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Iced tea, anyone?

Iced tea is a wonderful way to cheer up dreary afternoons. Spice it up with imaginative serving methods


IF YOUR idea of good tea is milk and water boiled with strong tea dust and spoonfuls of sugar, this one's not for you. But, if you are willing to experiment (think tea in fruity flavours!), read on.

Iced teas are the rage this summer.

With many calorie-conscious youngsters wary of drinking aerated colas, the next obvious choice seems to be iced tea. They look deceptively similar like colas, but what set these teas apart are the health benefits they offer.

Thanks to the market for iced teas, many companies have started vending them in busy market areas. Recently, all those entering Trichy Road through Race Course would've seen people vending bottled iced tea made by a Coimbatore-based company in a bouquet of flavours. Think green mango, pineapple and orange besides the regular peach and lemon, and you'll get the idea.

While black tea has been flavoured with lemon, orange and peach extracts, green tea has been infused with pineapple and green mango extracts. Take the first sip and the fruit's flavour overwhelms you, but tea soon takes over.

So far, branded iced teas could be taken home only in tetra packs.

Now, they are available in pre-mix powder form too. So, all you have to do is stir in the powder with ice-cold water and chill out!

Dieticians say iced tea can well be called one of the healthiest summer beverages. And, the health benefits of tea are many.

Rich in anti-oxidants, tea helps reduce risk of heart attack, stroke and certain kids of cancers, besides helping build immunity.

The best part about iced tea is that almost any garden herb can spruce up the drink. Try mint or any other herb that catches your fancy.

Or freeze some fruit in your ice tray and drop in the cubes into a tall glass of iced tea for that Oh!-so-delicious flavour.

Now, for some background information on iced tea.

The beverage was discovered by Richard Blechynden, a tea plantation owner, during the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

It was a particularly hot summer day and customers were uninterested in the hot tea Blechynden was serving, so he poured the delicious beverage over ice.

SUBHA J RAO

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