What says hot summer than a cup of refreshing iced tea? It beats us. You know what's better than a cup of iced tea? A cup of chilled whole flower tea!
Unlike caffeinated tea that's made of leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis flower teas are well.. more edible flowers that are also herbs hence the name Herbal Tea which is most frequently labeled.
Flower teas are better not only are they stunning to look at, they are also naturally caffeine free and rich in antioxidants which makes them a great alternative for any one who's any age. They are also very light and soothing in flavor which makes them super easy to fall in love with.
There are two ways to best make your fav whole flower teas. 1. Brew it hot, let it steep for 3 mins and pour over a glass of large ice cubes. The important part is LARGE ice cubes as they will prevent diluting the flower tea taste too much, but still helps to chill the liquid fast. 2. You can brew it hot for a few minutes, cover it, then leave it in the fridge over night to chill and infuse further. This does take longer time and some planning ahead but if you make a large pitcher of it for a party it is a great way to enjoy your chilled whole flower teas.
Ok, we lied. There is ONE LAST way to make cold flower tea which is cold brewing. We have tested on all three types of our whole flower teas and we found that it takes a minimum of 2-3 days to fully extract the flavor and flavonoids of the flower teas in water, and it only worked on Shangri-la Rose & Blue Lotus. The Royal Chrysanthemum did not cold brew well at all.
If you're feeling adventurous the best cold brew vessel we've tested is THIS one from Hario . It works great with our Rose and Louts. You can also used it for any other teas too!