If you love tea and coffee but the thought of drinking a hot drink in the current weather doesn´t appeal to you, how about drinking them cold?
We’ve been keeping an eye on the rise of cold ‘hot’ drinks. Here’s our top list of drinks to make with tea and coffee to help you keep you cool this summer.
Cold brew – These drinks are made with cold water rather than boiled water. The lack of hot water requirement makes these drinks perfect for picnics and summer outings.
Iced Coffee – Iced drinks are usually made with hot water or milk, then poured over ice. By immediately chilling the coffee, the aromas released by the hot water are stopped from escaping through evaporation. This means bigger flavour, stronger taste.
Bubble tea – Tapioca pearls give this drink its quirky name. A Taiwanese drink that can be with or without milk, bubble tea has erupted in popularity over the last year. There’s a huge variety of flavours available, and the Insta-obsessed will delight in the toppings and variations out there.
Cold Herbal infusions – rather than pour hot water over herbs and flowers, try immersing them in cold water. They take longer to prepare than hot infusions, but you get a refreshing and delicately flavoured drink. Simply put your herbs, flowers or Tea Temples in a pot/jar and cover and leave to infuse for 8 to 12 hours, or overnight. If you add ice cubes, it’s the perfect healthy drink for hot days.
Tea and coffee cocktails – What better way to spend a summer evening than in your garden sipping a cocktail, especially one that incorporates your favourite tea or coffee! And it’s not just Long Island Ice Teas and Espresso Martinis either, there are hundreds of amazing recipes that you may not have heard of before. What about a Royal-Te, which involes gin and Earl Grey tea?
Hot drinks – Don’t completely discount this the moment you read it. A recent study published by National Center for Biotechnology Information in the US, it found that ‘body heat storage during physical activity is lower with hot fluid ingestion under conditions that permit full evaporation.’ Read our full article about it here.