Iced Tea RecipesIced Tea Recipes

Iced Gyokuro and Sencha

We would like to introduce some traditional iced tea recipes. We are certain that they will enrich your green moments this summer season! You can brew Iced Japanese Tea with any of our teas available at Hibiki-an.

In Japan, we have been enjoying iced green tea for many years! This tradition is as unique to Japan as fine Japanese green tea, because Japan has been blessed with clean and pure water since old times. It is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot and humid summer day, which there are many of in Japan!
There are three different ways to brew Iced Gyokuro or Sencha. Each extracts the taste and constituents in a unique way. You can choose and enjoy brewing each way, considering the purpose or taste you like the best.

(1) Brewing by ice

This brewing technique is a time consuming process, but provides the most noble taste and atmosphere, which is suitable for the highest grades of Gyokuro and Sencha. This brewing technique creates a finished tea that is low in Caffeine, since Caffeine is extracted best in hot water.
  • Place 7 to 8g (1.5 tablespoons) of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Fill the Kyusu with pieces of ice.
  • Wait for the ice to thaw naturally at room temperature (do not heat the Kyusu).
  • It is finished when the pieces of ice are fully thawed.
  • Pour the tea from the Kyusu into each glass alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.



You can brew Iced Gyokuro and Sencha with any of our Gyokuro and Sencha teas.

(2) Brewing by hot water once and cooling quickly

This brewing technique involves brewing the tea in hot water, then cooling it quickly by pouring the hot tea into a glass filled with pieces of ice.
Particularly in the case of Sencha, you can enjoy the refreshing and astringent taste that Sencha is well-known for, because this hot brewing technique extracts Catechin and Caffeine that are not extracted by brewing with ice or cold water. This way is also suitable when you wish to enjoy the healthful benefits of Catechin and Caffeine, such as when you would like to concentrate or have energy. This way is suitable for middle and high grades of Gyokuro and Sencha.
The crackling "Pachi Pachi" sounds when hot tea is poured over ice creates a cool and relaxing atmosphere in summer.
  • Place 7 to 8g (1.5 tablespoons) of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Pour 200ml (7.04fl oz) of 176F (80C) temperature of water into the Kyusu.
  • Wait for 2 to 3 minutes. You'll want to brew the tea quite strongly because later the thawed ice will weaken the flavor.
  • Pour tea from the Kyusu into each glass filled with pieces of ice to cool the tea quickly. Pour alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.



You can brew Iced Gyokuro and Sencha with any of our Gyokuro and Sencha teas.

(3) Brewing by cool water

This brewing process is easy to do and creates tea which is easy to store and preserves well. You can enjoy the smooth and mellow taste of both Gyokuro and Sencha without any bitter notes because Caffeine is not extracted in cold water.
This way is suitable for all grades of Gyokuro and Sencha
  • Place 7 to 10g (1.5 to 2 tablespoons) of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves into the teapot (or large size Kyusu).
  • Pour 500 to 1000ml (17.6 to 35.2fl oz) of cool water into the teapot (or large size Kyusu) and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.
  • In order to equalize the taste of the tea, shake the Kyusu horizontally before pouring the tea into each glass.
When you brew tea in this way, it is convenient to use a teapot for iced tea like the picture that is designed to brew iced tea. And Dobin and Large Kyusu are also convenient for iced tea brewed by cool water. They are available at Hibiki-an's Teapots / Cups category.
(You can visit the Iced Tea Pot page by clicking here; Iced Teapot, Glass Teapot, MIZUTAMA Dobin , HAIYU Dobin , Large Kyusu)





You can brew Iced Gyokuro and Sencha with any of our Gyokuro and Sencha teas.

