Cold Brew - Step by Step

Summer is nearly here and at Good Medicine that means something special-- cold brewed tea! On a hot day, iced tea can’t be beat when you want something refreshing.

The cold brew method is super easy, even during a busy summer in the Gorge-- you can do this between all the running, hiking, biking, kiting, windsurfing and kayaking. 

Here’s how:

  • Grab a mason jar, or other wide-mouthed receptacle. I use a quart for myself, a gallon if I’m having company.

  • Choose your favorite loose-leaf tea. Check out our cold brew teas, or see my favorites list below. Remember-- you can cold brew any loose-leaf tea that you like!

  • Add the amount of loose-leaf tea that you would use if you were brewing the tea hot. Example: for rooibos teas, like Punchbowl Falls , I use 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces of water. Play with it to make it lighter or stronger.

  • Add cold water.

  • Cap the jar and put in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Strain the leaves out the next morning.

  • Voile-- you have cold-brewed tea. Add ice and enjoy!

Remember: it's nearly impossible to over steep the tea when you're cold brewing, so if it stays in the 'fridge for two days, it should still taste great!

Alexa's favorite teas to cold brew (besides our classic cold-brew teas):

  • Crescendo - This Darjeeling black tea is full-bodied with undertones of malt-- cold-brewing really brings out these flavors. And it received a World Tea Award as an iced tea!
  • Guayusa - This Ecuadorian cousin to Yerba Mate is lightly sweet, deliciously smooth when cold-brewed, and a nice caffeine boost!
  • Scarlet Chai - This Rooibos chai is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy, and you can drink it all day long, it's caffeine free!