Last night I had some friends over to watch our weekly installment of our favourite summer show and as always tea was on the menu. I try to keep a mix of teas so I always have something to choose from depending on how I am feeling at that moment. My girlfriends always joke about how many teas I have to choose from, but we always have fun smelling them all and choosing according to our mood. So naturally I thought that sharing some of my fave teas with you and finding out what some of your top teas are would be a great idea.
The health benefit list for tea is quite long but here are a few tidbits:
- Green, white and roiboos teas are rich in anti-oxidants
- White tea is said to contain antibacterial and anti viral properties
- Studies are being done on black, green and white tea to see if they have a positive effect on cardiovascular health, allergies and cancer prevention. Yay!
- herbal and fruit teas offer a caffeine free alternative to black tea or coffee and depending on the herb can have different healing qualities like calming an upset stomach or soothing a sore throat
Try any of these for some summer refreshment and you won’t be disappointed:
If you like sweet black tea – ‘Ice Cream Cake’ by David’s Tea – it’s dessert in a cup and tastes amazing as an iced tea, probably because of the pieces of freeze dried icecream in it ! yummm
If you fancy fruity herbal – ‘Peach Tranquility’ by Teavana – this one really delivers the peach flavour. I find some fruity herbal teas just have a nice scent and no flavour – this has both and it’s caffeine free too! In addition to peach they have thrown in some juicy pineapple, and calming chamomile. I really like this one as a hot tea too.
If you go more for green with some spice – ‘Sweet Ginger Heat’ by David’s Tea – refreshing green, the ginger gives it a twist of spice. It has other yummy things in it too like licorice and orange peel. If you are a fan of ginger this is a winner. Ginger is also great for digestion and sore throats.
If you are a purist and like simple iced tea without the fancy flavours – try brewing an earl gray or english breakfast tea and once it’s chilled add some mint sprigs and freshly squeezed lemon . This adds some citrus zip and cooling mint to the classic tea.
Health tip* – try skipping the sweetener or using agave or honey instead of refined white sugar. It takes some getting used too but before you know it you’ll love it
Brewing – Everyone does it a little differently but I like to boil 2 cups of water and put in 4 teaspoons of loose tea ( in a tea bag or filter) and brew for 5 min to make a strong concentrate. Then I put the warm concentrate in the pitcher, add agave to sweeten if needed , fill with water and ice and stir well. I keep it in the fridge for a bit before serving to get it nice and cold.
Please share some of your favourite iced tea combinations in the comments section below. I’m always looking for new flavours to try!