Should You Try a Tea Cleanse?

By July 18, 2016 Brewing Tea

Trends come and go, especially when it comes to diets and cleansing. And one of the most talked about diet cleanses in the last few years is the tea cleanse.

Is it real? Is it safe?

Some plans are very strict and some aren’t, but the truth is you don’t need to replace all your meals with tea to “cleanse” your body (which starves your body of essential nutrients). Instead, try adding your favorite tea to your daily routine and start moving your way to better health and wellness in no time.

We’ll show you how with our tasty, “cleansing” tea ice cubes.

Should you try a tea cleanse?

The Power of Tea

The benefits of tea are numerous. Not only is it delicious and relaxing, but tea has also been associated with elevating mood, reducing brain fog, and even having protective measures against heart disease and some forms of cancer.

Experts warn that tea alone cannot detox or cleanse your body. So, instead, use tea to support your body’s own detoxification process — specifically, with all the wonderful antioxidants found in tea. These antioxidants can potentially help reduce inflammation and mop up free radicals that cause premature aging.

What’s not to love?

Cleansing Teas

There’s a simpler and healthier way boost your natural cleansing abilities: Simply add these “cleansing” ice cubes to your water or ice tea and rev up your health all day long.

What you need:

  • 4 ounces of Jasmine Pearl green tea
  • 4 ounces of Yerba Mate tea
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger peeled and sliced thin
  • ½ teaspoon crushed then chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ teaspoon thinly sliced lemongrass
  • Ice cube tray
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Freezer safe, airtight container

How to make these cleansing cubes:

Pour hot purified (or spring) water over the green tea and the yerba mate tea. Allow to steep 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Discard tea bags or strain. Pour both teas into a liquid measuring cup for easy pouring. Carefully, pour the tea into the ice tray. Add slices of ginger, lemongrass, and chopped mint into each cube of the container. Allow to freeze completely.

Once frozen, remove the cubes and store in an airtight container. Transfer the container to your freezer. During the day, take out several ice cubes to give your water or ice tea some additional flavor.

Tips, Tricks And Substitutions

Make several trays of ice cubes at once or, if you have limited freezer space, go ahead and make more as soon as you transfer your ice to your container. This ensures that you have a small stock and never run out of your “cleansing” tea ice cubes.

If ginger is too spicy for you, add 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder instead and divide this up between the ice cube sections. Turmeric is commonly believed to reduce inflammation and help the liver, which could support your body’s cleansing ability.

Live healthy with a sensible diet and sip your tea and you’ll live long enough to tell your grandkids all about it!

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The Best Teas To Make For Your BBQ

By July 15, 2016 Cocktails, Mocktails & More

Is there anything better about the summer months than a great barbecue? We don’t think so! As the weather heats up, so does your grill. And friends start coming together to catch up, laugh, and have some outdoor fun.

Tea Drinks for BBQ

And what would make your BBQ better? Adding some refreshing drinks that are both tasty and healthy!

Serve your friends heat-busting drinks that are bursting with flavor and loaded with delicious fruits and herbs. Here are some of the best teas to pick the next time you fire up the grill. (And feel free to create your own blend from the tips you learn.) Your guests will be happy you did.

Raspberry Fizz Tea

The Raspberry Fizz Tea is a light, refreshing pink fizzy drink that is full of flavor and antioxidants. Bonus: It’s also calorie friendly!  

  • 3 teaspoons of organic Dragonwell Green Tea or Jasmine Ancient Beauty Oolong Tea
  • 4 cups of room temperature spring or purified water
  • 1 quart size canning jar with lid
  • 2 cups chilled organic cranberry and raspberry juice sweetened with fruit.
  • 3 cups chilled no-sugar, raspberry-flavored sparkling water
  • Pitcher
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh lime, sliced
  • Fresh mint

This tea needs to be cold brewed. Take 3 teaspoons of your tea and add to a quart jar. Add in 4 cups of room temperature water to the jar. Stir well. Add the lid and give it a shake. Place the jar in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. Once the tea is brewed, strain out the tea leaves and discard.

In a glass pitcher, add 4 cups of tea, 2 cups of the juice and flavored sparkling water. Stir and add the raspberries, lime slices, and mint leaves.

Serve in glasses with ice, a couple of raspberries and mint leaves.

Green Watermelon Ice Tea

This is a beautiful, invigorating tea that is sure to impress at your next BBQ. It’s also one of the most hydrating teas, which is perfect for really hot summer days.

  • 6 cups of chilled blended watermelon
  • 3 cups of spring or purified water
  • 4 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea
  • Small whisk
  • 1 lime sliced
  • Mint leaves
  • Agave or Raw honey as sweetener

Whisk the matcha green tea and water together. Add a touch of sweetener if desired and whisk again. Fill short glasses with ice and pour about 1” of blended watermelon into each glass first.

Carefully pour the matcha on top of the blended watermelon in the glass. You don’t want them to mix. Top off with a small amount more of carefully poured blended watermelon. Add a few mint leaves on top and garnish the glass with lime slices.

Tips, Tricks, And Substitutions

Make sure that carbonated water or other fizzy options are chilled. Cold temperatures will help your drinks stay bubbly the longest.

When using watermelon, buy seedless or de-seed before blending. You can also substitute agave syrup with raw honey or even Grade B maple syrup.

These teas will help everyone stay hydrated and happy. You probably didn’t think you could add so much flavor to your BBQ, but with these drinks, this season’s party will be your absolute best! Enjoy!

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Should You Mix Different Teas Together?

By July 13, 2016 Brewing Tea

There’s nothing like relaxing and sipping your favorite tea. Heck, with so many varieties, you will never get bored of it! And not only does it taste amazing, but it can also provide a host of health benefits because of its powerful chemicals known as polyphenols and phytochemicals. (And you thought you were just enjoying a delicious drink, huh?)

Thus, if drinking tea is good for you, you might assume you can gain all of these benefits (and more) by combine different teas and creating new flavors.

But that’s where some of the issues can come up. If you want to be your own tea mixologist, read on and understand how combining teas work.  

Should You Mix Teas Together?

How It Affects Flavor

All teas are not created equal. Different types of teas often should be brewed at different temperatures and for different times.

For example, black tea should be brewed at 206 degrees for 3 – 5 minutes. This ensures you get the optimal flavor, without the water actually burning the tea. Similarly, herbal blends should typically be brewed at the same temperature of 206 degrees Fahrenheit, but for 5 – 7 minutes; this lets you draw out the full array of flavors.

But… if a black tea was brewed for this long, it would be burned and taste bitter.

Also, it gets tricky when you add green teas because they should be brewed at a lower 180 degrees for only 2 – 3 minutes.

If you exceed the burning point of a tea, you’ll burn it and release a harsh and bitter flavor. Also, if you brew it for too long, you’ll create intense, dark, and overbearing flavors. Conversely, if you use a temperature that’s too low, you won’t give your tea enough heat to extract all the flavor notes.

The result might be a disappointing experience with bitter or bland profiles.

Should You Mix Teas Together?

How It Affects Health Benefits

Believe it or not, there are similar issues with mixing teas on the health benefits.

If you follow optimal brewing times and temperatures, you’ll allow phytochemicals and polyphenols to flow from the leaves to the water. If the water is too hot, however, you might damage these properties, diminishing the associated health improvements. On the other hand, if you don’t brew long enough, you won’t give these chemicals enough time to move into your water.

Consider these effects the next time you mix your teas — not only will you get the maximum health benefits and taste, but you’ll also match the right teas if you do want to combine flavors. Enjoy!

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