There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a refreshing glass of iced tea. Celebrate National Iced Tea Month this June with a tasty beverage to beat the heat and feel the waves of relaxation wash over you.
Health Benefits of Tea
Yes, it’s delicious, but research has shown that there really are health benefits to sipping tea. According to the Tea Council of the USA, more than 8 in 10 (82%) Americans drink tea for its health benefits, compared to 71% of coffee drinkers. See the “Drink to your Health” brochure from the Tea Council for more on how tea can improve cardiovascular health, increase metabolism, improve mood and mental clarity, and possibly even help reduce the risk of cancer.
Picking Your Tea
Almost every tea can be be enjoyed cold, whether it’s marked as iced tea or not. You can even save that morning cup of tea that went cold when you got distracted by Facebook, throw some ice into it, and enjoy it after the fact.
Here are some St. Peter Food Co-op iced tea favorites—you can find these loose-leaf tea selections and more from Roseville, MN-based TeaSource in our bulk section:
Cucumber Lime Oolong
Smooth, sweet, and spring-like. This tea is delicious when brewed hot and even better when poured over ice; the sweet tartness of the lime jumps out. Contains: Chinese oolong tea, freeze-dried cucumber, and natural flavor.
This caffeine-free herbal tea is full-bodied with a sweet tanginess from the lemongrass and raspberries. Contains: organic rooibos, hibiscus, lemongrass, natural flavor, and freeze-dried raspberries.
It’s the perfect fishing buddy: sweet and silent. This black tea blend tastes like oranges with a floral touch and pairs nicely with a cabin at the lake. Contains: Chinese black tea, jasmine green tea, flavor, lemongrass, rose petals, and cornflower.
On the lookout for a weekend iced tea that packs a little more punch? Mix up a batch of Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea for your next night of grilling.