How to drink hot tea

How to drink hot tea

There is a right tea for everyone. Unless you were born into a family of tea drinkers, there is a chance your first cup of real tea wasn’t as tasty as you might have expected. This could happen for several reasons. Some types are an acquired taste, and some require an extra patience to get them right.

Whichever your reasons for wanting to drink (more) tea might be, our tips may help you not only to start drinking it, but to fell in love with it too.

How to start drinking tea

Sometimes “buy it, brew it, drink it” won’t end in falling in love with tea. Years of drinking tea and exploring different flavors is the best way to discover which type you like the most. Knowing which herbal teas you like is much easier than knowing which real tea type you prefer. In fact, you may guess the flavor of chamomile tea, but it’s very difficult to guess the flavor of green or black tea that you didn’t try before. Subscription boxes are a great way to test a few dozen of different teas per year, bringing you closer to your perfect tea match.

Find the tea blends you love

Even though each real tea type (white, yellow, green, oolong, black and dark) has a set of unique benefits and characteristics, they are all made from the same plant. Therefore, they will have many things in common too. Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t like green tea at all, but would like to enjoy the benefits of green tea antioxidants. Oolong and white tea have them too. Besides, there are hundreds of different green tea types and it’s possible to find the flavor you will really enjoy.

Start with teas that are easy to brew

Some teas are easier to brew than the others. Flavored blends are usually perfect for western style brewing and may handle wrong temperatures much better than pure tea. If you’d prefer to drink pure tea instead, choose those that are not bitter. Formosa oolong tea is a wonderful dark oolong that doesn’t get bitter when over-brewed and may be a good choice for black tea drinkers. On the other hand, Ti Kwan Yin will be more liked by green tea drinkers. Both can handle high temperatures and longer steeping time.

Read more: Best green tea for beginners

Don’t judge dry tea leaves by their scent

Smelling new tea leaves for the first time can be an unforgettable experience. But it can also put you off from buying or trying new tea. It’s very rare to find teas whose scent and flavor match 100%. Some teas have very little scent in dry form, but as soon as you place them in a heated teapot, they will open a door into a whole new world.

Make it a habit

Make tea drinking a ritual and create a habit. By investing into a proper teaware you will be more likely to enjoy the whole process and dedicate time to drink tea every day. If possible, take your favorite teas, mug and some tea filters to office and create a habit of slowly sipping the tea.

Have fun

Drinking tea is about having fun too. Tea has been an important social drink for centuries. If you absolutely do not like the tea you are brewing, but don’t want to throw it away, try the following tips.

How to Enjoy Tea: 10 Brewing Tips

1. Experiment with water types

Switch from a regular tap water to spring water. Tap water can make tea murky and ruin the flavor, while distilled water is likely to make it too flat. Try different types of bottled spring water and see which one gives the best result.

2. Experiment with water/leaf ratio

Adding more leaves will make a stronger cup. It’s usually better to use more than less to avoid very weak unenjoyable flavor.

3. Experiment with water temperature

Some teas can handle very high temperatures, and some like gyokuro should be made with 122 °F. If you are not sure about the right temperature, use lower, rather than a higher temperature.

4. Experiment with steep time

The longer you leave the leaves in water, the more nutrients they will release. This is not always a good thing. Some of them cause bitterness and astringency. Try using shorter steeping time and re-steep the leaves. Or, you may want to increase the steeping time if you prefer stronger blends and the tea you have is too weak for your taste.

5. Try different styles of brewing

Some teas are better if you brew them using western technique, and some taste better brewed eastern style. Try both and see which one you prefer. Flavored teas are perfect for western brewing, while pure teas, especially Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese, might give a much better infusion if you use a multiple-steeping technique.

