Sunday, May 24, 2009

Japanese Iced Tea (Mugicha)


When it is incredibly hot out, my favorite beverage to turn to is iced tea. It is refreshing, very inexpensive to make, and incredibly easy to prepare. I like to use Japanese barley tea bags, which produces Mugicha (unsweetened barley tea). It has a very different taste from other types of tea.. an almost sweet nuttiness. It is really delicious. You can find packages of barley tea bags already perfectly sized for brewing iced tea in any good Japanese market. And it could not be simpler...

Mugicha
(2 quarts)

2 large barley tea bags
2 quarts cold water (not hot or the tea will taste very bitter)

Steep in the fridge overnight (or at least 8 hours). Remove tea bags and enjoy.

Note: This is exactly how I make American style unsweetened iced tea as well, only using 2 family size tea bags.

Here is a picture I took of the package:

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