I'm a traditionalist when it comes to my cup of tea: Set the kettle to ~95'c, splash the water over a handful of dry leaves and let steep for a minute or so. The perfect cup of tasty tea in less than three minutes.
However, from time to time I like to stray from my daily ritual and add a dash of flavour to my favorite drink. Perhaps I mix in a spoonful of honey, or a dash or two of milk, but one of my favorite high-wire acts sees me mixing into my tea a variety of fresh fruit.
On those winter days when those grey skies seem to go on forever, or the temperatures just don't want to break above 0'c, I look no further than my fruit basket for a beautiful, bright and juicy orange. A near favorite fruit that packs quite the healthful punch of vitamins and wholesome goodness in each and every bite
- and sip!
One of the first times that I discovered the outrageously good flavour of Green Tea & Orange Juice dates back to my years living in Taiwan. The temperatures quite regularly hit highs of 30'c ~ 35'c in the summer (before factoring in the humidity). One day my wife ventured over to one of the countless number of tea shops to order up an ice cold GT&OJ. She offered me a sip and I was blown away by the refreshing taste and wonderful flavour of this very simple combination. A dash of honey and this combo instantly became one of the my favorite drinks - even for this old and stuffy traditionalist!
So, how well does GT&OJ measure up in the colder climes? Give it a try! It's super easy to brew up. Here is what I recommend as a course to follow in brewing up a delicious cup of GT&OJ:
1. Brew up some Green Tea (or Chin Shin Oolong Tea)
2. Freshly Squeeze one orange
3. Let your tea stand for about 2~3 mins. to cool off.
4. Add orange juice to taste. Stir. Drink!
(add honey to taste)
Yum! Yum! Yum!
Now, I won't go into the finer details on the health benefits of Green Tea and Orange Juice. Quite frankly, I think you have a basic understanding of the benefits of both. Partnered up and you've got one of those rare one-two kicks of health and happiness!
Enjoy...and have a Great Day!
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”