Golden Stake Cocktail
Most everyone has heard of the classic Rusty Nail cocktail, comprised of 1 part Drambuie and 2 parts scotch. We have updated this classic to make a green tea cocktail with IEGT, Drambuie, scotch, and thyme syrup. In keeping with the original’s name, we call this the IEGT Golden Stake because it tastes even better and combines the antimicrobial properties of thyme with the 300 mg of antioxidants found in every packet of IEGT.
The first Rusty Nail appeared in New York in 1937 but then virtually disappeared. No one knows exactly why but the Rusty Nail reappeared in the 1950-s and we are very happy that it did. The origin of the name is just as mysterious as its vanishing act and then reappearance. Some say the name refers to rusted nails on wooden cases of Drambuie that were dumped into the river during prohibition. This does not make a great deal of sense, however, because prohibition was repealed in 1933, four years before the cocktail was first introduced. Another story is that a bartender mixed the cocktail with a rusty nail – we doubt too many folks would have partaken if that were true!
While this cocktail does require a bit of work, the work is very easy and well worth the effort. Make the Thyme Syrup by combining 1 cup of granulated sugar with ½ cup of water over medium heat. Once the sugar completely melts into the water, steep 12 fresh thyme sprigs in the syrup for 20 minutes and then strain. To ensure the syrup does not crystalize, stir in 1 tsp corn syrup.
- 1 packet IEGT Pure Green Tea
- ½ oz Thyme Syrup
- 1 oz Drambuie
- 2 oz Scotch (use a good quality blended scotch)
- Garnish with a Cocktail Cherry (optional)
- Combine the IEGT, thyme syrup, Drambuie, and scotch in a cocktail mixing glass with ice.
- Stir for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a rocks glass and top with fresh ice.
- Garnish with cocktail cherry (optional).
- Enjoy responsibly.
About the Benefits of Green Tea:
Over the past couple of years, many people have woken up to the many benefits of peach green tea. Even with the popularity growing, most people are still unaware of what peach green tea is and how it can significantly improve their health.
Most people reading this article are already familiar with peaches: the juicy, delicious, fuzzy pit fruit that bruises easily.
While you may be partially correct in assuming that peach tea is a flavored drink, the fact is that it is more than that. Whether it is blended with regular tea or herbal tea, made with peachtree leaves or fresh peaches, peach tea offers many health benefits.
If you haven't climbed on to the peach green tea bandwagon yet, we suggest that you read this article to discover what you may be missing out on.
What Is Peach Green Tea?
It is important not to confuse peach green tea with peach tea; the latter is technically tea that is made from the fruit or leaves of the peach tree, which botanists refer to as Prunus Persica.
Our peach green tea is green tea brewed with peaches and ensures that people get the best benefits of both worlds.
Peach fruit tea is another very popular beverage in the world of teas. It is mainly prepared using fruits, aka peaches, blended with other teas like regular green tea.
The most common blend is with black tea, also referred to as peach black tea. However, our peach green tea is known for its refreshing, sweet, and robust flavor, while it does away with the time needed to specifically prepare peach fruit tea since it tastes almost every bit the same.
The Caffeine Content in Peach Green Tea
Depending on what type of peach green tea you opt to drink, the caffeine content will vary. However, pure peach fruit tea or even peach leaf tea does not have any caffeine.
Green tea packets that blend real green tea, i.e., the Camellia Sinensis plant, do have some caffeine. The exact amount of caffeine in the tea is hard to say since each blend is different.
Though commonly, a cup of peach black tea will have higher caffeine content than a cup of peach green tea. That said, the caffeine content of green tea is technically lower than most other beverages, such as coffee.
Our decaffeinated peach tea contains less caffeine than most other peach green teas,
So, if you are worried about it keeping you up at night, that does not happen for most people who stick to drinking green tea.
The caffeine content in our peach green tea is less than you'd find in any regular green tea. However, the benefit of our peach green tea packets is that, unlike regular green tea, they taste like peaches and yet carry all the benefits of green tea.
If anything, it helps you avoid taste fatigue which can often be associated with drinking the same beverage multiple times a day. Also, having a bit of variety ensures that you continue to look forward to your next cup of peach green tea, or any other type for that matter.
Regardless of what type of peach green tea you consume, the benefits are almost the same. You get all the benefits of green tea and then some. Below we'll examine some of the benefits associated with consuming our peach green tea.
Loaded With Antioxidants
We can't have enough antioxidants in our bodies, since they are responsible for protecting our cells and limiting the damage caused by free radicals (you know, the thing that’s been heavily associated with aging).
Furthermore, antioxidants also bolster the immune system, which is why it is so important to consume peach green tea (or green tea in general) during the so-called flu season.
Since peaches are excellent antioxidants themselves, when combined with regular green tea, the effects are turbocharged. Peach green tea also contains chlorogenic acid, which too is an antioxidant with various health benefits.
It has been found that tea prepared with peaches or containing peaches can prevent oxidative stress within the body, helping people look younger by mainly improving the texture and health of their skin.