6. Add milk, honey or lemon

Many tea drinkers prefer drinking tea without any milk or sugar. However, you may find some teas more enjoyable with adding a bit of milk or lemon. Afternoon Tea and English Breakfast tea are blends that are almost exclusively drank with milk. On the other hand, first flush Darjeeling should be enjoyed pure. A bit of lemon with bitter green tea can fix any cup. Some green and white teas can be very delicate, and should mostly be enjoyed pure. If you find the taste too weak, increase the amount of leaves.

7. Make it into a latte

Chinese gunpowder is an amazing tea to use an example. It’s the type of tea not every tea lover enjoys, because it’s stronger, a bit smokey and bolder than a cup of regular delicate green tea. And this is exactly why Gunpowder is an amazing type for making a delicious latte. In fact, it’s one of rare green teas suitable for making milk tea. By brewing the leaves in the water for 20-30 minutes you will be able to extract much more nutrients including caffeine, EGCg and chlorophyll than with regular brewing. Besides, by adding a pinch of baking soda and a cup of cold water, you will be able to enjoy a unique pink tea.

8. Make your own blend

Flavors of pure tea can be enhanced by scenting or flavoring. You can do this on your own too. Maybe you want to enjoy pu’erh because of its unique benefits, but cannot get used to the taste. Try adding rose petals or even blending it with the fruit blend you enjoy.

9. Avoid very cold or very hot tea

All teas change flavor when they cool down. Drink tea when it’s still hot enough to offer the best drinking experience, but cool enough not to burn you. Science say that the optimal drinking temperature might be around 60 degrees Celsius.

10. Cold brew it

The best thing you can do with the tea you absolutely do not enjoy is to cold brew it. Pour about 1-1.5 liters of lukewarm water over 1-2 spoons of tea leaves and steep overnight in the fridge. It might surprise you with a completely new flavor profile and no bitterness at all.

How to drink hot tea

The British famously believe that nearly everything can be cured by a cup of tea. Every day in the UK, we consume more than 165m cups of the stuff, but there is a grand version of this soothing, simple hot drink: traditional tea, enjoyed at around 4:00 p.m., accompanied by savouries and cakes. It is a British ritual that comes with age-old etiquette rules which are still adhered to today.

Nineteenth-century British aristocrats made drinking tea in the afternoon fashionable. The evening meal was starting to be served later, nearer eight o’clock, leaving a long gap between lunch and dinner. It is said that Anna, Seventh Duchess of Bedford, pioneered the tea trend by having tea and cake in her room in the afternoon, accompanied by friends. A very British tradition was born.

Tea Etiquette: The Essentials

1. Know your Terminology
Those in the know refer to it simply as “tea,” not “afternoon tea” and never “high tea” (which is something completely different in the UK). It is correct to “have” tea, not to “take” tea, so you would say, for example, “I am having tea with The Queen this afternoon.” Similarly, you have “some tea,” not “a tea,” so would say, for example, “I would love some tea.” These little differences matter.

2. What is Traditional Tea?
Traditional tea comprises a pot of leaf tea (never teabags), or sometimes two if different types of tea are being served (for example an Indian and a China), plus another pot of hot water; milk and sugar; cups, saucers, teaspoons and, usually, a tea strainer; sandwiches, cakes and scones; a large starched linen napkin. In a private house, traditional tea would be served in the sitting room (or drawing room in grand establishments) on a low coffee-style table. In hotels, it may be served at a higher dining-style table.

3. How to Serve
Someone is nominated, or nominates themselves, as the pourer. It is correct to pour each cup of tea one by one — always say cup, never mug, in this context — and to pass each cup to the recipient before pouring the next. Never pour lots and then hand them out. The tea strainer should be used, if provided, by pouring the tea through it over the cup to catch any loose leaves. It is placed back in its rest or stand once pouring is finished.

4. Managing the Additions
Milk and sugar are passed round and everyone adds their own; it is essential to remember that milk is added after the tea has been poured, never before. Milk is added to black tea, such Assam, but Lapsang Souchong is usually enjoyed with a slice of lemon. Sugar is added last, after the milk, and the tea stirred by moving the teaspoon back and forth in an up-and-down motion — avoid large circular stirring motions which can, in some company, be seen as inelegant. The teaspoon is placed lengthways along the back of the saucer.

