lychee black tea
13 May, 2022 | Bon Tea Cafe Updated 2022

Your Ultimate Guide to Lychee Black Tea

Lychee tea is a black tea that has been mixed with lychee fruit. It's a unique kind of perfumed tea. The tea does not include lychee chunks, but rather a delicious flavor of the fruit that has been combined with black tea. China's Tang period produced lychee black tea. Many people all over the world enjoy it because of its fresh flavor and lovely scent.

This tea goes well with spicy and savory foods and may be served hot or cold. Lychee black tea, lychee bubble tea, lychee green tea, and lychee jelly bubble tea are all variations of this drink.

What is black lychee tea?

Lychee black tea is a distinctive Chinese fragrant tea. It's a black tea perfumed with lychees roasted with tea leaves. A lychee tree produces a tiny fruit with white flesh and pink skin. Lychee is easy to peel and consume raw. It is native to Guangdong province in China. Although it is also grown in other Asian nations. The tea, on the other hand, is made entirely of black tea leaves with a delicious fruity lychee flavor. Lychee has a sweet, tropical flavor that complements the richness of Chinese black tea.

How to make lychee black tea

lychee black tea

You can make fragrant tea in two ways: with a standard infuser or a teapot or with a smaller Chinese teapot of the same leaves.

Bring a pot of fresh spring water to a rolling boil. Pour hot water in and out of your teaware to preheat it. Wait till the water temperature reaches 200°F. Steep for 3-5 minutes using one teaspoon of tea leaves per cup of water.

If you want to re-steep the same leaves for a stronger taste, use roughly 2 teaspoons of tea per 130 ml of water. To warm the teapot, pour hot water in and out. The initial step should last around 20 seconds. Increase the steeping time by 10-30 seconds for repeated infusions.

You can also make ice tea from Lychee black tea. Mix a stronger cup of hot lychee black tea with some water to make a stronger cup. Make a stronger lychee hot tea by adding more water and serving it over ice. Alternatively, chill your brew overnight.

Benefits of Lychee Black Tea

The most noticeable advantages of lychee black tea are its capacity to help with digestion, weight loss, and heart protection, among other things.

Cardiovascular Health Improvement

Because of its high potassium content, this tea can help decrease blood pressure while also protecting against atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.

Strengthening Immune System

Vitamin C in this tea boosts your immune system, helping to promote white blood cell production and protect you from the common cold and flu.

Anticancer Activity

A 2017 study published in the Nutrients journal found that lychee, technically known as Litchi chinensis, has anticancer effects. We need more research to understand its anticancer potential properly. These qualities are ascribed to bioactive chemicals found in the seeds, pulps, and peel.

Digestion Support

The caffeine and antioxidants in this tea were thought to help accelerate and smooth the digestive process after a heavy meal.

Weight Loss Aid

Caffeinated drinks can boost metabolism, allowing you to burn fat more quickly and achieve your weight reduction objectives.

Instructions in Detail

Step one: Prepare the lychee

The lychee or litchi's skin is reddish and easily peeled. 

Inside, there is an oblong stone or hole. You should separate the meat and the pit. The peduncle's pit is the sole place where lychee flesh sticks. Remove the pit and gather the flesh of around 5 lychees for one cup of tea. If using canned lychee, make one cup of tea with six fruits. To extract the use, smash 2-3 lychees using a pestle and mortar. We'll use half of the lychee juice and save the rest for later.

Step two: Brewing sweet lychee black tea

You can make it in two ways, depending on your tastes and how much time and work you want to put in.

If you want a bitter and strong tea, go for the Instant Brew. You can prepare it with litchi flesh to get the most out of it. With time, though, the tea will get stronger and more bitter. The sweet scent of lychee, on the other hand, will substantially minimize the bitterness. If you want your tea to be hot, choose the hot brewing method.

Instant brew

Steeping time should be approximately 3-4 minutes at around 190 0F, depending on the variety of tea. When tea leaves are steeped longer, and at a higher temperature, more tannins are released, and the tea becomes more bitter.

However, we must steep the tea for long periods of time to get the most flavor and aroma from the lychee. Litchi's sweetness and the scent will help to balance out the tea's harshness.

We can achieve this by heating water in a pot to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have an instant-read thermometer, simply boil until the water is constantly boiling. Combine the tea leaves, sugar, and crushed lychees in a mixing bowl. Allow them to steep for 5-6 minutes over medium heat.

Then remove the tea from the heat and filter it through a metal strainer. Allow the tea to cool before filtering through a plastic strainer if you don't have a metal strainer. Serve immediately if you want to enjoy it hot. You may also make a lychee sweet milk tea with it.

Alternatively, chill it and serve it as iced lychee tea with some fresh lychees. Roasting lychee with tea leaves produces true lychee tea. I tried to recreate the same effect with instant brewed tea by boiling them together. Both tastes are more prominent in this type of tea. The tea gives it an aromatic, rich, and moderately bitter flavor, while the lychees provide sweetness and smell.

Brew overnight

lychee black tea

An easy and mess-free way is to boil lychee tea overnight. However, time is required since the tea tastes must be brewed cold. To steep the tea bags, use boiling water. Teabags, crushed lychees, and sugar. Remove the tea bags after 3 minutes of steeping.

Allow it to cool before closing the jar. Place the container in the refrigerator to allow the tea to absorb all of the litchi fruits' taste and smell. Shake well the next morning and serve with ice for ice lychee tea or milk for a cool fruit-scented milk tea. Don't forget to top up with the lychee fruits you saved.

Final Thoughts

One of the most refreshing teas to try is lychee black tea. It is commonly prepared as iced tea. And many people enjoy it in this form. Everybody should try this tea at least once.