Health & Fit Sparkling Tea Is Poised To Be the Canned Drink of Summer—Here’s What RDs Have To Say
This Brilliant, Bagless Tea Makes Your Brew Better for the Planet
Photo courtesy of Tea Drops Tea has always been a central part of Sashee Chandran’s life. A few years ago, when she visited Derryclare, a tea estate in Sri Lanka where she had recently discovered her father was born, her outlook on life and business was forever changed. “It was this full circle moment for me because I realized that my love for tea and the creation of this business was not just this haphazard thing that happened in my life,” Chandran says. “There is this true tie to my heritage and my familial background that really instigated all of this.”Chandran launched Tea Drops in 2015 as a culmination of her own experiences and frustration with the process of tea making.
Gone are the days when iced tea was merely a milquetoast diner drink order or a basic poolside sip. If you get creative, there are about as many as there are people interested in whipping up a fresh batch, not to mention the myriad health benefits of tea, from to .
To kick tea up a notch, add in a touch of effervescence, and you’ve upgraded your regular ol’ iced tea to a sparkling one that can safely pass at any barbecue or summery pool party. This is just what a new wave of sparkling tea brands are serving up, in both boozy and non-boozy forms that are each incredibly refreshing.
There’s a Lot More to Masala Chai Than Spiced Milk Tea
Born of colonial rule and Indian resistance, masala chai is more than just spiced milk tea. Epi contributor Leena Trivedi-Grenier traces the legacy of chai—and how Indians turned a tool of oppression into an enduring tradition—then shows you how to brew a great cup.I don’t even care. My chai ritual is a source of comfort, especially during difficult times, because it connects me to the flavors and traditions of my Gujarati family. These are the same flavors that have seen me through successes and struggles: marriage, difficult childbirths, professional losses and wins.
"Canned teas have always been popular in the summer, but many older brands contain a lot of added sugars, which I’ve noticed the newer options do not." —Keri Gans, RDN
When it comes to uber-trendy canned drinks, these sparkling teas present a fresh option for anyone who is fully seltzer’d out. (, but it’s already had its literal and figurative moment in the sun.) While canned iced tea is nothing new, the latest sparkling tea brands bring new wellness perks to the table. “Canned teas have always been popular in the summer, but many older brands contain a lot of added sugars, which I’ve noticed the newer options do not,” says nutritionist . Instead, they’re steeped with health benefit-boasting plants like jasmine and hibiscus, and infused with fresh fruits like blueberry and lime.
The Best Canned Cocktails for Summer Sipping
The Best Canned Cocktails for Summer SippingThis segment of the alcohol industry has boomed in recent years, with the last year alone seeing established brands and newcomers throwing their boozy hat into the ring. Think of it as the 2021 version of the almost-as-recent explosion of hard seltzers, the difference being these canned concoctions offer flavor profiles tasty enough to satisfy any discerning cocktail connoisseur.
Gallery: 28 Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks (24/7 Tempo)
And of course, because they’re teas, they bring along some of the wholesome nutrition typically tied to the brewed beverage in a way that plain seltzer just can’t. “Tea is known for containing flavonoids which have antioxidant properties,” says Gans, “and research has shown that they may help decrease the risk of heart disease and even prevent certain cancers.”
That said, in terms of these particular sparkling teas, Gans adds that they likely won’t contain the same potency of tea leaves and healthy herbs as a regular cup of tea would, so you’re not going to be reaping the same level of rewards. And to be clear, alcohol is not considered a nutritious ingredient in any regard. So if you are reaching for one of the boozy options, it's best to view your bevvie as a low-sugar canned cocktail versus a wholesome iced tea or something that offers health benefits, and it should therefore be consumed in moderation.
8 Matcha Benefits That Will Make You a Tea Drinker
Matcha is a form of green tea packed with good nutrition. Find out about its health benefits—and why you should sip it regularly. The post 8 Matcha Benefits That Will Make You a Tea Drinker appeared first on The Healthy.
Even so, if you enjoy the taste and feel inspired to drink sparkling tea on a hot summer day, these lower-ABV (meaning alcohol-by-volume) teas will provide you with a new option that is a far cry from the strong cocktails made with sugary mixers that we've typically served at cookouts, says, the owner of , in Stamford, Connecticut. “There are many hard iced teas emerging, and these are almost always lower in sugar and booze compared to the more decadent frozen cocktails that tend to be popular in the summer,” she says. And again, as with any alcoholic beverage, the amount you consume matters, adds Gans. “In terms of the health profile, a hard sparkling tea is similar to a light beer or vodka soda, so when you’re choosing among those, it’s just a matter of which you enjoy most taste-wise.”
On that note, we have a few favorites—both boozy and non-boozy—all of which sport crisp bubbles, and herbal, fruity flavors that are just the right amount of sweet.
Here are five RD-approved sparkling teas for sipping your way through summer
Gorin loves these alcohol-free sparkling selections from Rishi Tea. “They’re made with just water, tea, and natural flavorings like lemon and grapefruit—nothing artificial, and no added sugar, flavors, or extracts,” she says. Not to mention they include superfoods likeand , both of which have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
21 Chowder Recipes with Seafood
21 Chowder Recipes with Seafood
This non-alcoholic option from Sound contains 0 grams of sugar, making it a great choice for staying hydrated, says Gans. An added bonus: This flavor contains lavender, which has a, so you can say ahh and really mean it. All Sound beverages are also packaged in glass or BPA Non-Intent cans.
These boozy bevvies from Owl’s Brew are gluten-free and have no added flavors—and of course, they taste positively delightful, too. We’re big fans of this particular variety made with darjeeling tea and hibiscus flowers. A splash of cane sugar and natural fruit juices add sweetness to the, giving it a punchy, fruity flavor.
Just like the above, these hard options from Luck Springs are low in sugar and sweetened with fruit. While the lemonades are tea-less, the other fruity flavors—including the classic half-and-half Arnold Palmer—are all made withfor a subtle earthy taste.
While Loverboy has a few varieties of hard teas containing hibiscus and black teas, our favorite option taps white tea for a bright peachy, herbal taste. All the flavors are also lightly sweetened with, which is a sugar alternative that cause a blood-sugar spike.
Oh hi! You look like someone who loves free workouts, discounts for cult-fave wellness brands, and exclusive Well+Good content., our online community of wellness insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.
Enter Email Address
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Is the Color-Changing Drink That TikTok Users Love .
With a splash of lemon juice, the natural pigments in butterfly pea tea transform from blue to purple — all while packing the beverage with health benefits. What is Butterfly Pea Tea? "Butterfly pea flower tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea made by steeping butterfly pea flowers in water," explains Jee Choe, tea sommelier and founder of Oh, How Civilized, a tea and food blog. "The blue flowers color and flavor the water, creating a 'blue tea'" that has a mild earthy, floral flavor akin to light green tea.