5. How to Drink It
Sit up straight and spread out the napkin on your lap. Hold the cup by the handle and bring it up to your mouth — avoid leaning forward to drink. Never cradle the cup in your hands and avoid raising your little finger. Take small sips and don’t slurp, and or blow on hot tea to cool it. The cup is put down on the saucer in between sips.

6. Eating the Accompaniments
Little cucumber sandwiches are usually served, cut into small squares or rectangles and the crusts removed. It is traditional to take just one sandwich and, no matter how small, eat it in more than one mouthful, so take a couple of bites. Cakes are also served (cupcakes are modern phenomenon and not traditional tea fare) but should be small and mess-free.

Scones (pronounced “sconn” never “scoan”) are individual, circular cakes that are eaten with jam and cream, which is spooned onto the side of the plate. The scone is broken in half lengthways by hand (never use a knife) and the jam and cream spread onto it (using a knife). Never put the two halves back together to make a sandwich — each piece is eaten individually. Spread either the jam or the cream first onto the scone; there are various traditions in the UK but either is fine.

All of these accompaniments are put down on the plate in between bites, and eaten with the fingers, never a fork. The only cutlery required for tea is a knife for spreading any jam and cream (not for cutting).

7. Finishing Touches
It is usual to enjoy two cups of tea; one is never enough and three too excessive.
When it is time to leave, it is polite to leave the napkin unfolded, placed to the left of the place setting — do not fold it up or leave it on your chair.

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  • Nutrition Information
  • Potential Health Benefits of Hot Tea
  • Potential Risks of Hot Tea
  • Healthier Alternatives

For many people, it’s hard to imagine their day without a cup of tea. It’s the second-most consumed beverage in the entire world, beaten only by water. While tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold, hot tea has a reputation for being particularly comforting.

True ‘tea’ comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, and there are many regional varieties of the species across the globe. The general categories of true teas include:

  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • White tea
  • Oolong
  • Pu-erh

When most people think of teas, however, they also include herbal teas. There are countless types of herbal tea around the world. Some of the most popular include:

  • Chamomile
  • Hibiscus
  • Peppermint
  • Rooibos

The type of tea you’re drinking will have unique health benefits or risks, making it worthwhile to look into your chosen variety more carefully.

But what about hot tea in general? Are there broad health benefits, or risks, to drinking “hot teas” as a whole? Yes, in fact, there are a number of studies that have shown the temperature of a beverage may have important effects regardless of its specific contents.

Nutrition Information

While it would be tough to summarize the nutritional information of every type of tea on the market, there are a few general trends to note. First and foremost, tea is an ultra-diluted version of whatever ingredients you’re steeping.

If you’re making, say, a lavender tea, the beverage will certainly smell and mildly taste like lavender. However, only a very small fraction of the lavender’s nutritional characteristics will be found in the drink itself.

An 8 fluid-ounce mug of most types of tea will contain close to zero:

  • Calories
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber

Similarly, the vitamins and minerals present will be in very small concentrations and will vary according to the type of tea you’re consuming.

One important factor to consider is the addition of sweeteners or milk. These additions may be added to the tea by the manufacturer or the consumer. Any added ingredients will alter the nutritional content of your drink.


Potential Health Benefits of Hot Tea

Some say that the temperature of your tea has no influence on how it affects your health, but this isn’t entirely supported by the research. In particular, mental health has been shown to benefit from hot beverages, like tea.

The concept of psychological “warmth” refers to feeling positively and trusting towards another person. When you trust a person has good intentions towards you, that feeling can be interpreted as warmth.

In one study where participants were asked to hold a hot or cold cup of coffee briefly before rating a stranger on their ‘warmth’, the temperature of the beverage had a marked effect on their perception. Those who had briefly held a warm cup of coffee tended to rate the stranger as significantly more trustworthy.

