Tea in summer
Of course, you love to have a warm cup of tea during winters when it’s cold outside and you just want to soothe yourself. But what about having a cup of tea during a hot summer day? Yes, it doesn’t sound too sane but it is a fact that people all over the world have tea during summer for its many health benefits. Some prefer to have a hot cup of tea and for some Iced tea is the perfect drink to chill with. Let’s see various health benefits of tea during summer.
Why drink tea in summer?
- Kicks away dehydration: What can be a better way to hydrate your body in summer than having a glass of chilled Iced tea! Not only it will quench your thirst but also its flavor and fragrance will refresh your mind instantly
- Improves digestion: The warm tea helps a lot in improving your digestion during summer. In many countries, it is a custom to drink tea after the food
- Helps soothe an upset stomach: Drinking tea when your stomach is creating nuisance helps a lot in curing it. In many parts of India, people swallow dry tea powder/leaves with water when they have upset stomach to get immediate relief
- Helps prevent nausea and heatstroke: Nausea and heatstroke are very common problems during summer. Having tea helps in preventing them effectively
- Boosts energy and mood: The caffeine present in the tea gives an immediate boost to your energy level and mood to kick-start your day
- Boosts metabolism: The presence of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) increases metabolism rate and assists in burning the fat. EGCG is an effective stimulator of thermogenesis, the biochemical process by which fat in the body is burned to provide energy
- Provides antioxidants: Antioxidants have been discovered to possibly help lower the risk of various types of cancers. Tea has an abundance of antioxidants
- Relaxes You: Green tea has a natural chemical known as theanine in it which can produce a calming effect on the drinker and thus relaxes you
Now, when you know so many benefits of having tea during summer, let’s see what all ways people prefer to have it all over the world. There are basically two ways in which people have tea. One is hot and other is cold. Both ways, people get the benefit of having tea during summer. Although it’s quite natural to have chilled tea in the form of Iced tea during summer, there is a strong logic behind people having hot tea during this hot season. Let’s check it out.
Hot tea during summer
There are many countries especially, the Asian countries where people drink hot tea during boiling summer days. Although it will look crazy to you, there is this very strong logic behind this. Be it traditional Chinese medicine or Indian Ayurveda, they both speak about the tattva or active properties of tea. As per Chinese medicine, your stomach is considered as ‘yang’ organ which has hot properties. Also, according to Ayurveda, the stomach produces jatharagni (internal fire of stomach which is responsible for hunger and digestion). It takes care of your metabolism and energy and helps in digesting your food to absorb the nutrients for the whole body. On the other hand, water is considered as ‘yin’ i.e. having cold properties by nature.
Now if you’ll add cold water to your body, the jatharagni will get weaker and thus our digestion process will get affected.
Drinking hot tea during summer will help you in improving the internal fire (jatharagni) and hence will help in better digestion. Also, on having hot tea, you’ll sweat more and hence there will be more evaporation process, eventually, making you feel cold. Thus, having hot tea during summer helps you to maintain optimum body temperature.
Taking this topic further, let’s see what are the most popular ways to have tea in summer. We have handpicked few really amazing tea recipes for you which are not only easy to make but also provide superb health benefits. You can try them out and decide which one is your favorite this summer.
Hot tea recipes
1. The simplest Black — Black tea
Which is the easiest and the most classical tea to make and enjoy? It’s simply the Black tea. It’s strong and tangy in flavor and can be made within no time. Just boil one cup of water and let it settle for about 2 minutes. Pour it over one teaspoon of Black tea (loose or one teabag). Let it steep for about 3 minutes, strain, and your classic Black tea is ready. It’s recommended to not add sugar or milk to it to enjoy its real taste and get the best benefits.
2. The simplest Green — Green tea
Rich in health benefits, Green tea is one of the most popular beverages nowadays. To prepare a nutrition-filled cup of Green tea, simply boil one cup of water and let it stand for 3 minutes. Then pour the hot water over one Green tea bag and allow it to steep for about 3 minutes. Remove the tea bag and your perfect cup of Green tea is ready to enjoy. In summer, it can be a great option to get a quick boost of activeness.
3. All-Time favorite — Lemon tea
Lemon tea is one of the most favorite teas when it comes to great taste. It’s full of nutrients and has a distinct tangy flavor which makes it quite popular during summer. To prepare a cup of lemon tea just add one tablespoon Black tea to one cup of boiling water. Let it simmer for one minute. Remove it from the heat and add one teaspoon lemon juice. Your lemon tea is ready. You can add honey or sugar for the taste.