Helps Fortify The Immune System
The immune system is responsible for fighting off viral and bacterial attacks. A weak immune system means we fall sick more often. Almost every peach green tea brand advertises its immune-boosting effects, which comes down to the antioxidants in the tea.
Along with antioxidants, peach green tea also has Vitamin C, which helps build up the body's natural defenses, boost the immune system, and heals wounds faster.
Vitamin C also destroys free radicals, which reduces stress at a cellular level. That's why a few cups of green tea a day during winter turns out to be more beneficial health-wise compared to any other beverage.
Improves Heart Health
When you buy commercially available green tea packs, it's hard not to notice the claim that they are good for the heart.
While it may come across as slick marketing, the fact is that peach green tea is rich in minerals and vitamins, which help to improve the health of all the blood vessels and arteries. Healthy blood vessels and arteries means that the heart does not have to work as hard to pump blood throughout the rest of your body.
Additionally, the potassium content in peach green tea helps with metabolizing carbohydrates and stabilizing electrolyte levels, essentially lowering the body's blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
There is also some limited research suggesting the presence of Vitamin B17 gives peach green tea cancer-fighting abilities.
Helps Keep Teeth and Bones Strong
Peach green tea packs or bags, as they are called, also have an excellent amount of fluoride and calcium, which are needed by the body to keep the bones strong.
That's why consuming green tea, in general, helps the body fight off infections, lower the risk of osteoporosis (a bone degeneration condition), and improves bone density.
Many researchers have over the years stated that even a single cup of green tea a day could make a major difference to bone health over a period of several years. However, people at a higher risk of these bone-related conditions would have to drink multiple cups daily.
Helpful For People Who Want to Lose Fat
Many people see their weight as being the enemy. Sure, being overweight isn't good, but weight measurement can be deceptive since it also includes muscles and bones. Ideally, you will want to lose weight in the form of fat and not muscles since muscles are what help us feel and get strong.
Peach green tea is the perfect beverage for those who want to lose fat tissue. The tea's metabolism-boosting effects mean that your body can burn more fat in a short time. When coupled with daily exercise, it can help speed up the process.
Furthermore, our zero-calorie content of peach green tea with zero sodium, cholesterol, and sugar means that it will not affect your daily calorie count. That's why if you are on a weight loss journey, a few cups of peach green tea should be in order.
Lowers Your Blood Sugar
Many studies around green tea have found that it contains various compounds that research has found to play an imperative role in lowering blood sugar levels.
The same compounds are also responsible for protecting the skin from sun damage. A few limited research studies have even explored treating type-2 diabetes with peach green tea.
Beneficial For Eyesight and General Eye Health
Peach green tea has a compound called beta-carotene, which is primarily a precursor of Vitamin A. The compound is highly effective at protecting the retina and improving or maintaining good vision.
Daily consumption of peach green tea has been shown to help people who complain of vision problems, usually associated with aging and night blindness.
People who have a family history of night blindness may benefit from the daily consumption of green tea to prevent it. However, those who already have night blindness will want to do more than just consume green tea.
Helps to Relieve Stress
Since peach green tea has a great deal of magnesium content, it can help calm the nerves, which relieves stress. The ability to relieve stress also means that it can help people who suffer from mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
However, people with mental health issues are also strongly advised to seek medical help. That said, a few cups of green tea a day is an adverse effect-free way of giving your body a chance to fight anxiety and depression throughout the day.
It can also, as we'll examine later on, help you perform better at work or school.
Detoxes The Body
Another widely known benefit of drinking peach green tea multiple times a day is that it helps get rid of toxins in the body. The fiber and potassium in the tea help facilitate bowel movement, thus helping avert numerous digestive issues like gastritis, constipation, stomach ulcers, and colitis. In addition, daily consumption can also help eliminate toxic waste that builds up in the body over time, thus promoting the healthy functioning of the liver and kidneys.
Helps To Boost Brain Function
Green tea contains an ingredient called caffeine. Generally speaking, all teas have some caffeine content except for if they are decaffeinated.
While you might have heard various rumors about how bad caffeine is for the body, the fact is that those are regarding highly concentrated doses.
The caffeine content in peach green tea, for instance, is one-third the amount in coffee; that's what makes it so beneficial for healthy brain function.
Caffeine is a known stimulant, but when combined with L-theanine (another compound in green tea), it helps to relax the brain by mainly creasing the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA.
The knock-on effect is an increase in dopamine production and alpha waves, which is responsible for keeping us alert. Limited research shows that drinking a cup of peach green tea while working can help improve productivity.
In addition to helping improve brain function, green tea may also be able to protect our brains from aging, according to preliminary research studies.
These studies may indicate that the contents in green tea could have potential benefits in decreasing the likelihood of Alzheimer's disease in people who are at higher risk of getting it.
Another neurodegenerative disease, which involves the death of neurons in the brain responsible for producing dopamine, is Parkinson's disease.
While Parkinson's disease is seen as incurable, several studies suggest that the catechin compounds in green tea can help protect the neurons in the brain.
Various test tubes and animal models of this study have shown promise and suggest that green tea can help lower the risk of dementia, which is a memory-deficit brain disease.
