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Cold Brew Green Tea

This light and refreshing green tea is made like your favorite coffee cold brew, but is healthy!
Prep Time5 mins
Seeping Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil, easy drink, iced tea
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1kcal
Author: Jenny Hurley
Cost: $2


  • Large mason jar


  • 3 bags green tea
  • 20 ounces filtered water cold
  • lemon slices optional
  • basil fresh leaves, hand ripped
  • liquid sweetener optional


  • Fill mason jar with water. Either place tea bags directly in water or cut open and pour tea leaves in water.
  • Add basil, liquid sweetener, and lemon if desired.
  • Stir to combine. Place lid on jar and let sit overnight or up to 24 hours.
  • After seeping up to 24 hours, use cheesecloth to filter out leaves and seasonings. Serve over ice and garnish as desired.


  • Water temperature: Use cold water to avoid tannins being released, which make the tea bitter.
  • No mason jar: Can also use large pitcher. Cover with plastic wrap during seeping.
  • Storage: Keep covered in fridge up to 4 days.
  • Flavor options: Orange slices, berries, peaches, or any fruit with herbs like mint, rosemary, or even lemongrass. Can also add minced garlic to tea.
  • Liquid sweetener: We used 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia for this recipe, but you can use simple syrup or any liquid sweetener.
  • Loose tea leaves: Use about 1 tablespoon for every 8 ounces water.


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Calcium: 4mg | Net Carbs: 1g