Tea is the key to staying warm: the perfect cure for cold weather

With Shanghai’s roller coaster-like temperatures plummeting, the summer craze for “shoddy” lemon tea is coming to an end, and a cup of hot tea is becoming a much-needed accessory to warm hands and body in the chilly autumn wind.
Drops in temperature and humidity bring a range of dryness issues to the skin and body, and staying hydrated at all times is vital to maintaining physical and mental health.But plain water is tasteless and bland, so finding recipes that add flavor is a huge motivator to take an extra sip every day.
Also, the Chinese way of life has a tradition of drinking hot water and beverages all year round, not just during the colder months.
Tea is the first choice many people think of when it comes to making water tastier.Chinese green, black, and oolong teas are easy to make—just steep in hot water for the right amount of time—and easy to store and carry around.
Eight Treasures Tea is a specialty of Northwest my country.This is a hearty tea-based recipe that also includes rock sugar, roses, wolfberry, jujube, walnuts, dried longan (or guiyuan), sesame seeds, raisins, and apples.
The whole mixture is soaked in boiling hot water and served in a “chawanmushi”.You can sip from the rim of the bowl while the lid covers most of the cup to filter out the rich ingredients.
The unique experience of Eight Treasures Tea is that each sip presents subtle flavor changes, as different ingredients release aromas and flavors at different times.The tea is sweet due to the added sugar and preserved fruit.
Because matcha is made from crushed tea leaves, it actually contains a higher caffeine content than regular tea.
Decaffeinated teas like rooibos are gaining popularity in China because many people can’t drink caffeine in the afternoon and evening.More and more cafes are offering other options, such as the rooibos latte, which tastes very mild and milky.
Sweet and sour fruity tea is caffeine-free and offers a refreshing taste any time of year.Certain fruits are better for hot tea, such as fresh oranges.
Soaking a few slices of oranges in hot water is the remedy this season as oranges start to hit the market in large numbers.Not only does sliced ​​orange tea make a citrus-flavored and tasty drink, it also helps relieve the discomfort of colds.It’s crucial to keep the peel while brewing the tea, squeeze the juice from both ends of the orange into the cup, as it’s harder to slice at the ends.
When making orange tea, it’s important to buy oranges that haven’t been polished with wax.The peel should be naturally clean, rubbed with salt and rinsed thoroughly to remove dirt and residue.
Ginger is a common ingredient in beverages, but people often have a love-or-hate feeling about adding it to beverages.
Hot Ginger Cola is a cold remedy made from sliced ​​or shredded fresh ginger and boiled into cola.Fresh sliced ​​ginger can also be added to orange tea for more flavor and health benefits.
Herbal drinks with Chinese herbal ingredients are popular in China, especially in autumn and winter, as most are served warm.
Many people add goji berries to the mix and drink these drinks daily for mild, sweet and healthy benefits.Berries are rich in amino acids, carotene, and vitamins—a superfood most often made into drinks and soups in Chinese culinary culture.
From a TCM point of view, wolfberry goes well with chrysanthemum.Sweeter concoctions that are especially popular with women include wolfberry mixed with jujube and dried longan.Dried hawthorn rings are also suitable for brewing herbal teas due to their pleasant acidity.
Wolfberry is native to China, mainly in Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.Most high-quality Ningxia wolfberries will not sink in water.The fruit is sweet, but there is a hint of bitterness that lingers in the throat afterward.
Chrysanthemum tea is the first choice in autumn.Floral infusions are especially popular for their ability to soothe the throat and lungs.Chrysanthemums blend well with other ingredients because of their mild, light flavor.
Herbal teas suitable for sore throat also include honeysuckle tea for clearing away heat and detoxification, Luo Han Guo tea for relieving cough and moistening lungs, and stuffed pear drink.
Pine needle tea, made from spiky pine leaves, is thought to help with high blood pressure and support stomach health.This is a mild tea with a light green color and a mild aroma, and Chinese medicine stores sell processed pine needles, which are safer to eat.
Dried mulberries are steeped in hot water to make a sweet and sour tea that nourishes the liver, eyes, hair and skin.This tea can also be brewed with honey, dates, goji berries, dried roses and lemon for better taste and health benefits.
Staple beverages made from beans, grains and grains are also great for winter.In addition to making fresh soy milk from soaked soybeans, the soymilk maker in many Chinese home kitchens can also mix different kinds of beans and cereals to make a delicious thick drink, like a winter smoothie.
For example, leftover rice can be mixed with water, roasted peanuts, and a bit of honey or sugar to make a warm rice drink.
This drink can also be made with uncooked rice pre-soaked in water, plus some sticky rice for a better taste, and water (or milk for a richer taste), sugar and nuts/seeds mixed together and then fully mixed.cooked.
All kinds of beans, grains, and nuts make a warm, satisfying drink, but beans and grains need to be soaked in water overnight.An all-black soy milk drink made from black beans, black rice and black sesame seeds is very popular.
With osmanthus season finally here, adding some dried osmanthus or osmanthus honey to a cereal drink is a great flavor enhancer.


Post time: Jan-12-2022