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Is drinking Hibiscus tea good for your health?

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You’ve probably read online some  vague comments like “studies prove a positive link between hibiscus consumption and reducing cholesterol”. The jury is still out on the claims that drinking hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and even kill intestinal worms. There is some evidence to suggest the hibiscus is a mild laxative and in some parts of Africa, people drink hibiscus tea to lower their body temperature (living in Asia, we’re familiar with the idea that eating some fruits such as lychees can make us feel hotter).

What can be said with confidence is that hibiscus is caffeine-free and virtually calorie-free. It tastes especially delicious with strawberries, which are in season in Hanoi right now.

How to make Moroccan Mint Iced Tea

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Mint is nice & cheap at the market this month, so take advantage of it & brew your own iced tea:

Ingredients:

5 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon green tea

2 small bunches mint

1/3 cup sugar

Put tea and hot water in a pitcher and steep for 3 minutes, then discard the tea leaves. Add mint & sugar. Steep for another 4 minutes & strain. Refrigerate & serve with ice

Summer Lemon & Lime Iced tea

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp black loose leaf tea
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime + more for garnish
  • 1 can club soda (unflavoured sparkling water)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Turn off heat, add tea leaves, stir and let steep while cooling down completely or until lukewarm.
  2. Transfer tea to a large pitcher by laddling it through a mesh strainer, discard the tea leaves. Add maple syrup, squeeze lemon and lime juice, add the peels  to the pitcher, stir with a long wooden spoon and let tea sit for 10 minutes. Discard the citrus skins otherwise iced tea will be bitter tasting.
  3. Now you can store your iced tea covered with plastic wrap or lid in a fridge for quite a few days. Right before serving add ice and a can of club soda to a pitcher, stir and enjoy the best sparkling healthy iced tea (garnish with thin lime slices if desired). Tea tastes amazing without club soda too, adjust sweetness to taste.

Strawberry Iced Tea

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1 kg fresh strawberries

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

2 lemons

3 tablespoons fresh rosemary

Ice cubes

1 litre club soda

In a large saucepan combine fresh or frozen strawberries, brown sugar, and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove strips of peel from lemons; juice the lemons (should have 1/2 cup). Add strips of lemon peel, lemon juice, and rosemary to mixture in saucepan. Bring mixture just to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cover; cool to room temperature.

Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve; discard solids. To serve, fill glass with ice. To each glass add 1/2 cup Iced Tea and syrup to taste (about 1/2 cup). Garnish with fresh strawberries. Makes about eight servings.

5 Hacks to help you make the best iced tea on the planet

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  1. Use enough tea bags: You’ll need 2 tea bags for every 3 cups of iced tea. Any less and your tea will be tasteless. We recommend using strong tea as well – Darjeeling or Jasmine


     2. Don’t oversteep: If you prefer your tea stronger, use more tea bags rather than lengthening the steeping time. If you leave the tea bags to brew for too long, your iced tea will acquire a bitter taste.


    3. Add sugar to hot water: Dissolve sugar in boiling hot water first, then add it to your iced tea mix.

    4. Cool before refrigerating: Putting hot tea into a cold fridge will make your tea cloudy. Allow your tea to cool before you refrigerate.  

   5. Keep it real: Don’t use artificial lemon juice. Only use real fresh squeezed lemon juice from fresh lemons for the very best flavour.     

Chai Iced Tea

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Here’s our favorite recipe for Chai Iced Tea:

2 cloves

4 tea bags(such as Darjeeling or orange pekoe)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 cinnamon stick

2 ginger root

2 cardamom pods, broken

1/4 teaspoon aniseed

In large heatproof measure or bowl, steep tea bags in 8 cups (2 L) boiling water for 4 minutes. Discard tea bags.

Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, aniseed and 1 cup (250 mL) water to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until clear and spices infuse, about 5 minutes. Add to tea; let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve into pitcher. Serve with ice cubes.

Makes 8 cups