A Cool Way to Brew Tea


by New Day Producers


Posted on August 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 24 at 11:24 AM

In an area knee-deep in its coffee culture, Miro Tea in Ballard is an oasis for tea drinkers looking for a cozy place to experience delicious new beverages and great atmosphere. One of their specialties is infused iced tea, so we invited owner Jeannie Liu to show us how to make perfect iced tea!

Cold Brewed Iced Tea:
Makes 4 glasses
4 heaping teaspoons of tea (double or triple tea quantity for tea concentrate for cocktails)
4 cups of filtered cold to room temperature water
Combine tea leaves and water in brewing container. Stir to make sure the tea leaves are thoroughly wetted and leave to steep in refrigerator.
Black Tea and Herbals: overnight
Green and White Tea:    3-6 hours
After steeping, strain out and sweeten if desired.
Fresh Fruit Infused Iced Tea:
Makes 4 glasses
4 cups Brewed iced tea of choice
2 cups Chopped fresh fruit of your choice*
Juice of one Lemon or orange (optional)
1 Tbsn sugar (optional)
Pour pre-brewed iced tea into a large enough pitcher or serving container. Chop and/or slice up fresh fruit, 2-4 varieties would be optimal. Add fruit, juice and sugar to the iced tea and stir to mix. Refrigerate to steep overnight. Stir again before pouring into glasses making sure some pieces of fruit are included in each glass. Enjoy!
Honey Lavender Lemonade:
Makes 4 glasses
¼ cup water
½ cup honey
½ cup fresh squeeze lemon juice
2-3 cups brewed Lavender (chilled)
Bring and water to boil and mix into honey till honey is runny and fully dissolved. Combine honey water, lemon juice and brewed lavender. Stir till well mixed. Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with lavender stalks.
Peach Oolong:
Makes 1 glass
3 Tbsn peach or passion fruit puree*
1 tsp simple syrup or honey water (optional)
½ cup brewed Oolong Double strength
½ cup sparkling water
1 peach slice
*Blend 1 cup fresh fruit with ¼ cup sugar, strain through a sieve and refrigerate or freeze. Make fruit puree with seasonal ripe fruit for most concentrated flavor.
Shake together puree, simple syrup and tea with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass, top with sparkling water and garnish with peach slice.
Green Tea Mojito:
Makes 1 glass
3-5 mint leaves
2 Tbsn fresh squeezed lime juice
1-2 tsp simple syrup or super fine sugar
1 cup ice
1 cup brewed iced green tea double strength
sparkling water or club soda (optional)
In a cocktail shaker, muddle together mint leaves, lemon juice, sugar and a few ice cubes. Add the rest of the ice and the green tea. Cover with the shaker lid and shake for just few seconds. Pour contents out into a glass and finish with sparkling water if desired.

To learn more about Miro Tea visit: http://www.mirotea.com/!