Cold Brew Green Tea with Honey & Lime

Renowned for its antioxidants and numerous health benefits, green tea is considered to be one of the healthiest drinks on the planet, if not THE HEALTHIEST. Some say it’s the top anti-ageing beverage, because of its impact on brain and heart health, as well as on your bones and eyes. So why aren’t we drinking more of it?

Die-hard coffee drinkers will say that nothing could ever take the place of a cup of coffee, and they’re right. But if you’re trying to cut down (why you might have to) and are looking for something to fill the void, green tea contains caffeine and just seems like the natural alternative. Except it isn’t coffee, it doesn’t taste anything like it and can sometimes be utterly joyless. Especially in Manila’s hot weather as of late, sipping a hot cup of green tea in the afternoon became more like a chore. So what to do? Cold brew! Of course!

Cold brewing green tea doesn’t really need a recipe but its merits need to be extolled. Cold-brewing the tea gently extracts all of the good stuff minus that bitter taste that comes from steeping the tea in very hot or boiling water. You also get that beautiful green color that is sometimes lost during the standard hot preparation. You can add honey for sweetness, and lime or lemon juice for a punch, and some mint leaves if you wish. But cold brew green tea is just as lovely on its own.

These days we always have a jar of green tea cold brewing in the fridge as part of an ongoing family effort to eat and drink healthier. Cheers!

Cold Brew Green Tea with Honey and Lime

A little less than 1 liter of filtered water
Good quality green tea in bags
A clean mason jar with a lid or a glass pitcher
honey (optional)
Lime or lemon juice (optional)
Mint leaves (optional)


1. Pour the filtered water into the jar or pitcher. Our mason jar in the photo holds exactly a liter of water but we filled it with a little less.

2. Add a single bag of green tea and let it sink somewhat into the water. We found that a single bag added to this amount of water creates a somewhat watered down tea with beautiful color. You can add two bags for a stronger brew but keep in mind the caffeine.

3. Cover the jar or the pitcher with a lid or some cling wrap and let steep overnight in the fridge.

4. To serve, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice if you wish (this alters the color somewhat), some honey for sweetness to taste, and some clean mint leaves to garnish if needed.

Note: We remove the tea bag from the brew after it has steeped for about 24 hours in the fridge as leaving it there for longer could encourage mold. After the tea bag has been removed the liter of tea is consumed within two days

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*Photo by Ina Amor Mejia.

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