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Iced Gyokuro

(recipe, Matthew Amster-Burton)

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Gyokuro is the top echelon of Japanese leaf teas, always excellent and always expensive. Feel free to substitute a good-quality sencha (the most common type of Japanese tea), following the overnight brewing instructions.


  1. 1 Tbsp. (about 6 grams) gyokuro leaves
  2. 10 oz. (1ΒΌ cups) cold, filtered water


  1. Combine the tea leaves and water in a liquid measuring cup. Cover and steep 20 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. Strain and serve over ice.


The strained tea will keep up to four days in the refrigerator. Read more about green tea in Matthew Amster-Burton's "Green goddess."