Know Your Cuppa
Ordinary tea has many components that benefit you, on a daily basis.
Alkaloid: It can help refresh the mind, boost the heart, eliminate toxins, relieve inflammation and get rid of hangover.
Tea polyphenol: It activates the capillaries.
Vitamins and fluoride: Various vitamins enhance the effect of alkaloid and tea polyphenol. Abundant fluoride is good for teeth.
Catechins: This antioxidant can do wonders to the skin by eliminating pigment residues.
No drink would have as many varieties and variables as tea. So, it is important to know which tea should be had when. Green tea, for instance, is for summer, black tea is for winter and oolong tea goes well all year round.
The Character of Tea
Different varieties of tea apparently suit different people best. Here’s a fun look at which tea is best for you.Executives: Green tea
Types of tea
There are different varieties of tea based on their origin and processing.
1. White tea
2. Green tea
3. Black tea
Sport lovers: Oolong tea and black tea
Those exposed to air pollution: Green tea
Smokers and drinkers: Green tea
Meat lovers: Oolong tea
Those suffering from constipation: Honey tea
Those wanting to lose fat: Oolong tea and green tea
Those with a weak spleen and stomach: Oolong tea and flower teas
Those hoping for longevity: Oolong tea and black tea
The twist in the tale
Tea is one drink which can be mixed with as many things as you can think of, to suit your taste. Here are some favourites.
2 bags of Chinese tea
In 1657, tea was sold for the first time as a health beverage in London at Garway’s Coffee House.
In 1662, when Charles II married Portugal’s Catherine Braganza who was a tea lover, tea became so chic that alcohol consumption declined.
1856 saw the birth of Darjeeling Tea as tea plantation began there for the first time. Before tea leaves were introduced to the English, they used to drink hot water at “tea time” with similar affection.
500 ml tea
2 tsps of sugar
50 ml vodka
Add strong sugared tea with cloves in a pan.
Cover it and leave for 4 minutes. Remove cloves. Add lemon juice and vodka.
Scotch Toddy Recipe
1 shot Scotch whisky
1 tbsp honey
1 tea bag
In a standard coffee mug put the scotch, honey and tea bag. Pour boiling hot water to fill mug. Steep for about one or two minutes. Then remove and dispose of tea bag.
Boil three cups of water along with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and pour over the tea. Leave to infuse over a very low flame for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, dissolve saffron in a little water by rubbing it gently. Strain the tea and add the saffron liquid together with almonds. Sweeten if you like and serve hot.