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To Make the Perfect Pot of Tea / Hot & Iced - Tea & Health

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Tea Facts

Next to water, Tea is the most popular beverage in the World with around two and a half billion cups drunk daily Worldwide.

Drinking at least one cup of tea a day could cut the risk of heart attack by 44 percent. Drinking tea, 2 -3 cups per day, could add years to your life. A number of recent studies have shown that black, oolong and green tea (not herbals) can prevent digestive cancers, and may help to prevent heart disease.

Tea
Irish:
Pronunciation: tay

Phrase: I'd like a cup of tea
Irish: Ba mhait liom cupán Té
Pronunciation: bah wah ly-um cup-awn tay

Phrase: We'd like a pot of tea
Irish: Ba mhaith linn pota Té
Pronunciation: bah wah linn puh-tha tay

The Perfect Pot of Tea - Tea Bags
  • Warm the tea pot
  • Add the required amount of tea bags
  • Pour on freshly boiled water
  • Allow to sit for 5 minutes
  • Always stir before pouring
The Perfect Pot of Tea - Loose Tea Over the years, many people have attempted to invent and patent complicated methods of brewing tea, from spirit heated urns to ornate metal tea infusers. All highly fashionable in their time no doubt, but there is only one way to make tea using loose tea.
  • Fill a kettle to the required level with freshly drawn water. This may sound quite obvious but there is a tendancy to re-use boiled water or top up a partly filled kettle. This de-oxygenated water does have an adverse effect on brewing.
  • Heat an earthenware or china tea pot (stainless steel pots tend to taint the brew).
  • Use one teaspoonful of tea per person plus 1 for the pot. When using teabags, use one teabag per person.
  • Take the tea pot to the kettle and pour freshly boiling water over the leaves.
  • Leave for approximately two minutes and stir. After a further 2 minutes the liquor is ready to pour, using a fine strainer in the case of loose tea.
  • NB: some speciality and large leaf teas require a longer infusion and usually details are given on the pack.
Irish Tea
  • 1 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
  • 6 - 8 oz tea
  • 1/2 - 2 tsp sugar
Preparation: Easy as making a cup of tea, adding sugar or sweetener if desired and pouring Bailey's Irish Cream to your liking.

Irish Iced Tea
  • 5-6 tea bags of Irish Tea
  • 5 cups of hot water
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Sugar if required
Preparation:Brew the teabags in 5 cups of hot water for 2- 3 minutes. Add 3 cups of ice and refrigerate for 4-5 minutes. Take the Iced Tea out of fridge, add the honey and stir well. Sugar may be added at this stage for an extra sweet treat. Stir in the lemon juice and add more ice if required. Enjoy!

Tea & Health Next to water, Tea is the most popular beverage in the World with around two and a half billion cups drunk daily Worldwide.

Tea has long been recognised for its health benefits. From earliest times, tea has been considered useful for its medicinal qualities. Tea contains small amounts of some vitamins including Thiamin and Vitamin B6. Drinking at least one cup of tea a day could cut the risk of heart attack by 44 percent. Drinking tea, 2 -3 cups per day, could add years to your life. A number of recent studies have shown that black, oolong and green tea (not herbals) can prevent digestive cancers, and may help to prevent heart disease.

Tea is also a source of manganese, essential for bone growth, and potassium, beneficial to the nervous systems.

Tea, like fruit and vegetables, contains natural compounds called antioxidants. Antioxidants help neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules which occur in the body naturally and are vital. However, too many free radicals can be harmful.

Both black teas (those most widely drunk in Ireland and UK) and Green teas contain antioxidants.

Green Tea Health Benefits: Reduces high blood pressure. Reduces the risk of certain types of cancer. Builds bone density. Green Tea in particular has been considered very beneficial to ones health though all teas contribute to a healthy life style.

Black Tea Health Benefits: Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke and increases the survival rate among patients who have already suffered a heart attack Decreases the likelihood of life-threatening blood clots.

Oolong Tea Health Benefits: Aids digestion & decreases the absorption of carbohydrates and fat in the body. Alleviates the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

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