4. The Flavour of the India — Masala tea
The most popular drink of entire Indian subcontinent, this masala tea is full of nutrients. Prepared by adding traditional spices, it provides many health benefits. Here is the recipe. Take one cup of water in a pan and add one teaspoon of Black tea, sugar as per your taste, a pinch of cardamom, a pinch of black pepper, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of clove, few crushed basil leaves, and a little piece of ginger in the crushed form. Boil it till its color gets changed and you can get the aroma of all the spices coming out along with the vapors. Your tea is ready to serve. If required, you can add milk to it.
5. The royal one — Cardamom tea
With its intense flavor and fragrance, cardamom tea is one of the most preferred tea among people all over the world. The unique properties of cardamom help in providing a cooling effect to your throat. It is very easy to prepare. Just add crushed seeds of 2 cardamoms, a tablespoon of Black tea and honey/sugar for taste to one cup of boiled water. Let it get mixed for about 2 minutes. Strain and serve hot.
For a change, to chill in the hot summer, here we are bringing to you few very refreshing cold tea (Iced tea) recipes exclusively picked for you.
Cold tea recipes
1. The classic — Lemon Iced tea
This is the most popular Iced tea all over the world and widely available at all the restaurants/offices, etc. Here is the recipe for this tea so that you can prepare it at your home and enjoy it. Fill one glass with ice cubes and add 2 tablespoon of sugar syrup, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and few mint leaves. Pour one cup of Black tea (prepared by adding 1 tablespoon of Black tea in a cup of boiled water) in the glass and stir gently. Your lemon Iced tea is ready. You can decorate it with a lemon slice and mint leaves.
2. The twister — Peach Iced tea
One refreshing glass of peach Iced tea can make you forget the heat of summer. To prepare peach Iced tea, follow this recipe. Boil one cup sugar and two ripe peaches (thinly sliced) in one cup of water. Lower the heat and crush the peach slices and then mix well. Remove from heat and let it steep for half an hour. Meanwhile, brew 2-3 teaspoon of Black tea leaves in about 8 cups of water. Let it steep for about 4-5 minutes. Strain it and refrigerate it in a pitcher. Now strain the peach syrup with a fine mesh strainer in a bottle. Now to prepare the peach ice tea, just add both these materials and add ice to it. You’ll get about 10 servings from it.
3. The cold brewed — Blackberry basil Iced tea
This is a unique recipe because the tea is cold brewed in it. To make this drink, just pour one and a half cup of water in a jar. Add one Black tea bag, 150 grams of blackberries and 3-4 basil leaves to this. Cover and refrigerate it for 12 to 24 hours. Take out and remove tea bag and add liquid sweetener for the taste. Your amazing blackberry basil Iced tea is ready to serve.
4. A kid’s favorite — Mango Iced tea
What can be a better way to enjoy your favorite mangoes with the goodness of tea. Here is the recipe for this delicious drink. Boil 500 ml of water in a pan and add 2 teabags of Black tea to this and let it boil for 2-5 minutes. Now remove the teabags and keep it in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, take out the pulp from one big ripe mango and blend it. Add this paste to the refrigerated tea along with 1 lemon cut into thin slices. Pour this tea into a glass and add honey/sugar for the taste. You can add ice cubes and mint leaves to this. Serve chilled.
5. Tea with a punch — Raspberry Iced tea
Raspberries are full of nutrients and when mixed with tea, they become a perfect combination of delicious taste with health benefits. Here is the recipe. Boil 500 ml of water in a pot and add 2 tea bags of Black tea, 1 cup fresh raspberries, and half cup sugar to it. Boil till the sugar gets disappeared. Let the mixture steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the teabags and add a half cup of lemonade powder to it. Stir it well and add ice cubes. Serve it chilled.
This summer, try any of the given recipes, to chill out. You can try out each of them and decide which one is your cup of tea. Or you can choose the one you love and experiment with it. Sip it at the beach or enjoy it sitting on your balcony. The tea is all yours.
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Don’t forget to share which is the best tea to drink in summer out of all these. Happy drinking to you! Of course, tea 😉
Further reading: Tips on brewing the perfect cuppa tea
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