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Iced Tea Recipes

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It’s a question that we get a lot around here (especially this time of year)…

Can Wu-Long Tea be enjoyed as iced tea?

The answer is yes!

Whether you like it hot or cold, you can still get all of the amazing benefits of our tea.

In the spirit of delicious summertime drinks, here are a few oolong iced tea recipes to get you inspired…

Oolong-Cinnamon Iced Tea

(Stolen straight from a Dr. Oz list of metabolism boosting iced teas)

Oolong has a catechin and caffeine combination that ignites your body’s fat-burning furnace, and your metabolism is raised for up to 2 hours after drinking it. The cinnamon has properties that help your body use sugar more efficiently.

Ingredients:

4 cinnamon sticks
4 tbsp loose oolong tea or 12 oolong tea bags
3 cups water

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and cinnamon soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill. Then enjoy!

Oolong Lemonade Tea:

Ingredients:

6 cups water
6 oolong tea bags
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons stevia (to your desired sweetness)

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea bags steep in the hot water for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Cool in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Serve over ice.

Peach Oolong Tea:

Ingredients:

6 cups water
4 oolong tea bags
2 ripe peaches, peeled and diced
Stevia, to taste

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and steep the tea bags in the hot water for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and chill tea in the refrigerator 1-2 hours. Meanwhile, add the peach chunks to a food processor and blend until smooth. When the tea is chilled, add the peach puree and stevia and stir until mixed.

Serve over ice with a slice of peach or some mint as a garnish.

Comments

  1. WAC commented:

    Love these ideas for summer! Thank you! :)

  2. Becca commented:

    How much additional water should be added to the Oolong-Cinnamon Tea? Love the idea of steeping cinnamon with the tea.

    • Hi Becca. This particular recipe was from the Dr. Oz website and didn’t specify. My advice would be to make the tea concentrate and experiment until you get a strength that tastes good to you (you could even just do it by the glass so you don’t weaken the whole pitcher with too much water). Please let me know how it turns out!

  3. When making Oolong Cinnamon Ice Tea, you didn’t say what size jug to use for this recipe. Will this recipe make a full gallon? Please E-mail me your response. Thank you

    • Hello.
      This was a recipe taken directly from the Dr. Oz website, and it looks like no specific pitcher size is given. I would say that you should use what you have and experiment until you find the strength of tea that tastes good to you. The recipe makes 24 oz of tea concentrate, so I would begin by adding about double that amount of cold water, see how it tastes and then adjust accordingly.

  4. Tana commented:

    I’ve heard that green tea should not be more than 12 hours old or it loses some of it’s benefit. have you found this to be true?

    • Hi Tana,
      It is true that brewed tea can lose some of it’s antioxidant potency over time. However, there is not definitive evidence on how long this takes and it will vary somewhat depending on the tea itself. Also, because our oolong tea is so highly concentrated with polyphenols, I would not imagine that it would be significantly affected by being brewed and stored for a day or two.

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