Honey grapefruit tea is a refreshing and soothing drink for cold and flu season.
Combining the honey's sweetness and the grapefruit's tartness makes this tea a perfect pick-me-up on a chilly day. You can enjoy this honey grapefruit tea hot or cold, making it a versatile and delicious beverage.
Using citruses such as lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits in the kitchen is a great way to add flavor and freshness to dishes. In addition, they are a great source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, folate, and potassium. I enjoy the intense citrusy flavor in orange extract, dried lemon peel powder or lemon extract all year round. While lemon extract adds a lemony flavor to cookies, I add orange liqueur to the margarita cocktail.
Are there any benefits of grapefruit?
Grapefruit is a nutrient-rich fruit that offers a variety of health benefits.
Like blackberries, grapefruit is a good source of vitamin C, which is important for immune system function, wound healing, and collagen production. It also contains other nutrients like potassium, folate, and vitamin A.
Some studies have suggested that grapefruit may help promote weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness. It may be due to the high water and fiber content of the fruit, as well as its low-calorie count.
Grapefruit reduces cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure, and improves blood flow. Thus, positively impact heart health. These benefits may be due to the antioxidants and flavonoids found in the fruit.
Certain compounds found in grapefruit, such as naringin and limonoids, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. This may be beneficial for reducing inflammation in the body and aid various chronic health conditions. Lemongrass tea works the same way.
Grapefruit honey tea Ingredients
This tea is a potent drink that requires the right combination of ingredients. Moreover, it is easy to make.
In this tea, we will use both grapefruit peel and flesh. Peel of grapefruit is known for its bitter and tangy taste, which adds a unique flavor to the tea. It is also rich in antioxidants and essential oils, which can help improve digestion and boost immunity.
Grapefruit is a juicy and flavorful fruit with a sweet and slightly sour taste. You can use all kinds of grapefruit - red, pink, or yellow color.
This tea is naturally sweetened with raw honey that contains antioxidants, enzymes, and antibacterial properties and may help soothe a sore throat and cough. When added to citrus tea, raw honey balances the tartness and enhances its natural flavors.
Cinnamon is a warm and spicy spice often used in tea blends for its delicious flavor and numerous health benefits. It can help regulate blood sugar levels, improve brain function, and reduce inflammation.
Ginger is a pungent and aromatic spice commonly used in tea blends for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help soothe an upset stomach, reduce nausea and vomiting, and boost immune function.
Sage is a herb often used in tea blends for its earthy and slightly bitter flavor. It has been traditionally used to improve memory and cognitive function, and it may also have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can support overall health.
Grapefruit honey tea recipe
First step - Heat up.
In a small pot, add the sliced grapefruit and peel, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, and sage leaves to the pot. Add two cups of water and bring to a boil.
Second step - Simmer the mixture.
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the ingredients simmer for 10 minutes.
Third step - Strain it.
Remove the pot from heat and strain the liquid into a mug or teapot.
Fourth step - Add honey.
Stir in honey and grapefruit juice to taste and mix it well. And enjoy this delicious and healthy cup of honey citron tea!
How To Serve This Tea as a Cold drink?
While I enjoy sipping a warm cup of grapefruit tea, some people prefer a cold version. So here are some ideas to turn it into a cooling, refreshing cold drink.
- Iced Tea: Brew your tea as usual, pour it over ice and serve it as an ice tea. Add honey while still warm.
- Refrigeration: Brew your tea as usual, then cool it to room temperature before placing it in the fridge to chill. You can also add lemon, honey or other flavorings while still warm.
- Frozen Tea: Brew your tea as usual, pour it into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Once frozen, put the tea ice cubes into a glass and pour more brewed tea. The tea cubes will keep the drink cold without diluting it.
Can I Add a Boost to this Cool Tea?
To enhance the flavor and aroma, you can add fresh herbs such as mint, basil, or rosemary to your tea.
Add a pinch of spices like turmeric, ginger, ginseng, echinacea or cardamom to your tea for a warm, spicy kick.
Freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice for extra citrusy flavor.
For a delicious twist on the classic honey grapefruit tea, try spreading a dollop of tangy lavender strawberry jam on a slice of toast to enjoy alongside your warm and soothing cup of tea."
How To Store Leftover Honey Grapefruit Tea
Pour the leftover tea into a clean and airtight container. Glass jars or bottles are a good option because they do not react with the acidity in the tea.
Store the container in the refrigerator to keep the tea fresh for 2-3 days. If you want to keep it longer, you can freeze it for up to 6 months.