Iced Matcha

Sen no Rikyu (1522 - 1591) who created the Japanese Tea Ceremony, unfortunately did not include a recipe for Iced Matcha in his teachings. It was invented later by an instructor of the traditional Tea Ceremony. But this instructor had to enjoy it by himself in secret because only hot Matcha was allowed in the formal Tea Ceremony. Fortunately today we do not need to be secretive about enjoying delicious Iced Matcha!
  • Cool the Matcha bowl in the refrigerator in advance, if possible (not essential).
  • Sift the matcha in order to prevent lumps, so the flavor and texture will be smooth and mellow.
  • Pour 2 Chashaku (traditional bamboo spoon) or 1 teaspoon of sifted Matcha into the Matcha bowl that has been cooled in advance.
  • Pour 70ml (2.46fl oz) of 32F (0C) temperature water into the Matcha bowl and whisk with the Chasen (bamboo whisk) until the tea gets frothy. Matcha gets frothy when it is mixed with either cold 32F (0C) temperature or hot boiling water.
  • Iced Matcha is also delicious served with milk and sugar as chilled Matcha au Lait.



(Iced Matcha)

You can brew Iced Matcha with any of our Matcha teas.

Iced Houjicha (Bancha)

Iced Houjicha is made from roasted green tea also known as Bancha.
Traditionally, tea farmers exhausted from working in hot summer weather would take a break and enjoy Iced Houjicha. First, they would boil water and tea in a kettle. Then they would cool it off by submerging the kettle of tea in a nearby brook. In fact, most everyone in Japan, not just farmers, traditionally enjoyed Iced Houjicha in the summer season. Houjicha hardly contains Caffeine but it does contain beneficial Catechin. Also Houjicha is a good affordable everyday tea. Iced Houjicha is a source of health for farmers in the hot summer season.
You can brew Iced Houjicha with all our Houjicha teas: Houjicha (Bancha), Houjicha Karigane, Organic Houjicha, and Teabag Houjicha.
There are two ways to make Iced Houjicha. If anything, we recommend you try the Traditional Japanese farmer's recipe at least once!

(1) Traditional Japanese farmer's recipe

  • Boil water in a large kettle (about 2 liters)
  • Pour 1/2 cup of Houjicha tea leaves into the kettle and boil for 2 minutes.
  • After cooling it a little, fully chill the tea in the refrigerator.

(2) Brewing by using Kyusu (teapot)

  • Place 7 to 8g (3 tablespoons) of Houjicha tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Pour 200ml (7.04fl oz) of boiling temperature of water into the Kyusu.
  • Wait for 1 minute. You'll want to brew the tea quite strongly because later the thawed ice will weaken the flavor.
  • Pour tea from the Kyusu into each glass filled with pieces of ice to cool the tea quickly. Pour alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.



(Iced Houjicha (Bancha))

You can brew Iced Houjicha with any of our Houjicha teas. Visit the Houjicha teas shopping page

Iced Genmaicha

Iced Genmaicha has a rich, nutty aroma of roasted and puffed brown rice, and the refreshing flavor of Sencha. The balanced flavor of Iced Genmaicha will enhance your green moment in summer. You can brew Iced Genmaicha with all our Genmaicha teas: Genmaicha, Genmaicha Matcha-iri, Organic Genmaicha Matcha-iri, and Teabag Genmaicha Matcha-iri. If you brew Iced Genmaicha with Genmaicha Matcha-iri, the flavor becomes even more balanced, well-rounded and nutritious, and the color is a fresh shade of green due to the addition of Matcha.

(1) Brewing by hot water and cooling quickly over ice

This brewing method creates a stronger flavor and refreshing, astringent aroma than tea brewed by cool water. Also, this method is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the healthful benefits of Catechin contained in Sencha. The crackling "Pachi Pachi" sounds when hot tea is poured over ice creates a cool and relaxing atmosphere in summer.
  • Place 7 to 8g (1.5 tablespoons) of Genmaicha or Genmaicha Matcha-iri tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Pour 200ml (7.04fl oz) of 176F (80C) temperature of water into the Kyusu.
  • Wait for 2 to 3 minutes. You'll want to brew the tea quite strongly because later the thawed ice will weaken the flavor.
  • Pour tea from the Kyusu into each glass filled with pieces of ice to cool the tea quickly. Pour alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.

