All those wonderful antioxidants that green tea is so famous for are in glorious abundance in a cold beverage as well as a hot.
So if you want the health benefits of this beverage in the summer months but can't take the heat, then why not try a glass of iced instead.
You can have all the health benefits of green tea but in a cold iced drink instead. I am here to tell you that you can and it's a wonderfully quick and easy recipe that even a fumble fingers like me can master.
As the hot summer sun creeps in put your kettle on to boil and brew yourself up a batch of ice cold green tea. It is a wonderfully refreshing summer time drink.
The Ideal Beverage for a Backyard Summer Party
Iced Tea Can be Green Too
3 - 5 green tea bags
2 teaspoons sugar or 2 teaspoons of honey (This can be adapted to your taste preferences).
Hot water to fill your teapot (a minimum of 4 cups) I use a teapot that holds 6 cups.
There is a secret to brewing green tea and that is to never pour boiling water over your green tea. Green tea can be quite bitter and steeping this antioxidant tea gently is the key to having great tasting green tea.
1) Let your boiled water cool slightly, place your green tea bags into the teapot, and then pour your hot water into your teapot.
2) Allow your green tea to steep for about 1/2 hour. Stir your tea a couple times to insure that the green tea is fully infusing from the bag into the water.
3) Pour your green tea into a quart container, add sugar or honey to taste, then add water to fill the container. Shake or stir to dissolve sugar.
4) Refrigerate to cool. Serve your iced green tea over ice.
Iced is Simple: Brewed Tea + Extra Water + Sugar + Lemon + Ice
Don't Like the Taste of Green but Want its Health Benefits?
Green tea is known for having a grassy bitter taste which turns quite a few people away from it. Some like its distinct flavor but if you are just not one of those people there are ways to improve the taste. This beverage is far too healthy to just push to the side when there are so many easy ways to adapt it to suit your palate.
One of the largest causes for the bitterness is the way in which people brew the fragile green leaves. It is very important to never pour boiling water directly over green tea. These leaves are delicate and like to be pampered.
Always cool your boiled water ever so slightly and then pour the water into the pot. A minute or two wait is quite sufficient to help remove keep the bitterness at bay.
This tea loves company. Calling in a bunch of relatives to drink tea with you won't help remove the bitterness of this beverage but adding a bag of regular or herbal tea into your pot certainly will. Adding a little more flavor helps to give this beverage a milder more enjoyable taste.
For an even healthier twist you can also add in a slice of lemon, lime, or orange, or add a sprinkle of ginger in. Hot or cold there are many ways to spice up the flavor of green tea to suit your taste.
With a Wealth of Antioxidant Rich Polyphenols in its Leaves
Green, black, white, and oolong tea are all made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. What gives green tea its rich antioxidant qualities is the method by which the leaf is processed.
Green tea is steamed rather than fermented like the other teas and this allows it to maintain a higher percentage of it's polyphenols. These are super antioxidants and the green leaf varieties can contain up to five times more polyphenols than black.
It all adds up to this beverage being a super food when it comes to making us a little bit healthier.
The antioxidants in green tea can help to prevent some forms of cancer and may even help to reduce the onset of age related illness on our body. Take a few minutes to enjoy a cup (or a glass) of green tea today.
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