May 19, 2017
Iced tea is a popular beverage in the summer, but the problem with many bottled iced teas is that it is often loaded with sugar and made with inferior teas. Making your own iced teas is a better and more cost effective option for controlling the type of tea and sugar.
While there are many iced teas to choose from, some stand out. And we have a recommendation for iced tea which surpasses our expectations.
What if you can have an iced tea that is:
- Is all natural with no artificial flavors or preservatives
- 100% USDA organic.
- Contains vitamins, minerals and other beneficial ingredients
And best of all - tastes AMAZING.
We think we might have found one of our Top 10 iced tea blends - and that tea is Citra-Zest with turmeric.
Even though we consider this a turmeric tea, honestly - if you were to blind taste test this tea you probably wouldn't know it contained turmeric even though it is the 3rd ingredient. Some people might think turmeric will make the tea taste like a spicy Indian dish. However, this is not the case with this tea because of the expertly balanced combinations of ingredients and flavors.
The first thing you will notice is the bold RED color. The reason for this is the combination of two vitamin C powerhouses - Hibiscus and Rosehip. Because Hibiscus is the #1 ingredient in this blend, we could call it a Hibiscus tea and get away with it. Hibiscus, besides the brilliant ruby red color, also has numerous health benefit, the most popular of which is controlling blood pressure.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and drinking turmeric tea is a great and delicious way to get this beneficial ingredient. We recommend drinking this tea with a healthy meal - lunch or dinner - and make sure you season your meal with a little black pepper (if it hasn't been already seasoned) for optimal absorption.
This is a naturally caffeine free beverage. Now what about icing it?
You can use a few different methods...
1 - Place some in a tea bag and steep, but use about half the water you would normally use. Then pour over ice
2 - Use a dedicated ice tea brewer for larger quantities. We would probably go with hot steeping versus cold steeping because of the herbal nature of this tea.
3 - You can even steep the tea in a french press to make your concentrate!
This tea will have a little tartness. In the Caribbean a popular beverage is 'Jamaican Red Tea' which is simply iced hibiscus. We tried it and at first, it was too tart - but after a while we learned to like it straight up. While this tea wont be as intense, there is a tart hibiscus undertone.
You can add a little lemonade, splash of simple syrup or honey to sweeten, but you won't need a lot. The manner of which this tea is flavored, we wouldn't recommend more than a tea spoon of sugar per 16 ounces, which is around 4 grams of sugar. We looked at a popular iced tea beverage and found it has 40 grams of sugar, more than a 12 ounce can of coke!