Ashley’s Tea Talk
It’s iced tea season, and I’m wondering why does my tea turn cloudy after being iced within a day or so?
When tea steeps, tannins are released into the boiling water. The heat helps dissolve them. Refrigeration can cause tannins to separate out again, turning the tea murky.
Generally, higher-quality tea contains more tannins and is more likely to become cloudy.
To prevent cloudyness, try to let the tea stand at room temperature for an hour after steeping. Don’t add ice to hot tea, only add the ice cubes to your drinking glass and then pour the tea over the ice cubes.
Cheers, to a summer of cloudless iced tea!