How to brew cascara tea at home

So now that you've gotten your hands on some dry cascara tea you're asking yourself: what do I do with this? 

 A French press is a great tool for making cascara tea, hot or cold. 

A French press is a great tool for making cascara tea, hot or cold. 

Making cascara tea is a very simple process that you will perfect to your taste over time. Some people like a very light infusion, others like a strong, almost syrupy brew to serve over a generous cup of ice. So we'll get you started with something in the middle. Tweak your ratios over time to discover what you like best!

Hot Brew Method

1. Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil

2. Pour water onto 3 tablespoons of dry cascara, using an infuser or french press to allow cascara to steep for 6-8 minutes

3. Serve hot on its own, or add a wedge of lemon for a brighter citrusy cup

Cold Brew Method

1. Pour 2 cups of water over 4 tablespoons of dry cascara, using a french press or a glass jar (or however else you might be making cold brew coffee these days)

2. Allow the cascara to steep for at least 10 hours, then filter using your french press or a coffee filter

3. Serve over lots of ice on its own or add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Or better yet, get even more creative! Add some mint leaves, a splash of your favorite fresh juice, some fresh pressed ginger, even a little bit of cold brew coffee!

The combinations are endless. Cascara has proven to be quite versatile in all our experiments, so get your basic ratios down, figure out what you like, and share your favorite combinations with us!

And in case you want to add some boozy fun to your cascara experiments, check out our post on cascara cocktails pt.1 !

Salud! Cheers!

Daniela

Daniela Uribe