Beat the Heat with These 6 Tea Drinks
The sun is blazing, air conditioners are running nonstop, and the humidity engulfs everything. Hot tea sounds more like a terror than a treat, so we’re putting everything on the rocks this time of year (well, almost everything). We don’t know about you, but we’re not making many plans right now. If you are, props to you. You’re probably going to need a little caffeine to keep you literally sprinting from store to store, to your car, to some shade, and wherever else you dare to go. We can help you there.
Here are six tea drinks that’ll pep you up and remind you of cooler times.
WHITE CHAMPAGNE RASPBERRY SMASHServings: 5 | Prep: 10 minutes
This drink is bubbly, herbal, and lightly caffeinated, perfect for those dog days of summer.
- 5 tbsp. Organic White Champagne Raspberry tea
- 5 cup water
- Some fresh thyme, for muddling and garnish
- 10 tbsp. lemon juice
- Honey, to taste
- 5 lemons, sliced for garnish
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- Soda water
- Boil your water, allow to rest for 30 seconds after it reaches a boil. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. Try to relax for those 3 minutes. Look at the Escali timer you’re using and breathe a sigh of sophistication. No more “one Mississippi” for you. Strain the leaves and allow the tea to cool for a bit.
- Combine thyme, lemon juice, and honey in a cocktail shaker or pint glass and muddle. Don’t use all your thyme or your drink will taste like your front lawn. Once that’s all done, add the tea and stir well. Add some vodka if you want. We can’t stop you, but we will join you. Cheers!
- Strain over ice, strawberries, and raspberries, add a splash of soda water, stir lightly, decorate it with some garnish (if you have the patience), and throw it back. Nice.
Adapted from Sips by.
MATCHA DALGONA LATTEServings: 1 | Prep: 5 minutes
2020 threw a lot of quarantine trends at us, including dalgona coffee. Unlike baking bread or floral pressing, though, dalgona coffee persists, but people are making it with many different ingredients. Matcha dalgona is sweet, fluffy, and melts in your mouth. It’s definitely the most decadent drink on this list.
- 1 tsp. Organic Japanese Matcha powder
- 3 tbsp. warm water
- 1 cup milk of choice
- ½ cup cold heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- Vigorously whisk the matcha powder and water until well incorporated.
- Add that to a bowl with cream and sugar and continue to whisk like crazy until it looks pillowy. Do not whisk by hand if you have an electric mixer. Your arms will hurt. Trust us. We’re still sore.
- Fill a glass with ice and milk and carefully layer your dalgona cream on top.
- Take a pic for the ‘gram, and then stir.
Adapted from Path of Cha.
ICED SWEET CITRUS TEAServings: 5 | Prep: 15 minutes
This drink’s tart bite balances out its juicy sweetness, only made lusher by the orange juice concentrate. We think it’s reminiscent of rainbow sherbet in a bowl of fruit punch, only better. If you’re looking for those vibes, stop looking. You’ve found it. This is also an unofficial petition to instate rainbow sherbet punch as a normal drink you don’t need a reason to make.
- 7 cups water, divided
- 5 Organic Blood Orange Vanilla Rooibos tea bags
- 4 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/8 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
- Ice cubes
- Dig that orange juice concentrate you forgot about from depths of your freezer. Thaw it in a bowl.
- Boil 4 cups water in a stovetop kettle (we like this one) and steep the tea bags for 10 minutes. Discard tea bags after unless you’re collecting them for some reason.
- Transfer to a large pitcher and stir in all the other ingredients. Pop that bad boy in the fridge until it’s cool as a cucumber before serving over ice.
Adapted from tasteofhome.com.
ICED DRAGO CHAI LATTEServings: 1 | Prep: 15 minutes
When coffee and tea worlds collide, it’s a beautiful thing. This glorified dirty chai latte warms you up with green cardamom, cinnamon, anise, and clove, while simultaneously delivering that beloved coffee bite. The frothed cream blankets the whole experience in soft, luscious sweetness. There’s really no way you can resist this. There’s no way. If you have any cold brew left over, simply screw the included cap on and take it everywhere you go.
- It all starts the day before. Prepare your Drago cold brew concentrate in an Asobu Cold Brew Maker for the most pronounced flavor. Allow your cold brewer to rest overnight at room temp. Nighty night!
- Place the tea pod into your single-serve machine and brew an 8 oz. cup over ice in a pint glass or Positively Tea Tumbler! (So you can take it on the go.)
- Fill the rest of the way with cold brew, froth some milk, lay that foamy goodness on top, and you’re good. Easy as ordering a dirty chai in a café, only this one is way cheaper.
SUMMERTIME TANGOServings: 6 | Prep: 15 minutes
Whether you add two or twenty lime slices, this drink is the epitome of summer—and it’s mad easy. Black tea adds a deep body to the citrus, leveling out its zesty brightness. And a little bit of mango never hurt anyone. If you want to muddle a little fresh mango in the glass, it’ll only take this one step closer to the certified best drink on Earth.
- 4 ½ cups water, divided
- 4 tbsp. loose-leaf Organic Mango Tango black tea
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. thawed orange juice concentrate
- 2 tbsp thawed lemonade concentrate
- Fresh mint, lemon slices, and/or lime slices, for garnish (if you want)
- Boil 4 cups of water in a large saucepan, remove from heat, and place a Brew Basket of tea in. Allow to steep for 3 minutes, covered, before removing the tea. Transfer to a pitcher.
- Stir in all the other ingredients until the sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cool (or drink it hot, but we’re trying to cool down, remember?), serve over ice, and garnish as desired.
Adapted from tasteofhome.com.
LEMON THYME GREEN DRAGONServings: 8 | Prep: 20 minutes
We know, we know. This is technically a hot drink, but studies show that hot drinks can cool you down more effectively than a cold one on a hot day. This is twofold—the hot drink, yes, will make you hotter, but it also activates your body’s natural air conditioning system: sweating. If the thought of watering down tea repulses you, or you just don’t have any tea ice cubes made up, this Lemon Thyme Green Dragon might be your best bet. It’s botanical and honey-sweet with a twist of lemon. And it’s so so good.
- 8 cups water
- ½ oz. loose-leaf Organic Green Dragon Lemonade
- 8 fresh thyme sprigs
- ½ tsp. grated lemon zest
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- Stevia, optional
- As you’re boiling water, place your tea, thyme sprigs, Stevia leaves, and lemon zest into a Timolino Ingeni. Allow to steep for 3 – minutes.
- Place atop a pitcher to drain tea. Stir in honey and lemon juice until dissolved.
- Add sugar to taste, but otherwise, serve immediately.
Adapted from tasteofhome.com.
We know no one wants to do anything on a hot day, but if you’re able to muster the willpower to make any of these six heat-beating beverages, tag us in a photo (@positivelytea). We’ll make it worth your effort.
Tea is as hydrating as water, so go for it. And, um, we’re not dissing water, but tea tastes better anyways.