(2) Brewing by cool water

You can enjoy the smooth and mellow taste of Genmaicha without any bitter notes because Caffeine is not extracted in cold water. The flavor is more mellow than tea brewed in hot water and then cooled over ice.
  • Place 7 to 10g (1.5 to 2 tablespoons) of Genmaicha or Genmaicha Matcha-iri tea leaves into the teapot (or large size Kyusu).
  • Pour 500 to 1000ml (17.6 to 35.2fl oz) of cool water into the teapot (or large size Kyusu) and store in the refrigerator for 2 to 6 hours.
  • In order to equalize the taste of the tea, shake the Kyusu horizontally before pouring the tea into each glass.



(Iced Genmaicha)

You can brew Iced Genmaicha with any of our Genmaicha teas. Visit the Genmaicha teas shopping page

Iced Tencha

Have you tried Iced Tencha? Tencha teas are limited edition only available in this summer. Iced Tencha has a unique, excellent, and noble flavor which is different both from Iced Gyokuro and Matcha. The subtle aroma lingers in the mouth for a while. The unique flavor of Tencha has quietly been enjoyed only by Matcha manufacturers for many years.
You can prepare Iced Tencha using the same brewing method as Iced Gyokuro. There are three different ways to brew Iced Tencha, (1) brewing by ice, (2) brewing by hot water once and cooling quickly, and (3) brewing by cool water. Each brewing method creates a unique flavor.
Tencha is only half the weight of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves; it is 50% lighter. So, please put about two times (2x) the cubical content of Tencha tea leaves in Kyusu tea pot.

(1) Brewing by ice

This brewing technique is a time consuming process, but provides the most noble taste and atmosphere.
  • Place 7 to 8g (3 tablespoons) of Tencha tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Fill the Kyusu with pieces of ice.
  • Wait for the ice to thaw naturally at room temperature (do not heat the Kyusu).
  • It is finished when the pieces of ice are fully thawed.
  • Pour the tea from the Kyusu into each glass alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.

(2) Brewing by hot water once and cooling quickly

This brewing technique is faster than the other two ways. So, you can prepare Iced Tencha without spending so much time.
  • Place 7 to 8g (3 tablespoons) of Tencha tea leaves into the Kyusu (teapot).
  • Pour 200ml (7.04fl oz) of 176F (80C) temperature of water into the Kyusu.
  • Wait for 2 to 3 minutes. You'll want to brew the tea quite strongly because later the thawed ice will weaken the flavor.
  • Pour tea from the Kyusu into each glass filled with pieces of ice to cool the tea quickly. Pour alternately little by little, so that the quantity and taste of the tea is equal in each glass.
  • Because Tencha is lightweight, some Tencha leaves may float on the water surface. In that case, please press the tea leaves down into the water to soak and become saturated with water.

(3) Brewing by cool water

This brewing process is easy to do and creates tea which is easy to store and preserves well.
  • Place 7 to 10g (1.5 to 2 tablespoons) of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves into the teapot (or large size Kyusu).
  • Pour 500 to 1000ml (17.6 to 35.2fl oz) of cool water into the teapot (or large size Kyusu) and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.
  • In order to equalize the taste of the tea, shake the Kyusu horizontally before pouring the tea into each glass.
When you brew tea in this way, it is convenient to use a teapot for iced tea like the picture that is designed to brew iced tea. It is available at Hibiki-an's Teapots / Cups category. You can visit the Iced Tea Pot page by clicking here; Iced Teapot, Glass Teapot

(Iced Tencha)

You can brew Iced Tencha with Tencha Pinnacle, Tencha Super Premium, and Tencha Premium. They are both limited edition only available in summer.

Iced Japanese Tea Using Hibiki-an Teabags

If you have neither Kyusu nor teapot with a fine mesh filter, it is easy and convenient to prepare iced Japanese tea using Hibiki-an Teabags.

(1) Iced Japanese Tea Using Hibiki-an Teabags

Using Hibiki-an tea bags, you can prepare iced Japanese tea as explained in the above recipes. Each individual tea bag from Hibiki-an contains 5 grams of tea leaves.

(2) Preparing Iced Japanese Tea in Canteen

If you use Hibiki-an Teabags, you can prepare iced Japanese tea in a canteen or water bottle and bring it along to the office, the beach, or anywhere! It is not only healthy but also economy, and kind to environment.
  • Place 1 to 3 individual tea bags into a canteen, depending on the size of the canteen (1 tea bag per 250 or 400ml (8.8 or 14.08fl oz) of water).
  • Fill the canteen with water and pieces of ice.
  • It will finish brewing in 3 to 6 hours.



