1. I am a tea monster. No two ways about it. I love the stuff.
2. I've given up coffee. I wasn't drinking it, I was using it, like a drug It wasn't doing me any favours.
3. I'm a teacher. My morning break is only 10-15 minutes, and I usually have stuff to do. Pesky students.
4. Brewing a hot cup of tea, pouring a bit away and then adding some cold water from the tap is abhorrent. Yes, it's expedient when you need to drink your tea in a hurry, but see Point 1. Criminal!
So, I need a refreshing beverage to pick me up mid-morning (and usually mid-afternoon too) that doesn't need time to cool down, won't burn my mouth, and won't make me explode with caffeine. I also need something I can grab quickly in a busy office while I check emails, photocopy things and deal with pesky students.
The solution: Fridge brewed tea!
Step 1: Ingredients
2. A teabag. Nothing fancy or expensive, just a bog standard one will do the job.
3. Cold water. Straight from the tap.
When you're choosing a bottle you should bear in mind that a teabag will be going in and coming out. Try to get something with quite a wide opening and you can avoid fishing around with a chopstick trying to get the damn thing out again.
I've chosen Jasmine tea for this Instructable, mostly because I want to drink some tomorrow. While my first cuppa of the day is always hot, always a brand of blended breakfast tea, and always has milk in it, I usually brew fridge tea with something that doesn't usually have milk in it. The green teas, white teas, yellow teas, flower teas and jasmines are good, although I've also had some nice results with Earl Grey. At the moment I can count around 10 different kinds of teabag in the cupboard, and that's before I start on the loose leaf stuff, plus two cakes of pu'erh. Like I said, tea monster.
If you want to use loose leaf tea, jessyratfink's method has instructions on making a little tea pouch. As soon as I can find some cloth that my wife doesn't want, I'll brew up some long-jing. I love that stuff.