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potJiaogulan Herbal Tea Brewing and Preparation Directions

One of the easiest and most popular ways of preparing Jiaogulan is to brew a tea. There are two types of teas: infusions and decoctions. If you have ever poured hot water over a tea bag, you have made an infusion; an infusion is simply herbs steeped in hot water. A decoction results when herbs are boiled in water. When you simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves in apple cider, you're making a decoction.

Jiaogulan Tea Infusions by the Cup

Boil pure water (spring water is our favorite) and infuse fresh Jiaogulan leaf. Use 1 teaspoon/1gm of Jiaogulan for an 8oz/250ml cup. Infuse the leaf for about 3 to 10 minutes. Enjoy your tea while nibbling on the settling sweet leaves; there's no need for a tea bag.

Jiaogulan Brewing Directions:

  • Water Temperature: 140-212F = 60-100C
  • Leaf Amount: 1-2t = 1-2.5g
  • Water Amount: 6-8oz = 175-250ml
  • Infusion Time: 1 to 10 minutes

Jiaogulan Connoisseur's Tips: try shorter infusion times, with multiple infusions of the same leaves. Each infusion has it's own merits and unique tastes/aromas.

Cleaning the Travelers Feet: an Asian Tea Ceremony Ritual: Residue is a normal by-product of whole leaf infusions. Try rinsing the leaves for 30 seconds and discarding this first infusing. Referred to in Asia as Cleaning the Traveler's Feet.

Jiaogulan has a delicate flavor that is easily compromised by chemical additives in tap water. To enjoy the best cup of Jiaogulan possible, use only pure water. Unlike most teas, our Jiaogulan does not get bitter after infusion. The longer it sits, the sweeter it gets.

Jiaogulan Herbal Tea Infusion by the Pot

Jiaogulan by the pot ~ use a screened pot or tea strainer. Make sure to leave plenty of room for the leaves to expand. Add a teaspoon of Jiaogulan for each 8oz/250ml of water. Add an extra spoon of tea for the pot. Cover the leaves with boiled water and rinse for a about 10 or 15 seconds. Pour off the rinse water to remove any residue or dust. Cover the leaves a second time with boiled water and steep for 3 to 15 minutes.

Jiaogulan is also great served chilled. Make a pot in the morning and place it in the refrigerate to enjoy all day long in the hot season.

Jiaogulan Sun Tea Recipe

Use a clear glass jar and add a teaspoon of Jiaogulan for each 8oz/250ml of water. Cover the jar and place in direct sunlight for 1 to 2 hours. Enjoy your Jiaogulan sun tea as is or chill and serve over ice.

potDirections for making a Jiaogulan Herbal Tea as a Decoction

If you really appreciate the a full flavored Jiaogulan tea infusion, then you’ll be amazed at how much more you can receive. Make a Jiaogulan Decoction by hard boiling the leaves for 1 to 3 minutes in pure water. Remove from the fire and cover the pot or transfer into an insulated thermos with the leaves. Enjoy all day long.

Jiaogulan Herbal Tea is great chilled.

Place your infused tea in the refrigerator or pour over ice. Now you can enjoy drinking healthy and delicious tea even in warm weather.


Do you have your own ideas for how to use Jiaogulan. If you would like to share them, please contact us.

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