Iced green tea can be one of the best drinks for the summer. Not only will you incorporate the magnificent properties of this drink, but also its cooling effect is perfect to combat the heat that will keep you hydrated and enjoy its astringency and mild bitterness, perfect to counteract the summer heat.
The green tea is a perfect choice for health because it has antioxidant properties and is good for weight loss and so many other things. In addition, this infusion can be taken in very different ways.
When summer arrives and we are in precisely the hottest days of the year it is always delicious to enjoy delicious iced tea that, naturally and in a completely healthy way, help us to freshen up without adding calories to our diet.
Whether you want to refresh yourself in the summer or warm up in the winter, it seems that green tea is packed with antioxidants that help boost your immune system. You can reap the benefits of green tea whether you like cold or hot, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you start drinking it.
Both the green tea in the tea bag and the bottle of iced tea actually come from the leaves of the plant found mostly in Asia. These leaves are less elaborate than black making them the richest sources of antioxidants. They can also increase your metabolism and, possibly, help in weight loss.
Some brands of iced green tea have as much as 53 g of sugar in a 600 ml bottle. It is also worth mentioning that adding milk to tea, which is done more often in hot tea than in cold, can alter the ability of antioxidants to function properly.
Although these natural refreshing drinks can be made with a great diversity of plants in the form of cold infusions, it is also possible to prepare them with wonderful teas. There are different delicious recipes made with green tea, but these drinks are characterized precisely because they are hot infusions (ideal mostly for cooler times of the year).
This time we propose an ice green tea recipe made with a hint of lemon and peppermint leaves that could become your ideal drink for summer.
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories per serving: 125 calories per 100 gms
2 cups boiling water
4 tsp green tea leaves
1 cup cold water
1 cup grape juice
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp lime juice
In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, and ginger. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Then add the tea, let stand covered for 3 minutes. Strain and discard the tea and ginger.
Stir in 2 cups cold water, grape juice, lime juice, peppermint, and sweetener. Serve over ice or let tea come to room temperature then serve over ice.