Iced Tea season is here! All summer, Tea Sparrow will be sending you teas that are great hot, but especially delicious iced. Here are some quick instructions on two different ways to make iced tea. The quick way: After you’ve brewed your tea, add sweetener if desired. Allow tea to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Fill a tall glass with ice and slowly pour tea over ice. Continue to add ice until the cubes maintain their shape without melting and fill the glass.
Alternatively, if you have time: Brew the tea hot as normal and then leave it covered in the fridge overnight. Check out our inserts and blog all summer long for cocktail recipes to try!
Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family.
Description: The taste of currant-strawberry-vanilla. A new favorite with the Tea Sparrow family.
Ingredients: Bamboo leaves, pineapple bits, lemongrass, black currant leaves, flavour, marigold blossoms, mallow blossoms, red currants, strawberry slices.
Health Benefits: Researches shows that, bamboo leaves contain many effective ingredients such as flavone, phenolic acid, anthracene quinone, lactone, amylose, amino acid and trace elements, which have effects on anti-free-radicals, anti-oxidation, anti-aging, anti-fatigue, and anti-cancer, preventing cardio-cerebro-vascular diseases, protecting the liver, widening capillary vessels, smoothing micro-circulation, vitalizing the brain, improving memory and sleep, and improving the texture of skin. Top that!
Michael, “An alchemist’s blend. Pure genius. The strawberry pieces put the perfect finishing touch to this tea.”
Flap Jack Oolong
Description: Remember that excitement of waking up to fresh-made pancakes smothered in maple syrup? Bring back that childlike enjoyment with a nostalgic maple aroma of full-flavored oolong leaves, blended with fresh picked walnuts straight from California.
Ingredients: Oolong tea, walnut pieces and maple syrup.
Health Benefits: This tea, known in China as ‘black dragon tea,’ boasts many health benefits such as maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, aiding in weight loss, maintaining healthy teeth and bones, as well as reducing stress and promoting healthy skin.
Zeta, “It’s the perfect match to a strong oolong. Mmm…love it.”
Mandarin Rose Tea
Description: Mandarin Rose boasts a garden of aromatic, candy-pink petals and rich black China tea leaves that result in a delicate wine essence with hints of chocolate and rose. This exotic Mighty Leaf signature blend offers a fragrant and visually memorable experience.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Longan Fruit and Rose Petals.
Health Benefits: Most people don’t realize black tea comes with many of the similar health benefits as green tea, including reduced risk of stroke and heart disease, among many others. As well, black tea is said to increase energy, aid in digestive health and to promote healthy skin and hair. Black tea’s tannins are also great immunity-boosters.
Darcy, “The rose comes through perfect. A heavenly iced tea.”
Description: The organic rooibos is beautifully spiced with whole ingredients to make sweet spicy uplifting cup of chai.
Ingredients: Organic Rooibos, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, red peppercorns, vanilla bits and cornflower blossoms.
Health Benefits: This incredibly flavoured caffeine-free tea is growing quickly in popularity but did you know that it also contains high amounts of antioxidants? Although the antioxidants found in rooibos tea are different from those in green tea, they are still known to fight off free radicals in the body. Rooibos tea is also known to fight off cardiovascular disease, liver disease and lower blood pressure.
Darcy, “I’m not sure what makes this Thai, but it’s really amazing chai.”