5 Hot And Cold Tea Recipes You Will Love

The Plant world can provide us with all the things we need for a healthy lifestyle and way of living. As you may know by now, I love plants and my entire diet revolves around Mother Nature, but it is not just food that she provides for us, drinks are there too, and in great variety if you  know what to do and what kind of plants you can put together to create some beautiful Teas, for the summer or the winter to be served hot or cold. So here are some of my favorite teas that I enjoy through the seasons and I have put together the top 5 Hot and Cold Tea Recipes that I usually consume on a weekly basis.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Drinking enough liquid to fill a fourth of the stomach during a meal it is said it aids digestion accordingly to the Ayurveda Science. Between meals, drinking can serve not only to quench thirst but also to cool the body when it’s hot or warm it when cool.

So enjoy these tea receipts, during the summer or during the winter; the plant used for these ideas are basic, cheap and so good for the entire body you can only benefit from it by drinking it.

Lemon can be useful any time of the year in particular in the summer is a very refreshing drink while Ginger with lemon forties the body against cold in the winter.

TIP:
When you plan to serve a sweet drink on a hot day, make the drink in advance and use some of the drink to make ice cubes to serve with it.

If you are in a hurry superfine granulated sugar dissolves in just a few seconds.

It is said that a comfortable seat, a beverage, and some friendly words are the least one should offer to any guest so, why not make a little effort and prepare some simple yet really delicious drink for the next time a friend will come around?

I hope you will. My house is constantly filled with people and most of the time my friends will call me a bit before and let me know they are coming around for some kind of infusion; so I enjoy preparing them and I know they enjoy drinking it.

Enough said, time to get to our top 5:

1)Lemon or lime drink

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 5 tbs of brown sugar
  • 1 tbs rose water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ice (optional)

Mix all the ingredients well. Serve chilled with a thin slice of lemon or lime. You can vary the amounts of lemon and sugar according to your taste

2) Cumin  and Tamarind drink

Ingredients:

  • 175g of tamarind broken into small pieces
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp of cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1/2 tsp of garam masala
  • 3 tbs of brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 cups of water (cold)
  • crushed ice
  • mint leaves for garnish
  • slices of lemon for garnish

Boil the tamarind in the water for 15 minutes. then extract as much juice and pulp from it as possible by forcing it through a strainer.

Add all the other ingredients to this juice and mix well and let stand for about 15 minutes.

Filter through a piece of cloth. Chill.

Just before serving, dilute the juice with ice water and put crushed ice in every serving. Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lemon or lime

3) Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea is a good general tonic. if you prefer a more refreshing drink add ice cubes., extra sugar and lemon juice and some more mint leaves.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of water
  • 3 tbs grated fresh ginger
  • 6 tbs sugar or agave syrups
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 4 tbs lemon or orange juice chopped mint leaves

 

Boil the water and ginger rapidly in an uncovered saucepan for about 10 minutes. Stir the sweetener into the mixture until it dissolves. Strain, pressing the ginger against the strainer to extract as much of its essence as possible.

Then add the pepper and lemon or orange juice. Serve Hot.

4) Rose flavored Cold drink

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 tbs rose water
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • ice water and crushed ice
  • mint leaves

Make  a syrup by cooking the sugar and water in a saucepan over gentle heat until the sugar dissolves.

Cool. Then add the rose water and food coloring.

Just before serving put 2 tablespoons of syrup in each glass and fill up with iced water and crushed ice. the amount of syrup can be increased or decreased according to taste.

5) Anise Milk with raisins and Pistachios

By far my favorite. this is not just a drink this one has the X Factor and it’s a defo must TRY!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of raisins
  • 2 tsp anise seeds
  • 13/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of pistachios nuts
  • 21/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom seeds
  • 4 tbs agave syrup or sugar if you prefer

Cover the raisins with warm water and soak them for 10 minutes. in a saucepan, boil the anise seeds in the water for 5 minutes. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes more.

Blend the pistachio nuts, drained raisins, ground cardamom and almond milk in an electric blender and set aside. Strain the anise water and stir the agave syrup into it.

Then add it to the mixture, stir well and chill.

Serve each glass with a spring of mint leaves.

Fabulous, that is all I am going to say about this one.

So there you have it, my number 5 favorite drinks, infusion or however you want to call them. I hope you will enjoy them and don’t forget to let me know in the comments what did you think of it!

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4 Responses

  1. Peace says:

    I am a major drink person. I love taking something liquid while I work on my computer or write my poems. 

    The cumin and tamarind drink you mentioned sounds alot like a local drink we make here in my country. The drink is called the zobo drink and tamarind is one of the ingredients used to make it. 

    I add ginger to my normal tea to make it more healthy and tasty. 

  2. Lok Which says:

    I really love tea. I can’t go on my daily basis without taking a tea. My day won’t be complete without taking a tea but I can’t remember the last time I took cumid and tamadrin tea and I think I have fall in love with lime . I will be trying this recipes out. Thanks for sharing this informative and educative information.

  3. Vapz says:

    Wow, I like the “ice cube with the drink” tip….I am trying this today!!! That caught my attention real quick. I love drinks,be it hot or cold,flavored or not.You have just made my day with the hot and cold drink recipes. They also happen to be natural ingredients. Do you think I replace the sugar with Honey or stevia? Would it still be as nice?

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