Research into hot tea consumption has found it may be beneficial for weight management. Individuals who regularly drank hot tea had both lower waist circumferences and body mass indexes (BMI).

Potential Risks of Hot Tea

Unfortunately, research has also indicated at least one serious hot tea health risk. Specifically, a link between esophageal cancer and hot tea.

A study with more than 50,000 participants in Iran showed that people who drank two to three mugs of scalding black tea a day were twice as likely to develop esophageal cancer. Those most at risk were those drinking their tea at or above 140˚ F (60˚ C).

Tea has to be drunk almost immediately after being removed from a heat source in order for it to be consumed at this temperature. To avoid scalding your mouth and throat, let your tea cool for a few minutes before taking a sip. If you like to add milk to your tea, that will also help lower the temperature of the drink.

Healthier Alternatives

For those concerned with the potential health risks of hot tea — or those who simply don’t like it — there’s good news. Steeping tea in cold water has been shown to provide the same antioxidant and nutritional benefits in most cases. The exception to this is white tea. White tea has been shown to actually have increased antioxidant properties when steeped in cold water instead of hot. If you prefer to drink cold tea, consider a white tea to boost the health benefits as you sip.


Cancer Research UK: “Headlines saying ‘hot tea causes esophageal cancer’ miss crucial details.”

ESHA Research, Inc., Salem, Oregon: “Tea, brewed w/tap water.”

European Journal of Nutrition: “Tea Consumption is Inversely Associated with Weight Status and Other Markers for Metabolic Syndrome in US Adults.”

Food Chemistry: “Hot vs. cold water steeping of different teas: Do they affect antioxidant activity?”

Journal of Food Composition and Analysis: “Antioxidant activity of different white teas: Comparison of hot and cold tea infusions.”

National Geographic: “The World’s Top Drink.”

NC State Extension: “Camellia sinensis.”

NHS: “Drinking Very Hot Tea Linked With Risk of 1 Type of Oesophageal Cancer.”

Science: “Experiencing Physical Warmth Promotes Interpersonal Warmth.”

Tea bags are the easiest and most convenient way to make tea.

They are not messy and all you need is a mug of hot water, a tea bag, and you can enjoy a nice hot cup of tea.

Here are the steps to follow to brew a perfect cup of tea:

Step 1 – Fill a kettle with cold filtered (or bottled) water. Use cold water specifically because the water is aerated and will enhance the flavor of your tea.

Step 2 – Bring the water to the point of boiling and then turn off the heat. Let it sit for a minute or two.

Step 3 – Put your tea bag in your mug and pour the hot water into your cup. Make sure you use a cup or mug that is made for holding hot liquids so that you do not burn your fingers when you pick up the cup.

Step 4 – It’s very important that you don’t mess with the tea bag why it is steeping! Let it just sit in the water and let the tea leaves release their flavor.

Step 5 – Let the tea bag sit in your cup for the appropriate amount of time (see below chart for the length of time it needs to steep depending on your tea of choice).

Step 6 – After removing the tea bag, allow your tea to cool for a minute before taking a sip. This will allow the flavor to fully develop and give you the best taste possible.

Step 7 – If you add milk to your tea, then you will want to do that now. Always add the milk after removing the tea bag.

Common Questions About Making Tea

What does brew mean when making tea?

Brew is the term that is used when you make tea. Sometimes it is confused with the term steep. Steeping your tea is the term used for how long you let your tea leaves sit in the hot water. But, brew is the term that applies to the whole process of making tea from start to finish.

Do you put tea bags in boiling water?

If you pour boiling water into your cup with the tea bag, then you run the risk of burning the tea leaves. Instead, get the water almost to the boiling point and after you’ve turned off the heat, let it sit for a minute before pouring into your cup. That way the tea leaves will release the full flavor instead being burned and releasing a bitter taste.

