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Green Tea on the Rocks with Citrus

Green Tea on the Rocks with Citrus

Sachiko Murata |


It seems the heat waves are around the world this summer, so we need to have nice cold drinks to treat ourselves.

Here is a delicious summer drink with a lovely appearance. It will definitely make you refreshed and lift your spirits!!


An Easy and Delicious Steeping Method 

Fill your glass with ice cubes and pour hot tea on it. 

This is a simple way, but it is a great way to enjoy your green tea cold.  By cooling the steeped tea quickly, the tea keeps its taste and preserve its flavor. You can make a delicious iced green tea by just using a few more tea leaves than usual, and then steeping as normal.



Green Tea Type

You can use any type of green tea you have already in your cupboard. Fukamushicha, deep-steamed green tea, is a really good option. 



Fukamushicha is made by steaming the leaves longer than usual, and as a result, the color of the tea becomes deeper-green with a rich flavor.

The clean and smooth taste goes well with iced tea, and the color makes it look nice, too! 


Green tea on the Rocks with Citrus RECIPE



(for 1 serving)

  • 8g-10g (2 tbsp) green tea leaves
  • 200ml water 
  • a few slices of citrus  * Sudachi, a Japanese type of citrus, was used for the photos, but you could use lime or lemon, as you wish. 
  • ice cubes 
  • syrup (agave syrup or honey) , to taste
  • thyme for garnishing, to taste



  1. Pour 200ml of hot water (60C/140F-80C/176F) into a teapot and wait for 1 minute. As for the water temperature, follow the instructions of your tea, or steep at 60C/140F if you want sweeter and milder tea, steep at 80C/176F if you want sharper and more astringent tea. 
  2. Fill a glass with ice cubes and add slices of citrus, then pour on the tea gently.
  3. Put a thyme on top for garnishing, and add syrup to taste.



Relax with your refreshing drink!




Today's Recommendations 

Fukamusicha, deep-steamed tea  

Kanes Tea: Hatsutsumi (Kawaneji) Fukamushi Spring Sencha 川根路/初摘み 

The very first pick from a farm is called Hatsutsumi (literally "first picking"), and tends to be the youngest leaf produced by a farm. This is a premium blend of leaves by refiner Kanes Tea from the first leaf pickings of farms in Shizuoka. 


NaturaliTea #19: 2023 Mountain-grown Fukamushi Sencha, Yabukita  

Following the spring harvest, tea leaves are immediately steamed, and the steaming is increased by a little in order to create a unique balance between astringency (shibumi) and sweetness (amami), with hints of the soft young leaf buds.

Certified JAS Organic. Grown pesticide free. Fertilized with organic compost.



Other Iced Tea Recipes  

Smoked Black Tea Mojito Recipe




Iced Matcha Latte with Mango Recipe






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