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This peppery version of a simple green tea fortifies the health properties of both ingredients. Green tea is a wonderful detoxifier and black pepper has a multitude of health benefits that includes burning fat and preventing new fat cells from forming. Black pepper also helps the body’s system in storing potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium. All those minerals promote a healthy balanced system by controlling blood pressure, providing antioxidants, stimulating oxygen circulation, and aiding in digestion. Everything in moderation, but adding a bit of black pepper to your green tea in the morning is a pretty good idea! In this recipe, we’ve sweetened it up a bit with lemon juice and agave syrup/honey, hope you enjoy!
BLACK PEPPER GREEN TEA
Makes 3-4 glasses // Prep Time: 15 minutes // Active Time: 5 minutes
- 3 cups filtered water
- 2 rounded tsp loose leaf or 2 sachets/bags green tea
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup or agave nectar
There are a couple different ways you can add black pepper to your tea - 1) You can just steep the black peppercorns with your tea at the same time and strain it all when your green tea is done brewing. Or 2) You can steep them differently with two different water temperatures (175°F for the green tea and 212°F for the black pepper) to really bring out the black pepper flavor and benefits. This proces is described below!
Heat 2 cups of the water to 175°F and steep green tea for 2-3 minutes. Remove (strain) tea and set aside for now.
Heat the other cup of water to 212°F (boiling) and steep black peppercorns for 5-10 minutes, depending on how peppery you'd like your tea, then remove (strain) the peppercorns.
Combine green tea and black pepper tea in a teapot or pitcher, serve and drink while it's hot. Add in some sweetener and lemon juice to taste, and feel free to experiment with this recipe to discover how you best like this combination to benefit from the properties of this peppery brew! Enjoy!