Could Reduce Bad Breath
It is said that the average peach green tea packet has more than enough catechins to improve your oral health. In a couple of recent test-tube studies, catechins were responsible for suppressing the growth of bacteria, consequently lowering the risk of infections.
Bad breath is caused by a bacteria called streptococcus mutans, which is commonly found in the mouth. In addition to causing bad breath, the bacteria also lead to the formation of plaque, later tooth decay, and consequently, cavities.
Many studies show that the catechins in green tea can help inhibit bacteria growth in the mouth. However, these studies are restricted to lab results for the moment.
That's why we have to rely on anecdotal evidence from people, many of whom claim that a cup of peach green tea in the morning helps keep their breath smelling fresh.
Could Prevent Cardiovascular Diseases
One of the leading causes of death in America happens to be heart disease and stroke, both of which are related to a compromised cardiovascular system.
In the past few years, some studies have shown that there may be a relationship between the consumption of green tea and improvement in the risk factors associated with these diseases.
Green tea can help with improving total cholesterol as well as lowering LDL or bad cholesterol levels.
The consumption of green tea also helps increase the number of antioxidants in the blood, which is part of the mechanism that prevents LDL particles from oxidizing. For those who may not be aware, it is LDL oxidation that, over time, leads to heart disease.
Given how beneficial green tea consumption is on the risk factors, it may not be surprising that people who drink green tea regularly are at a 31% lower risk of dying from what doctors term cardiovascular issues.
Furthermore, since compounds in green tea can help protect our bodies against heart disease and cancer, it stands to reason that we can live longer as a result.
A study involving 14,001 elderly Japanese adults found that those drinking green tea regularly were 76% less likely to die during the study period, which was run for six years.
It was also found that green tea consumption lowered death in women by 23% compared to 12% in men. It also lowered instances of heart diseases in women by 31% compared to 22% in men.
The same goes for death from a stroke which was lowered to 42% for women and 35% for men.
In a nutshell, peach green tea is an excellent way to consume a beverage that tastes great and comes packed with a laundry list of health benefits.
Add green tea to your diet, and you'll gradually see that many of the health issues you are struggling with now will either disappear or not be as frequent.
FAQs -Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the best time to consume peach green tea?
A. Well, technically speaking, you can drink peach green tea at any time. However, if you want to benefit from the drink's antioxidant powers, it should be consumed in between meals. That means drinking peach green tea two hours before and then two hours after the meal. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from drinking it during other parts of the day.
Q. Are there any side effects of drinking peach green tea?
A. Most people will not experience any adverse effects of drinking peach green tea. However, the adverse effects reported by a tiny minority are caused by the caffeine content in the drink.
These same people will feel the adverse effects of other caffeine-based drinks too. The adverse effects will include nervousness, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, sleeping problems, and irritability.
In a few extreme cases, people who drink green tea will experience dizziness, irregular heartbeat, hearing a ringing in the ears, confusion, convulsions, and tremors.
It is important to emphasize that these are in extreme cases and for people who are sensitive to caffeine.
Most people will never experience any adverse effects. However, if you are sensitive, we'd advise that you buy and drink decaffeinated green tea and related beverages.
Q. Does green tea reduce stomach fat?
A. While it may sound like a tall claim, and many peach green tea companies put this claim into their marketing material, it is based on research.
Several studies have shown that drinking peach green tea can help shed a few pounds, mainly from the stomach region.
The fat melts away mainly because green tea is generally packed with various antioxidants and nutrients, which raises the body's metabolism, making it easier to lose weight and boost health.
However, you can turbocharge the fat-burning effects of green tea by engaging in light daily to moderate exercises. Exercises like walking, running, or jogging will help you burn additional fat.
Adding weight lifting exercises to your regime a few times a week will help you get stronger and ensure long-term metabolic benefits.
Q. Does peach green tea cause kidney damage?
A. It is hard to say because experts are still unsure. Most health experts don't have conclusive evidence to suggest that drinking green tea damages the kidneys.
However, what is certain is that, unlike many other beverages, peach green tea tastes great and has nearly zero calories. Also, there is research that shows a direct correlation between drinking green tea and a lower risk of developing kidney stones.
Considering everything we know today about peach green tea and green tea in general, we'd say it's best to consume a few cups of the beverage each day.
Q. Should we drink water before drinking peach green tea?
A. We would advise against drinking peach green tea on an empty stomach. In fact, that goes for any type of tea or coffee since it can dehydrate the body, leading to several potential health issues.
That's why it is best to start your day off by drinking a glass of water before drinking peach green tea. Doing this will help keep all the nutrients intact.
Q. Can honey be added to green tea?
A. You don't want to add honey to green tea when it is hot. We all love adding a bit of honey to our green tea because of its many health benefits and also because it is a healthier alternative to sugar.
That said, the best way to add honey is to let the green tea cool down a few degrees, then pour in the honey. Doing this helps retain all the beneficial qualities of honey. So, not only does honey sweeten the drink but it adds a few extra health benefits to the equation.