is that you can simply refill this pitcher with fresh water to make a new batch. The tea will rebrew several times and the citrus still has plenty of flavor left. I like to drink half the pitcher and top off with more water. You can get about 2-3 refills before it becomes too weak/bitter and you’ll need to make a new batch.

Video: Antioxidants in Cold-Steeped Green Tea

Dr. Greger’s website, NutritionFacts.org is one of the greatest health resources online. He publishes daily videos that highlight scientific research and I have learned so much about health and nutrition from his work. This was the video that first got me thinking about cold-brewing tea:

Citrus Green Tea