How do you steep a tea bag?

Steeping is simply referring to letting the tea bag sit in the hot water for a period of time, which is determined on what type of tea you are drinking.

How long do tea bags need to steep?

It completely depends on the type of tea that you are using. For some teas, like green tea, they become very bitter if you let them steep for too long. Other teas, like black tea, need a little more time to steep so that the tea leaves have enough time to release the full flavor.

Why shouldn’t you squeeze the tea bag?

You shouldn’t squeeze the tea bag for the same reason you shouldn’t steep your tea for too long. It will make your tea taste bitter! It is best to just pull the tea bag out of your cup and either throw it away or set it aside if you plan to make a second cup of tea. Some tea bags can be reused a second time. It just depends on the brand and taste.

What’s the best temperature to brew tea?

The answer to the question about the best temperature to brew tea depends on what type of tea you are making. The above chart lists for each tea what the idea temperature is for brewing in order to get the best flavor.

Does tea get stronger the longer it steeps?

No! The tea will only get bitter if you let it sit in the water too long. Refer to the chart to know how long you should steep your particular type of tea. That timing is really important if you want great tasting tea.

How to drink hot tea

When Americans visit England, most of them are eager to jump into to the tea scene. Whether it is drinking tea instead of their normal coffee or going for afternoon tea. I love the excitement and eagerness to get into the culture.

There’s just one problem.

Americans have no clue how to drink tea.

If it’s not iced, Earl Grey or herbal- it gets awkward.

We know Brits drink milk in their tea, but it kind of sounds gross when we imagine it being in the tea we drink. How do you drink loose leaf? Do you wait to let it steep or go straight in? And what do I say when they ask me what type of tea I want? Green? Earl Grey? . Iced?

How to drink hot tea

How to drink hot tea

I’ll make it really easy for you. Unless you really know tea and what you like, don’t order Earl Grey. It’s NOT the most common tea here, and, despite America’s assumption that it is the most British choice, it isn’t. (I used to think this, too!) Also, if you do get Earl Grey- try lemon in it. Adding milk to it is a bit gross, as it is so floral. Don’t get me wrong, loads of people still drink it. but, if you’re an amateur to tea, follow my lead here.

So what do you do?

When your waiter or server asks you what type of tea you’d like, ask for either English Breakfast or an Afternoon Tea. ( These are the most standard black teas.) Or, if you’re at a place that isn’t overly posh, you can say “Builder’s Tea”. or if you get stuck, just simply say, “regular black tea.” They’ll know what you mean.

These are the teas that you put a splash of milk into (not too much where it starts looking grey). A cup like this will go great with cakes and sweets. When you taste this, you’ll “get” how it all works- the flavors are perfect together. And don’t forget to toss in a sugar cube to get the full experience.

How to drink hot tea

How to drink hot tea

Now I know some Brits may chime in here and say that they only drink Earl Grey or that they would prefer herbal teas, etc. I know, I know! I often do, too. But, for the average American trying to get the quintessential tea time experience- you can’t deny that the standard cup of tea that is served is a breakfast blend or afternoon tea. or just “normal” builders tea. So just nod your head and don’t confuse anyone. As Americans, we are already confused enough about what to do. 🙂

But actually- if you are a bonafied Brit, please feel free to weigh in with any other thoughts. While I love tea and talking about it, it still is a bit of a “second language” to me. I’ve learned all I know late in life.

PS. These photos were taken at Candella– a really sweet tea room off Kensington Church Street, near the Palace and Kensington High Street Tube Station. A great place to spend the afternoon. Walk in on a slow day, or book ahead to guarantee your table to make sure you have one. (There are only 5!)

If you’re looking for great places for tea in London, read about some of my favorite teas in London here.

Sipping hot tea doesn’t have to be saved for high tea or special occasions. Browse our top hot tea recipes made with fresh fruit, spices, and more for your most soothing cup yet. We’ve even got hot tea recipes with booze added and slow cooker hot teas to try.

