I’ve had this post ready for a while now, but where I live, it’s been an unusually rainy and overcast summer and so we haven’t had the scorching temps that we usually have (my apologies to those of you who have experienced that extreme heat). But it’s still plenty warm, so keeping cool can be as close as your teapot or pitcher.
It’s hard for me to drink hot tea in the summer unless I’m in a chilly office or home, so iced is the way to go. When that’s not practical, I find that even if I can just cool it down to lukewarm, I can swing it — just as long as it’s not hot enough to heat ME up.
Some of the ones I’m enjoying this summer:
Strawberry Kiwi from the Georgia Tea Company. This offers a nice punch of flavor. I add some of their Pai Mu Tan white tea leaves to the infuser; it ups the antioxidant power of the tea and doesn’t affect its flavor. It’s a good one for kids as they like its fruity flavor and cheery red hue. Kind of like Kool-Aid but way more healthful for them. One thing I love about this company is that they sell samples of their tea, so you can try a number of different varieties without breaking the bank.
Green Mango Peach from Tea Forte. I enjoy this tea equally well hot and iced and have been drinking it now for close to a year. My DH seems to be quite fond of this, so I make it often to try to get more green tea in his diet. During the summer, I’ve been brewing 12 to 16 ounces in the evening and letting it chill overnight. Then he can take it in a big travel mug and drink it on his commute to work.
Ultimate Green from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. This lightly citrus green tea also contains matcha and white tea, giving it an extra antioxidant boost. Its taste is fairly subtle, so one of these days I think I’ll experiment and mix it with something compatible that has a bigger pop of flavor.
Moroccan Mint from the Georgia Tea Company. I’ve been grooving on this green for some time now. It’s perfect for an after-dinner drink, especially if you’ve indulged a bit too much at the table. And it’s quite lovely iced, very refreshing and satisfying. It makes for a nice change from mint black tea and has less caffeine and more antioxidants.
I also have some of this company’s Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls green tea and think I might try pairing the two. After all, Jo Malone’s White Jasmine and Mint cologne is such a lovely blend, so why not tea?
What are your favorite summertime teas?