Make Gourmet Drinks: Tea Steeping 101 (Part 1/2)
If you love to make gourmet tea drinks, then one of the first processes to master – before you start looking at recipes – is the fine art of steeping tea. When most tea drinkers first start drinking tea, the preparation process consists of boiling water and adding a tea bag. Learn how to properly steep tea and you’ll be able to enjoy tea on a whole new level. Trust us on this one!
Before we start talking specifics, here are a few general tips to help you properly steep tea:
- Always cover your tea while steeping in order to maintain as consistent a temperature as possible.
- Never re-boil water. Re-boiled water can leave your tea tasting flat. Use fresh, cold water.
- Don’t pinch teabags after steeping.
- Use the recommended ratios. Adding more tealeaves or tea bags doesn’t necessarily result in more flavor.
Green teas are more delicate than black teas. You don’t want to bring the water to a full boil when preparing green teas. Ideal temperature is somewhere around 160ºF. For full leaf tea, allow to steep 2-4 minutes. Tea bags should be steeped for 1-3 minutes.
If you would like to use a unique beverage syrup to flavor your green tea, we recommend Amoretti Premium Peach Syrup, which packs plenty of delicious real fruit flavor. If you desire additional sweetness, stir in honey or sugar.
Black teas can withstand more heat than your average green tea. Bring your water to a full boil and steep for 3-5 minutes (for loose leaf and tea bags). These kinds of teas tend to pair well with a sweet and/or “spicy” drink syrup.
For a sweet option, try Amoretti Premium Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Syrup. This syrup is the perfect balance of intense, sweet flavors. We especially recommend using it if you want to make gourmet drinks like tea lattes or cappuccinos.
For a spicy option, try Amoretti Premium Cinnamon Syrup – not necessarily our most unique beverage syrup, but definitely a tasty option!
Oolong teas are beautifully curled and twisted tea leaves that have been dried by the sun. Use boiling water to steep these teas; allow full leaf teas to steep for 5-7 minutes. Oolong flavors run the gamut, but a good flavored syrup pairing would be Amoretti Premium Apricot Syrup. However, you should be slightly more cautious with oolong tea pairings than green and black pairings!