This is the story behind my favorite ice green tea. There was a man behind me in the grocery store the other day. I am in the bulk area, surrounded by large jars of dried herbs, mixed tea, spices and sea vegetables. The man asked about the rose-green tea mixed tea, and the young woman who supervised the tea replied that she thought they had carried black tea and rose mixed tea instead of green tea and rose.
Green Tea inspiration
Now, I drink a lot of green tea and think the combination of green tea and rose sounds particularly good. I imagined it was iced, and as soon as I got home I made a pitcher with green tea from my trip to Tokyo and the rose petals I had on hand. Cold brew, with a focus on roses and a bit of whole coriander-it's refreshing in warm weather.
Ice Green Tea brewing technique
Some notes related to my brewing technique. This is a mixed, mainly cold brew method. I splashed a little hot (not boiling) water on the leaves to wake them up. This also extracts some healthy antioxidants from the tea-direct cold brewing (without splashing of hot water) has lower antioxidant activity. Count to about 10, then finish with cold water. This eliminates heat, keeps extraction smooth and slow, and prevents over cooking or over brewing. The difference between cold brewed green tea and hot brewed tea is huge, both are great on their own, but for such iced tea, I prefer the less vegetable/cooked taste.
The green tea I used is shown below.
I use any green tea on hand, but I prefer certain types of green tea. When I make ice green tea, my favorite is loose leaf Japanese Sencha (pictured above). The color is very beautiful, the brew is full of vitality, smooth and clean. Enjoy!