If you’re a hot tea drinker, you probably have a cup of Earl Grey or another tea in the winter. But when the weather starts to heat up, what do you do? Do you still get your daily dose of antioxidants from tea? The obvious solution is iced tea, but that isn't the only option. This summer, try one or all of these delicious and nutritious types of iced teas:

Green tea

Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black teas. The term “green tea” can be used to refer to all kinds of unfermented tea; however, when we say green tea, we usually mean the kind that comes in bags or loose.

Green teas are known for their high amount of antioxidants, which protect our bodies from free radicals and prevent cell damage. Green teas also have less caffeine than black or oolong teas; one cup has about 15 milligrams compared to 40 milligrams in black or 30 milligrams in oolong. But if you're looking for something a little different than this basic brew, try these five unique varieties!

Black tea

Black tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It’s the most common type of tea, and it has a bold flavor that comes with a higher caffeine content than other teas.

Because it’s so strong in flavor, black tea is often used to make tea bags and found at many restaurants instead of green or white teas (though you can still find these other kinds of teas at restaurants). Because it’s so potent, you may want to opt for decaf versions if you prefer not to be caffeinated when drinking iced tea!

Oolong tea

Oolong tea is a type of Chinese tea that is made from leaves that are partially oxidized. It's one of the most popular types of tea in China and Taiwan, but it's also gaining popularity in other countries.

Oolong contains polyphenols—which act as antioxidants—and catechins, which have been shown to have antioxidant activity. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and other oxidative molecules in the body, helping prevent damage to healthy cells and tissue. Oolong has also been shown to reduce cholesterol by up to 10%, which can help keep your heart healthy! Additionally, oolong contains caffeine (about half as much as black tea), so you'll be getting an energy boost from drinking your iced brews this summer!

White tea

White tea is made from young tea leaves, which gives it a delicate flavor. It has a high concentration of antioxidants and vitamin C, making it healthier than other types of teas. White tea also has a low caffeine content, making it good for people who are pregnant or nursing.

In addition to being healthy and delicious, white tea is one of the easiest types to make at home because you can steep it in cold water! The process couldn't be more straightforward: just place your loose leaf tea into a pitcher or container with cold water and let steep for about five minutes. You don't even need any fancy equipment—just some plain old pitchers will do just fine!

Pu-erh tea

Pu-erh tea is a fermented tea made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, the same plant that produces green and white teas. It's one of the most common types of teas in China and other parts of Asia, but it's not as well-known in the West.

The name "Pu-erh" comes from the Chinese word for “aged” or “stored," which describes how this type of tea is usually processed after being harvested. Pu-erh is aged primarily because it helps to improve its flavor: As time goes on, pu-erh undergoes a process called fermentation (when microbes break down sugars into acids). Fermentation also reduces bitterness and creates certain aromatic compounds that make this brew especially appealing! Since fermentation occurs naturally over time regardless of whether or not you want it to happen fast enough for your taste buds' liking—think about wine—you can skip this step by brewing with an unfermented version instead if you prefer something more immediate but less complex than what an aged pu-erh would offer you.

Yellow tea

Yellow tea, also referred to as "gaiwan tea," is a type of Chinese green tea that's steeped in a large bowl and then strained into small cups. The leaves are usually steeped for about 30 seconds, with the resulting liquid poured out into individual glasses. Yellow teas are known for having notes of buttery caramel and sometimes honey or fruit flavors.

Yellow teas are made from buds and young leaves—the newest growth on the plant—and have been used medicinally since ancient times. One study conducted at Rutgers University found that yellow teas may help reduce cholesterol levels by inhibiting an enzyme in your liver that helps convert cholesterol into bile acids (which help digestion). Another study shows that people who consumed three cups of ginseng-infused yellow tea per day over six weeks had improved memory recall than those who drank plain water instead!

Mate tea

Mate tea is a traditional South American tea that's made from the leaves of the yerba mate plant. It has a slight, earthy flavor and is caffeine-free, but it's rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, which may help you lose weight and relieve stress.

The ancient Incas consumed mate tea as part of their everyday diet. They saw it as an important part of their ritual ceremonies, too. In fact, drinking mate tea was so important to them that they'd even drink it before going into battle!

Hibiscus tea

Hibiscus tea is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. It’s also a good source of calcium. It’s naturally low in calories and fat free!

Hibiscus tea comes from the hibiscus flower, which has been used for its medicinal properties since ancient times. The leaves are dried and steeped to make an herbal tea that has a beautiful red color (hence its name). Hibiscus is most commonly enjoyed hot or cold as an iced tea—and it’s delicious both ways!


We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of iced teas, and that you’ve discovered something new to try this summer!


Jun 10, 2022
Food & Nutrition

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