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  • Celebrate National Tea Day with Great Tea Recipes

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    Celebrate National Tea Day with Great Tea Recipes

    Every year, the United Kingdom celebrates National Tea Day – and this year, it’s on the 22nd April. National Tea Day is a nation’s homage to its favourite hot beverage, and Waterlogic bring you a little history; fun facts; and three great tea recipes to help you celebrate.

    Did you know as much as of 61 percent of the UK population drinks tea every day? In the face of rising coffee culture, tea remains the hot drink of choice – both in the UK.

    Tea around the world

    Every morning, 2 billion people across the world begin their day with a cup of tea. As shown in the map above, Asia composes of predominantly tea drinkers with upwards of 75 percent of the population of many eastern countries preferring the leafy concoction. This contrasts with the USA, Scandinavia and parts of Latin America, where coffee is the apparent drink of choice; apart from small pockets of tea-drinking resistance. When broken down further, we see that Turkey is the leading tea consumer in the world, followed by Ireland, the UK, Russia, then Morocco.

    Tea vs Coffee – Which is healthier?

    Millions of people throughout the world drink tea for many reasons, though studies highlight more benefits when drinking tea as opposed to coffee.

    The benefits of tea

    • Reduced risk of heart disease
    • Promotes weight loss
    • Reduces cholesterol
    • Heightens alertness
    • Improves bone strength
    • Less chance of microbial contamination, as tea is brewed at a temperature higher than 75 degrees Celsius

    The secret of a perfect cup

    The perfect way to brew an English breakfast tea is to add 200ml of boiling water to a mug, add a tea bag (or loose leaves), and allow to brew for at least two minutes. Then remove the tea bag (or strain the tea leaves), add 10ml of milk, and if required, sugar.

    Our three favourite tea recipes

    Be Cool with an Iced Tea

    Ingredients:

    8 cups of water, ¾ cups white sugar, 3 tsp orange pekoe tea bags, ½ lemon juice

    Preparation:

    • Boil water in a kettle or saucepan.
    • Take the pan off the heat.
    • Add the tea, then cover the saucepan for an hour.
    • Pour the tea into a larger pitcher, add the sugar and stir until all the sugar dissolves.
    • Add lemon juice to taste, refrigerate and serve chilled!

    Fight Inflammation with Turmeric Tea

    Ingredients:

    1 litre of water, ½ tablespoon turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of freshly sliced ginger, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 garlic clove (peel and crush), a handful of cilantro (chopped), 2 lemons (juiced), 2 tablespoons of honey, 5 peppercorns (whole)

    Preparation:

    • Boil water in a kettle or saucepan.
    • Add all the ingredients to a teapot.
    • Pour boiling water into the teapot.
    • Steep for 15 minutes.
    • Strain and enjoy!

    Stay Fresh with Mint Tea

    Ingredients:

    Fresh mint leaves (a handful), 2 cups of water (filtered), 2 tablespoons of honey

    Preparation:

    • Roughly tear the leaves and place them in a strainer over a heat-resistant bowl or a teapot.
    • Boil the water and pour it over the mint leaves.
    • Cover the bowl or teapot and steep for 10 minutes.
    • Press the leaves gently using a muddler or a wooden spoon, releasing the oils.
    • Pour into mugs and add honey to taste!

    Celebrate national tea day!

    Tea lovers can celebrate National Tea Day April 21st - 22nd in London by attending the activity-packed Fes-Tea-Val. It promises tea tastings, blend-your-own-tea stations, afternoon tea, tasty food, music and lots more. You can also follow National Tea Day on Twitter and Facebook.

    For those too far from the city, you can still enjoy an afternoon tea to satisfy your taste buds by logging onto the Tea Near Me website.