No matter the season, I always enjoy winding down after a long day with a steamy mug of hot tea. But once cooler weather hits, it feels even more fitting to brew hot tea drinks that warm me from the inside out. Instead of opting for the plain black tea bag in the cabinet, there are plenty of hot tea ideas waiting for you to try this season. It’s actually really easy to learn how to make homemade hot tea using fresh herbs, fruit, and more. You can even reap extra health benefits when making tea at home by adding immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as fresh ginger, cinnamon and pomegranate. So grab your blanket, a good book, and cozy up with one of these delicious hot tea drink recipes from our Test Kitchen.

1. Slow Cooker Spiced Green Tea

When the whole family is in the mood for tea or you’re having a gathering, make this delicious hot tea recipe. Brewed green tea is infused with the flavors of dried fruit (your choice of peaches, apricots or pears), cinnamon, crystallized ginger and orange. After a few hours in the slow cooker, your kitchen is going to smell amazing.

2. Citrus Tea with Tarragon

The fennel-like flavors from fresh tarragon fuse with Earl Grey tea ($6, Target) in this homemade hot tea. A boiled citrus mixture of lemon, lime and orange get blended together and strained through a fine-mesh sieve ($9, Bed Bath & Beyond) for a clean cup and citrus flavors that really shine.

You will extract the most pleasure from fine tea, steeped with care. The Republic of Tea’s Minister of Fire & Water suggests the following step-by-step ritual for infusing hot tea:

Heat Your Water

  • It begins with the water—the element that brings tea to its full potential. Fresh water yields a better cup. We recommend using filtered, spring or bottled water.
  • Fill your tea kettle with fresh, cold water and heat to a rolling boil—unless you’re making green tea or 100% White Tea. In that case, stop short of boiling to avoid “cooking” the delicate tea.
  • If you’re using a teapot, warm it first by swirling in a splash of steamy water and pour it out.
  • Plan on about one teaspoon of tea or herbs or one tea bag per six-ounce cup. If using whole leaf tea, place tea in infusing basket or teapot.

Time Your Steeping

  • Pour the water over the tea, cover if in a pot, and infuse to taste. Different teas take well to different infusing times. Experiment to find your ideal time, but take care – don’t steep for too long or you’ll find your tea has gone bitter or acidic.

How to drink hot tea

Enjoy Your Hot Tea

  • Remove the tea bag or infuser, or use a strainer for the leaves. Pour the steaming tea into a cup and let it cool for a moment.
  • Sip. Let the infusion please your palate. Enjoy the nuances, the complexity and character. This is drinking tea.

You may have wondered why. Why do many Asians (and grandmothers) take hot tea on a hot day? Does the extra heat cool them down? If yes, how so?

To answer this question sufficiently, it’s best to look at how the body works. Science supports hot tea being an excellent remedy in both hot and cold seasons, mainly because of how the body reacts to external and internal stimuli. With that said, here are several pointers to further explain this phenomenon:

The Answer According to Biology

A study by researchers at the University of Ottawa concluded that hot drinks can cool the body down, but only in precise conditions. When you take in a hot drink, it ends up lowering the amount of heat trapped in your body. But that’s so long as the extra heat can evaporate from the body.

If you’re all covered up, the chances of hot tea cooling you down on a hot day are minimal. In other words, drinking a hot beverage disproportionately increases the amount of sweat you’re excreting. And if all that sweat can evaporate, the body will cool down.

Therefore, the most crucial pointer here is the increased rate of perspiration. As you may know, sweating cools the body when the energy released as part of the perspiration reaction gets absorbed into the air. As such, sweating more means cooling more.

So how did the University of Ottawa researchers get to the bottom of the ‘hot tea phenomenon? They conducted a series of vigorous tests on cyclists in their lab. For each test, the cyclists got equipped with a mouthpiece and skin temperature sensors to measure the amount of carbon dioxide produced as well as oxygen consumed.

