Making Cold Brew Iced Teas Under Forty Calories
Are you watching your calories, keeping your costs low, trying to add some flavorful and healthy drinks to your diet and trying to do it all in no time? Then making cold brewed iced tea is for you.
Basics of cold brewing – Simple, add some tea leaves to cold water and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next day, you can sip on the smooth and low astringency infusion all you want.
If well planned, cold brewing is the simplest way to enjoy iced tea with a smooth and delicious flavor. However, don’t think of it as the iced tea you see every day. If you can get creative with teas, tisanes, fruit and herbs, you can make a bunch of low calorie and healthy cold brew drinks for energy and relaxation.
A few recipes for you to try:
1.Apple Mint White:
Servings – 4 , Calories per serving – Under 30
- White Peony tea – about 6 grams
That is 3 tea bags or 4 teaspoons of loose leaf. If using loose leaf, pack the leaf in a tea strainer or filter for easy removal later on.
- Fresh Mint – 5-10 leaves
- Thinly sliced apple – 1/2 medium Fuji apple
Add all ingredients to 1qt of filtered water (Any standard sized water bottle). Water should not be hot. Either cold or room temperature water will do the job. Now place the bottle in the fridge and leave it there overnight or for at least 6 – 8 hours. Next day, enjoy a calming and energizing drink full of real and natural flavor. Cold brewing eliminates the bitterness from the tea and the apple adds some natural sweetness to it. You are welcome!
This might just become your go-to drink anytime you want some energy and focus. Great for lunchtime pairing.
2. Cold Brew Chai – Forget taste buds, this one pampers your soul.
Servings – 6 to 8, Calories per serving – Under 40
- Masala Chai – about 12 grams (double strength)
That is about 6 tea bags or 6 teaspoons of loose leaf chai blend
- Coconut milk – 1/4 cup for each serving
- Ice cubes – 1 cup
First make a double strength cold brew – add the 12 grams of Masala chai leaves to 1 quart of water and cold brew overnight. Next morning, you have enough supply of cold brewed chai for about 6 – 8 servings.
Pour a cup of cold brewed chai over some ice cubes and add 1/4 cup of Coconut milk to it. Add a sweetener to taste if you like your drinks sweet.
This is a very satisfying drink to have after some hard physical activity.
3. Ginger Matchatini
Calories per serving – Under 10
- Matcha Powder – 1 tsp
- Ginger – 1 tsp piece, crushed
Cold brew just the ginger. Yes, add the crushed ginger piece to a quart of water and keep it in the fridge overnight. Next morning, you have ginger water. Add a cup of this water and 1tsp of matcha powder to a sports or cocktail shaker and shake it up.
Sip right off the shaker before a workout or serve in a martini glass for the refined touch.
4. Gypsy Nights – when you want something delicious but without the caffeine
Calories per serving – Under 20
- Hibiscus leaves – about 5 grams
If not straight leaf, you can use any hibiscus tea blend. I like to use a blend of hibuscus with some rosehips and chamomile for the added relaxation.
- Sage – 1 sprig
- Lime juice – 1 tsp (Optional)
Simple, add the hibiscus blend and a sprig of sage to 1 quart of filtered cold water. Leave it in the fridge overnight. Next day, you get a flavorful drink to pair with strong tasting foods like grilled veggies or blackened meats. It is a great drink as it is. You can shake it up with some fresh lime juice and sweetner just before serving.
Hope you enjoy them!
Tip – You can cold brew the tea leaves or tea bags for up to 2 days. Then you can remove the leaves and keep the cold brew infusion in the fridge for a couple more days. When cold brewing with fruit, I usually consume the teas sooner than that.
Cold Brewing is like slow cooking. It is super simple to attempt but it takes time to master. We have been looking for easy and delicious drinks to pair with our meal prep and so a few years ago, our cold brew tea journey began.
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They come freshly packaged in teabags for cold brewing.
Each teabag makes one quart of iced tea.