(Iced Japanese Tea Using Teabags)

You can brew Iced Japanese Tea with any of our Teabag items.

Cool New Iced Drinks for The Hot Summer!

Here are some new iced tea recipes for you to enjoy. Once you try it, you're sure to love the pure refreshing taste, which brings energy and hydration in hot weather. It's easy to prepare as well; just follow the quick and easy recipes below. We hope you'll try iced green tea and enjoy a refreshing green moment this summer season!

(Iced Tea Recipes from Our Customers)
Our customers have posted their original iced tea recipes. You can view the recipes by clicking the Customer Review button below. And would you post your original Iced Tea Recipe? (Picture also can be posted.) It would be a great help for other customers.

Snowy Mountain Mint Gyokuro

  • Simply add a mint leaf or sprig in a glass of iced Gyokuro.
  • It makes a very refreshing cold drink for the hot summer season, like a cool winter breeze!
  • (*) You can also enjoy this Iced Sencha recipe made with Gyokuro.

Sunny Lemon Sencha

  • Make iced Sencha as usual and add a slice of lemon for each cup.
  • This is a healthy and refreshing drink.
  • Like mineral water, this drink goes well with any kind of meal.
  • It's rich in vitamin C and other nutrients.
  • (*) You can also enjoy this Iced Sencha recipe made with Gyokuro.

Soothing Honey-Lemon Matcha

  • Make iced Matcha and add a slice of lemon and a bit of honey. Mix well.
  • This makes a smooth and lovely drink that is quite soothing in the summer heat and is also good for a sore throat!

Sparkling Matcha Soda

  • Make iced Matcha and add Soda.
  • Add syrup and a slice of lemon if you want.
  • This makes a fun and fizzy drink for summer that is both cool and refreshing!



Cool and Creamy Summer Houjicha

  • Add a few drops of milk to your Houjicha cup.
  • Because its taste is quite similar to English black tea, it makes a perfect healthy alternative to English black tea.

Spicy Ginger Houjicha

  • Add just a drop of ginger juice.
  • You may add syrup if you want.
  • This drink is a bit spicy.



The Features of Constituents Characterizing Tea Flavor

The most important constituents of green tea are Catechin (a bioflavonoid), Theanine (an amino acid), and Caffeine. These elements characterize the taste and aroma of Japanese green tea.

Taste and aroma
Catechin: refreshing aroma and astringent taste
Theanine: sweet taste and mellow aroma
Caffeine: a little bitter taste

The temperature that each is extracted in water
Catechin: over 167 - 176F (75 - 80C)
Theanine: equally extracted both in low and high temperatures
Caffeine: extracted well in high temperatures only

In what kinds of green tea is each constituent found?
Catechin: Much Catechin is found in tea leaves that are flooded with sunlight. So tea leaves such as Sencha and Houjicha (Bancha) are rich in Catechin.
Theanine: Much Theanine is found in tea leaves of Ichibancha (the first pick of the year). Gyokuro and Matcha are especially rich in Theanine because the tea leaves are grown in defused sunlight before harvest.
Caffeine: Sencha, Gyokuro, and Matcha have more and Houjicha has very little. In general, cold brewed teas have less Caffeine because Caffeine is extracted best in hot water.

Tea Ware Suitable for Iced Tea

To prepare all kinds of iced tea, it is not necessary to purchase special tea ware for iced tea. It is only necessary to prepare all kinds of iced tea with usual tea ware. However, to prepare only iced tea brewed by cool water, it is more convenient to use Iced Teapot, Glass Teapot, Dobin, or Large Kyusu. Would you please take a look?

Iced Teapot (1,000ml)
(Only Available in Summer Season)

Glass Teapot (450ml)
(Only Available in Summer Season)

MIZUTAMA Dobin (Teapot: 550ml)

HAIYU Dobin (Teapot: 800ml)

Large Kyusu (Teapot: 840ml)