If you are cold, green tea will warm you; If you are hot, iced green tea will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.

Iced Green Tea

Planning The Garden For Summer Iced Green Tea Enjoyment

Now that Spring is slowly arriving on the east coast, my thoughts inevitably turn to this summers garden.  Specifically what herbs and vegetables i will be growing this season. Whatever I choose, there are a few staples I always plant because they are integral to my summer green tea sipping experience. There are three plants that always make it into a sunny spot in my garden.  They are Mint, Lavender and Pineapple Sage. A couple fresh leaves muddled into a glass of iced green tea adds instant natural flavor to any glass. Lets take a look at each of these flavor enhancers. Mint (Mentha) Mint is a perennial all-star of iced tea flavors.  It is bold and easy to grow.  Some say too easy in fact.  Mint can get very aggressive, spreading by underground runners and before you know it, mint can take over a garden.  I suggest planting it in [...]


A Natural Way To Make Fruit Flavored Iced Green Tea

One of my favorite ways to add flavor to my iced green tea is to infuse it with natural fruit flavors.  Sure you could use fruit juice and all the added sugar and calories that come with it.  But why would you.  Also, using fruit juice can easily overpower the natural flavors of the green tea. So how do I add fruit flavors to my tea?  I use a Prodyne Fruit Infusion 93-Ounce Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher to infuse my green tea with all sorts of fruit flavors. A fruit infusion pitcher is a pitcher (duh!) with a removable cylinder inside the middle of it.  The cylinder has lots of holes in it.  You fill the cylinder up with the fruit of your choice, and insert it into the pitcher after you fill the pitcher with iced tea.  Note: use cooled iced tea unless you want to cook your fruit. [...]


What To Do If You Do Not Like Green Tea?

Almost everyone has heard of the great health benefits of consuming green tea.  Believe it or not, a large number of those people do not like the taste of green tea.  So one question I get asked a lot is: What can I do to incorporate green tea into my diet if i do not like the taste of green tea? Fortunately there are a number of methods to consume green tea without actually tasting the green tea.  I will outline two solutions below. 1) Make regular (or black) iced tea at a ratio of five to 1 If you do not like the taste of iced green tea, hopefully you do like black iced tea.  Black iced tea is the standard iced tea most people are familiar with.  It is a strong flavor, much stronger than green tea. The strength of the flavor of black iced tea makes it [...]


Two Tips To Increase Iced Green Tea Health Benefits

We have all heard by now that green tea is good for you.  Green tea is thought to have a multitude of health benefits.  The health benefits of green tea come from flavonoids, including catechins. The most abundant catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is thought to play a major  role in the anticancer and antioxidant effects effects of green tea. A properly brewed cup of green tea will give many health benefits. There are two things that you can do to increase those health benefits slightly, and if done over time, increase the overall benefit greatly. The first has to do with how you brew or steep your green tea.  Studies have shown, that if the green tea leaves are agitated during steeping they tend to release more good stuff into the water.  I don’t think we are talking about mixing, shaking or whisking the leaves here, [...]


How I Sweeten Iced Green Tea

You would not think that the question of how to sweeten iced tea would take a whole post to answer.  The truth is there are many ways to sweeten your tea.  You could add sugar, artificial sweetener or natural sweeteners like honey. The purpose of this post is to tell you how I sweeten my iced green tea because i think I have found a easy, calorie reduced and economical way to do it. The most difficult thing about sweetening iced tea is that it is cold.  Whatever you put in it does not dissolve easily without sometimes herculean effort.  A spoonful of sugar can take minutes of stirring before it is dissolved. What I do is make a jar of simple syrup and add a spoonful to my glass of iced tea. What is simple syrup?  It is a fancy word for sugar water.  To make simple syrup, you [...]


Review Thermos Nissan 18-Ounce Stainless-Steel Hydration Bottle

Sometimes a product comes along that makes my enjoyment of icedt tea that much more enjoyable.  It is not often.  Most products for brewing or enjoying tea are nothing more than unnecessary kitchen cloggers.  The Thermos Nissan 18-Ounce Stainless-Steel Hydration Bottle is the exception. I have two of these and to illustrate the usefulness let me tell you what I do with one of them every work day. In the morning around 8:00 a.m. I fill it with five or six ice cubes and iced green tea.  I take it on my 30 minute commute to work and drink about half.  I leave it in my car and re-visit it at 5:00 p.m. for my ride home.  After all that time in my car, the ice is still there and the green tea is still cold. In addition to its ability to keep iced green tea cold for many hours, it [...]


Can You Eat Green Tea Leaves?

I drink a lot of green tea for two reasons.  First it is delicious and second it is good for you.  So when I came across the Website, EatGreenTea.com, I was intrigued to find out that they claim that eating just 1 teaspoon of their edible organic green tea leaves is equivalent to drinking 30 cups of brewed tea. A lot of research has been done on the benefits of drinking green tea.  Generally most articles recommend three to five cups a day to reap not only the health benefits of green tea but also the weight loss benefits. So the question is, if drinking green tea is good for you is it better to eat green tea? The process of steeping green tea in water releases the catechins from the leaves.  It does not however release them all.  If you re-steep each leaf three time, you will likely get [...]


Iced Green Tea Half And Half Recipe

I love green tea.  Most of the time it is what I drink cold on long hot summer days and warm in the winter.  Every once in a while I get a hankering for something a little sweeter and that is why I always have a couple quarts of green tea half and half in my refrigerator. I make my half and half with two ingredients.  I use Yamamotoyama Sencha Green Tea bags to brew the green tea and Crystal Light Pure Lemonade mix for the lemonade portion of my half and half. My half and half has evolved over the years and it is not truly half and half, in fact it is more like 3/4 iced green tea and 1/4 lemonade. Here is what I do. Fill a 3 quart contained with filtered water. Pour about 1/4 of the container into another container/glass/bowl. Heat the remaining water on [...]


Temperature Is So Important When Brewing Green Tea

If you pick up a box of Lipton Black Tea, you will see instructions to steep (brew) the tea in boiling water for four to five minutes.  This is perfectly fine since it is a black tea.  Green tea is another story. Green tea leaves are more delicate than black tea leaves.  Though they are the same leaf, black tea undergoes more oxidation making them hardier.  Green tea is not subjected to as much oxidation and is a much more delicate leaf retaining all the antioxidants and catechins. Because of the nature of green tea leaves,brewing temperature is very important.  Too low of a temperature will give you a very weak green colored tea water.  This is not specific to green tea, tea leaves need heat too steep and it does not mater what tea is is. Too hot of a temperature and you will find the green tea to [...]


Our Review Of The Twinnings K-Cup Green Tea

You would not normally think of a K-Cup green tea as a method to prepare iced green tea, however in a pinch, I have done so many times.  Just throw a green tea K-Cup into the Keurig and in a minute you have a hot cup of green tea.  Let it cool a little and pour over ice for fast iced tea. Since I keep some K-Cup green tea handy and since I have tried many, here is a review of one of my favorites.  Favorite green tea K-Cups I should point out, since on the whole, I do not love green tea from a K-Cup and my list of all time favorite green teas does not have a single K-Cup on it. With that said, on to the review of the Twinnings K-Cup Green Tea for the Keurig brewer. I am going to start the review with the positives.  [...]


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