People increasingly choose tea as their beverage of choice. A nice mug of hot tea can warm you up on cold days, while iced teas are wonderfully refreshing in the summer.
You can choose between black, green, and red teas and herbal infusions. The possibilities are endless. Green and black tea contain caffeine so will wake you up in the morning, but not in the punch-to-the-head way that coffee does. Rather, the caffeine in tea works more slowly, waking you up gradually and pleasantly. Health-wise, there are really no downsides to drinking tea, unless, of course, you overdo it.
But the many health benefits of tea - lowered cholesterol, heart health, and its antimicrobial properties can't be overlooked. And the best news is, you can make homemade tea, just the way you like it, with very little fuss.
Which tea to use?
One of the main questions when making fruit tea is which tea to choose.
Of the two caffeine-rich teas – green and black - green is considered healthier but black tea (where the leaves have been fermented before brewing) can also be great for your health. Oolong is somewhere in the middle between these two types while for pu-erh, tea leaves have been fermented before use. Matcha is a powder made from green tea leaves which is all the rage right now and can be found everywhere from breakfast bowls to smoothies and even desserts.
There are also teas which are made with dried pieces of fruit and herbs or flowers and those are actually called infusions.
How to make fruit tea
To make fruit tea, you can use the wonderfully named sun tea method. This means simply, that you put bags and fruit in a jar with cold water and leave it out in the sun to steep until you’re happy with the taste. To prevent the growth of bacteria in the sun, sterilize the jar before use.
Some teas, such as green, are also very sensitive to temperature so it’s better to make them the traditional way - by boiling water first, then letting the water cool down before pouring over the tea.
The most famous method for making fruit tea is to infuse green or black tea with the fruits of your choosing. For black tea, sweeter and stronger-tasting fruit such as berries, lemon, or apples are the perfect choice. For green tea, you can use softer and milder fruit to complement the tea’s unique taste. Blueberries, mango or peaches are all great choices for green tea.
Fruity teas are actually infusions and they are sweet and delicious. They most commonly include dried apples, hibiscus flowers, orange peel, cherries, and many others. These ingredients give the tea not just its sweet flavor but also a beautiful deep dark red color.
Herbal and flowery teas
Last but not least, you can use herbs, flowers, and spices to make infusions that also pair well with fruit. In French, such a beverage is called tisane. Cinnamon, ginger root, cardamom, and many other spices work with oranges, apples, lemons, pineapples or pomegranate.
Herbs and flowers are also wonderful for fruity teas. Take peppermint, sage, nettle or flowers such as chamomile, and combine that with oranges, lemons, strawberries, and many others.
The idea is simple, really. Take your favorite fruit and combine it with your favorite tea or infusion – be it green, black, spicy or herbal. Decide if you want to drink it hot or cold.
And then you’re done. So what are you waiting for?