The health benefits of green tea are widely known, and have been for centuries. I’m sure I don’t have to sell you on why it’s good for you. Especially if you’re trying to drop a few LB’s, sipping on green tea is a particularly good idea- it has no calories (if unsweetened!) and gives your metabolism a boost with a low dose of caffeine.
Making a big batch of iced green tea is a great way to make sure you’re sipping it throughout the day- plus it’s way easier on the budget. A 16oz green tea at Starbucks will run you about $2, and when you make it at home the same size serving will only set you back about 20 cents- more or less depending on what grade of tea you decide to use.
One problem I’ve run into in trying to make iced green tea in big batches was it going bitter. This is something that happens easily, even when just brewing one cup. Here’s how I make a big batch of green tea and keep it tasting great.
1. Open about 15 green tea bags and rope them together by the strings. You’re going to make the tea stronger than normal to make up for the ice watering it down.
2. Measure out about 80oz of water- 10 8oz servings. This isn’t set in stone- you could adjust for taste, but this is the ratio I follow. Put the water in a large pot and put on the stove over medium heat.
3. Allow the water to heat up, but not too hot. You should be able to put your finger in and it not burn you. Don’t let the water boil! It should not even have bubbles forming on the bottom. This is very key to keeping the green tea from getting bitter.
4. Hold the tea bags by the paper tabs and dip them in the water. Swirl around and steep for no longer than two minutes. This is the second important step for maintaining the delicate taste- don’t over steep!
5. Remove pot from heat and remove tea bags. I always press the tea bags out over a strainer to get all the liquid out before discarding.
6. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate. Allow to cool completely, pour over ice and enjoy!