What is Loaded Tea?
Loaded tea is an iced tea-based drink made with sweet flavors and often studded with a variety of mix-ins. It is a very popular beverage in the United States, particularly in the summer months, and is often served in restaurants, coffee shops, and other venues.
A basic loaded tea is made with iced tea. This can be any variety of black tea, green tea, or herbal tea, depending on the end product desired. Loads of sugar, either in the form of simple syrup, honey, agave, or other sweet flavors, is used to take the edge off the bitterness of some of the tea varieties.
The fun element of loaded tea is the addition of mix-ins. This can include:
- Fruits, such as lemons, limes, oranges, berries, and pineapple
- Vegetables, such as celery, peppers, jalapeños, and cucumbers
- Herbs and spices, such as mint, rosemary, ginger, and cloves
- Fruit juices and syrups
- Other liquids such as cream and coconut milk
The combination of tea and mix-ins can be creative and tailored to individual tastes.
Loaded tea is associated with numerous health benefits, depending on the type of tea and mix-ins used. Most of the benefits come from the tea itself, while the fruits, vegetables, and herbs provide additional vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, loaded tea is generally lower in calories and sugar than other sweetened beverages, making it a healthier choice.
Loaded tea is a refreshing, delicious, and customizable beverage that offers a variety of health benefits. Experiment with different teas and mix-ins to find your favorite combination, and enjoy the unique flavors that loaded tea offers.