(ARA) - The hot days of summer and even early fall can leave you parched for a refreshing drink. Sure, water is a great hydrator, but there are times when you thirst for a different taste and maybe a little caffeine to give your energy levels a boost.
In the southern states, sweet tea is an item on just about every restaurant menu. And unsweetened iced tea is a popular summery drink across the United States.
Traditionally, teas are always prepared by steeping teabags with hot boiled water to increase the aroma. But cold-brewing tea can bring more of the essence out of the tea leaves.
By cold brewing tea leaves, the resulting drink not only can quench thirst and eliminate grease from your system, but also retains the caffeine and tannic acid found in the tea leaves.
Cold water brings out the amino acid (sweetness) from the tea leaves, and eliminates the chance of the tea being over-steeped and bitter which can happen when bags are prepared with hot water. Cold-brewed tea emphasizes the idea of sweet tea but with no added sugar.
Because caffeine is stored within the leaves, cold-brewed teas do not stimulate the secretion of stomach acid; therefore, people with sensitive stomachs can also enjoy the taste of tea.
Natural tea can help you reduce body fat and increase your metabolism rate. Studies have shown that Oolong tea leaves contain rich amino acids and cellulose, which lower cholesterol and boost metabolism. Green tea leaves contain vitamins C and E, as well as high fiber. And black tea leaves help with digestion. Having a glass of cold-brewed tea - without sugar or cream - after each meal will help you to slowly dissolve fat in your body. Look for cold-brewed tea bags through Teawan, and also browse the quality tea products.
If you're new to making cold-brewed tea, try these tips for your next refreshing drink.
1. Use purified water or premium natural mineral water for the best taste.
2. Use a bottle with a wide opening and sealable lid for storing the tea. Put the cold-brewed teabag in the middle of the container and hang the tag over the edge for easy teabag removal. Pour in cool or cold water until the container is full.
3. Let the tea brew. If you used warm water, steep the bag for one to four hours. If you used cold water, let the tea steep between four to 12 hours.
4. Once steeped, keep the container in the refrigerator or at room temperature, depending on how you prefer your tea.
The next time you head outside into the hot sun, don't forget to carry along your container of iced tea for a refreshing and healthy drink to help keep you cool during your activities.
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