Come summer, and ‘tea’ time is suddenly all about ice creams, sorbets and every cold drink out there, preferably with a load of ice. However, regardless of the weather outside, is it really necessary to remove tea altogether from your tea time menu? For one, you could always have your colourful iced teas in fruity flavours!

The advantage of iced teas over most other cold drinks, even fruits juices, is that they are healthier options because of the antioxidants present in tea that results in improved health, and therefore, an improved lifestyle.

Let’s look at some ways to put a twist in flavour to our regular sweetened iced tea.

Peach and Strawberry

These two lush, juicy fruits are such a delight when paired together. You can make your own strawberry-peach syrup at home, or you can buy the individual syrups from the market from your favourite brand. When you’re done steeping your tea, add the syrup to the sweetened tea, stir well, and maybe add some sliced strawberries, peaches or apples to your drink.

Lime and Mint

Yes, it’s common, and probably a bit of a bore now. But quite honestly, at the end of the day, there is nothing quite like the kind of refreshment lime and mint can give you. This makes this combination a winner, and with the goodness of tea, it’s one of the healthiest drinks out there.

You can always slice a bit of ginger into this drink or even put in a cherry and garnish with a slice of lime.

But understand that you can still enjoy your favourite flavour of ‘hot tea’, even if it’s summer.

Here’s why:

A cup of hot tea may be the last thing on your mind on a hot day. What’s the reason for this? Well, the most obvious is that its ‘HOT’, which makes you uneasy just thinking of it, and second, again very obvious, you’re going to sweat profusely as soon as the rim of the cup touches your lips.

Then again, what happens when you sweat? If you really care to take notice, you’ll find that your body temperature goes down, the result of sweat evaporation, and you’re sure to find the hot weather more bearable when this happens.

So, it doesn’t matter what flavour you prefer, whether it’s strawberry, jasmine or rose, just go ahead and have your cup of warm tea like you would on a rainy day.

You’re not going to regret how you feel later, and you’ll be surprised to find that this is actually a healthier option.