Have you heard of cold brew coffee? Well, cold steeped tea is an equivalent that you can make easily customizable at home. Cold steeped tea (cold brew tea) is a method very similar to making a tradition cup of tea, but with the water heating process removed. Cold steeped tea is often confused with iced tea, but the two are different though equally refreshing.
Cold steeping tea gives a light-bodied flavor and is incredibly easy to make, with just about any variation of flavor a possibility. Cold steeped teas can be made in as little as two hours, or if you prefer a bolder flavor, up to 12. Read on for Dr. Igor’s Apple Berry Rooibos Cold-Steeped Tea!
Apple Berry Rooibos Cold Steeped Tea
Total: 12-24 hours
Prep: 3 minutes
Makes: 8 cups
- 1 green apple, de-seeded and sliced
- 1 pint of blackberries
- 6-8 strawberries
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1-½ tablespoons of rooibos loose leaf tea (in a tea bag)
- 8 cups / 64 fl.oz of filtered water
1.) Gather all the ingredients, place them in an 8 cup mason jar or pitcher, and top it off with cold filtered water. Store it in the refrigerator for 12 hours minimum and up to 24 hours for best results.
- Green apples are high in vitamins A and C, can reduce ageing of the skin, have tons of fiber, and phytonutrients that repair the body on a cellular level.
- Berries are loaded with antioxidants and may help lower cholesterol levels
- Thyme flowers, leaves, and oil have been used to treat a range of symptoms and complaints that include diarrhea, stomach aches, arthritis, and a sore throat.
- Cinnamon may help lower blood sugar and treat diabetes; it increases insulin sensitivity, making insulin more efficient at moving glucose into cells.
- Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is a shrub-like member of the legume, pea or bean family from South Africa. The leaves undergo oxidation which is then mixed with spices and then consumed as tea.
Related: Looking for another delicious and heart-healthy beverage? Check out Dr. Igor’s Hemp Heart Horchata Recipe.