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Green tea: How to make good tasting green tea, and how long to brew

Green tea is a classic and healthy mode of tea that is great any time of day. Green tea is packed with caffeine, L-theanine, and tons of antioxidants. Curious tea drinkers may wonder about the best ways to prepare this superb specimen of the camellia Sinensis plant. Keep reading to learn the best ways to brew tasty green tea.

Pot of green tea
Pot of green tea

How to make green tea that tastes good?

Before we set some green tea purists on the warpath, we mean how can we make green tea that tastes good instead of brewing incorrectly and getting a bland and flavorless cup of green. Of course, a full leaf tea from a misty tea farm in Fujian province, China, will need little help to be tasty. But what about the average baggy of green tea one may find in the office break room?

Making green tea taste good is an art and a science, but you don’t have to be Leonardo da Vinci to achieve good tea! Brewing green tea at the right time and at the right temperature is critical. If that still doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to add accouterments like honey, lemon, or other ingredients.

How much green tea should I use?

Whether using a green tea bag or loose leaf tea, the perfect ratio is 6-8 ounces of water for every 1 ounce of tea leaves. If you are using a bag, 6-7 ounces of water should do it. Feel free to use more tea for a more robust flavor.

How long should I steep green tea?

Green tea does not need too long to steep; anywhere from 2-3 minutes should be ideal. Any longer, and your tea may become bitter and astringent!

How do I make iced green tea – add ice?

Making iced tea is a cinch, and there are two ways to do it; 

  • One way is to brew hot tea, cool it, and add ice. 
  • But another way is to cold brew your tea by adding your tea leaves or tea bags into a jar or bottle to cold-brew it overnight in the refrigerator. If you are cold brewing, use double the usual amount of tea to water in your ratios.

How do I make a shot of green tea?

For those looking for an “on the rocks” approach to tea, be aware that green tea is a significant component and complement to many a cocktail, but otherwise, one can prepare a shot of green tea. Here’s how it’s done!

What you will need:

  • 1 ounce of Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce of Peach Schnapps
  • 1 ounce of Sour Mix (Midori is a great choice!)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 1 ounce of brewed green tea
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Strainer
  • Shot glass

How to make it:

  • First, brew and steep your tea. Do this step well ahead of time, so your tea can cool. 
  • Then, add the ice, honey, whiskey, schnapps, tea, and your sour and shake away. 
  • Strain the contents into your shot glass and top off with lemon-lime soda. 
  • Lastly, enjoy! 

Best sweetener for green tea

Though this one is undoubtedly subjective, some sweeteners are better than others regarding green tea. While black tea is a robust leaf that can handle milk and cream, green tea is more vegetal, so creamers are possible but better left to the black teas. As for green, there is a superb synergy with lemon zest. If the sour citrin is not your cup of tea, natural honey is another excellent choice for green tea as a sweetener. Finally, though white sugar or sugar cubes are the more traditional mode of sweetening tea, we would like to suggest brown sugar or the special Okinawan and Southeast Asian black sugar give your green tea a truly delectable sweetening up.