Brewing the Perfect Cup Of Japanese Sencha Green Tea is easy. Just follow these simple steps.

KETTLE – After you have brought the kettle to a boil allow the water to cool for about 3 minutes. The water should be hot, but not boiling, about 79 to 87 degrees Centigrade (175-190 degrees Fahrenheit). Steep for 2 minutes.

TEA BAG – Place the bag in a large cup and fill the cup with hot (but not boiling) water. Sencha teabags should steep for 2 minutes. Do not move the tea bag while it is steeping if you don’t like strong tea. However, if you do like extra strong tea, just move the tea bag back and forth after it has steeped for 2 minutes.

INFUSION – After you have emptied the teapot completely for the first serving, the wet leaves will not continue to steep. You can infuse the leaves again. Sencha can be infused 2 or 3 times.

Japenese Sencha Strawberry Tea

Once you’ve mastered that, amp it up by making our favorite summer time green tea drink.

What You Need:

1/4 pound washed, hulled strawberries (~ one medium-sized container from your grocer or farmers market)
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 spring mint leaf
1/4 cup (2 ounces) Sencha Japanese Green Tea, brewed with water that’s below boiling point

Once you’ve assembled you’re ingredients, put everything but the Sencha into a blender. Blend the strawberries, mint leaves and honey on the “blend” setting until the mixture is smooth. It should take about 30 seconds. Stop blending and use a spoon to push the strawberries closer to the blades if necessary.

After blending, keep the mixture covered and chilled until you’re ready to serve it. Stirring the blended strawberries and the Sencha green tea together just before serving keeps the mixture from separating.

This step is what sets Strawberry Sencha Fresca apart from traditional strawberry agua fresca. Iced green tea (preferably iced Sencha) provides this recipe more flavor, complexity and antioxidants than regular strawberry agua fresca. The fresh mint complements the fresh flavor of the Sencha and the sweetness of the strawberries.

Simply stir the blended strawberry mixture and the iced tea together in a pitcher or large jar. Like agua fresca, Strawberry Sencha Fresca is best when it’s fresh.

Serve it immediately.

You can keep leftover Strawberry Sencha Fresca covered and refrigerated overnight to enjoy in the morning. Makes about four servings. Enjoy.