The researches then used this information to calculate how much heat the cyclists’ bodies’ metabolism produced. They also tracked other significant factors like humidity and air temperature. The resultant data indicated the difference in the amount of heat produced, and that which got released to the environment.

Later, some of the cyclists took in hot drinks (roughly 122 degrees F). The rest? Room temperature water.

And behold! Those who took in hot drinks released more heat than those who didn’t. Now let’s look at what happens inside the body to cool you off after ingesting a hot beverage on a hot day:

The Body’s Internal Air Conditioning

According to Eastern Medicine, the stomach is one of the body’s yang organs. In fact, many Asians refer to it as the internal fire. If it’s to function properly, it has to stay warm.

Now, hot tea improves the circulation and absorption of nutrients in the stomach. This, in turn, helps you to digest foods better. When you ingest something cold, receptors in your tongue’s and throat’s nerve linings signal your brain that the body needs to warm up.

One of the receptors responsible for signalling your brain when you ingest something hot is TRPV1 (Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid).

The number 1 denotes the exact role this receptor plays- detecting heat and temperature in foods and beverages.

Take note that the Asians refer to water as yin because it’s cold in nature. If anything, cold water slows down the digestion process. This means that drinking cold water worsens your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

In essence, the colder the water the weaker your yang energy in the stomach. On the other hand, hot/ warm water or tea relaxes the stomach. What’s more, hot beverages make the receptors to signal your brain that you’re experiencing heat.

The brain then sends signals other receptors to activate the body’s heat defence- sweat. These receptors activate your body’s systematic cooling mechanism. This, in turn, opens up the skin’s sweat glands.

Why Cold Drinks Won’t Cool You Down on a Hot Day

In as much as drinking an ice-cold soda or water sounds in scorching weather sounds comforting, it’s merely a quick and temporary fix.

According to pseudoscience, cold drinks won’t cool you down because of the difference between the body’s internal temperature and the external (environment) temperature. In other words, drinking a cold beverage on a hot day makes the external environment feel hotter since the internal body feels cooler.

Drinking hot tea on a hot day makes the external heat feel less extreme as the internal body becomes warmer. Alternatively, you can also cool yourself off by cooling the body externally. For instance, you can swim in a pool or utilize a cold air fun as well as a cold towel.

Other Unique Ways to Cool Off in the summer

Did you know that introducing cooling herbs to a warm/ hot up of tea can make you lose massive heat? Yes, some foods and herbs are synonymous with assisting in cooling down the body. Creating a tea blend consisting of such plants and foods will keep you feeling relaxed and happy on a hot day.

Some examples of these summer cooling foods include white cucumber, apricot, peach, wild strawberry, watermelon, melon berry, etc. In light of this, you can drink a hot cup of tea and eat a bowl of crisp salad or fruit at the same time to quickly cool off on a hot day.

Another excellent hot day remedy is to drink tea blended with cooling spices. Yes, spices like lemongrass, rose, chai, hibiscus, spearmint, and peppermint will work to comfort you when the weather is extremely hot.

Also, even a seemingly insignificant action like smelling the aroma of your favourite tea can relax you. On a hot day, this aroma may help you forget about the heat outside.

But if you reside in a more humid area, it’s best to focus on cooling your external body first. This may mean avoiding any restrictive clothing. You should also use a fun to dry off all the sweat you’re extracting.

If the sweat hasn’t dried, you may feel quite uncomfortable drinking a hot/ warm beverage on a scorching day.

Bottom Line

With the appropriate conditions, hot tea will cool you down faster than any cold beverage. Even so, it all boils down to your personal preference. Those in the East love to drink hot beverages on searing days, while many in the West prefer ice drinks. All in all, a hot drink is better for your stomach than a cold one.

Currently living and working in California with my Husband and our grumpy cat. I love tea and always try to sample as much local tea when I travel as much as I can.

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