Tea, ice tea, are a favorite accompaniment with a meal, or to quench your thirst throughout the day, and are loved in virtually every country.
But, I wondered whether tea can be carbonated.
So, I did some research, and here’s the answer…
There are a few issues with making carbonated tea yourself, and you may be wondering whether ice tea is healthier for you than regular soda.
As well as, what the best brands of carbonated tea there are.
In this article I will explain everything you need to know about whether tea can be carbonated.
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Can You Make Tea With Carbonated Water?
Carbonated water is sold at room temperature or already cold.
And therefore to make tea with it you need to boil or microwave the soda water first.
But, does it work…
Here’s a video of a girl who made fizzy coffee by heating soda water.
She found it tasted kind of gross. But, it might just be an acquired taste:
In my opinion, if you drink carbonated tea often you might start to like it.
And at the end of the day, you won’t know whether you prefer standard tea or fizzy tea until you try it.
To make it yourself is quite easy and here’s how to do it…
How to make carbonated tea
There are two primary ways to make carbonated tea.
I described the first method above.
But there’s another method where you can make a cold carbonated tea – or fizzy tea.
You can do it by first using the method above, letting it cool down, and then put it in the fridge.
However, it’s generally not recommended to put hot food or drink into the fridge as it will strain your refrigerator motor.
Because your fridge has to work a lot harder to keep the fridge cold.
Now, the other method you could use is to brew a concentrated tea.
But, don’t worry it’s surprisingly simple.
Boil some hot water in an electric kettle or using your preferred method to boil the water.
Pour it into a cup but only fill it up halfway.
Then add two of the three tea bags to the cup.
This will make a really concentrated tea.
You can wait for it to cool, and then pour it into a bottle of soda water.
Or put a small amount in a glass and add soda water on top.
It’s up to you how much soda water you add to your concentrated tea mixture, and you should experiment to see what you think tastes the best.
You can also add some lemon or lime, and sugar if you like to make your own unique homemade iced tea soda.
Soda syphon or Sodastream to carbonate it
There are also two ways to carbonate water or tea at home, and the two most common ways are to use a Sodastream or soda syphon.
Both pumps compressed CO2 into water and make it fizzy.
With a Sodastream they don’t recommend carbonating anything other than water.
Because it creates too much foam which can damage the machine.
So, you should carbonate the water first, and then heat it.
Rather than making the tea and then carbonating it.
With a soda syphon device though you can carbonate tea.
I wrote more about the major differences between a Sodasteam and a soda syphon, and which is the cheapest to use, and how they compare to buying soda water.
Carbonated Tea Benefits
We all know we need to drink a good amount of water everyday to keep our bodies healthy.
But, are there any unique benefits to drinking carbonated tea? And does it count towards your daily water count?
Some people argue that tea, and coffee don’t count towards how much water you drink in a day.
The doctors at Web MD, however, state that recent studies have shown that a cup of soda, tea, and coffee counts as one cup of water.
For example, if it’s recommended you drink 8 cups of water, you can drink 2 cups of tea and 6 cups of water, and it’s the same as drinking 8 cups of water.
The CO2 used to make it fizzy doesn’t offer any unique health benefits when you compare fizzy tea versus a cup of hot tea.
Carbonated tea is less fizzy than carbonated water
It’s been observed in the world that if you heat carbonated water, the gas bubbles that are trapped in the soda will escape to the air faster.
And it has been expressed as a mathematical formula in physics according to the University of California.
Similar to the well known equation Speed = Distance / Time or V = d / t
So, a carbonated tea made by boiling the water first, and then adding a tea bag won’t be as fizzy as adding the tea concentrate to soda water.
But, overall both will still be noticeably fizzy.
Is Iced Tea a Carbonated Drink?
I always drank sodas when I was growing up, but never tried iced tea until I was a bit older.
You also might have never tried iced tea and be wondering whether it is carbonated.
Carbonated iced tea that you can buy in stores is very hard to find.
And the big name brands like Coca Cola and Pepsi don’t make carbonated iced tea.
They do, however, make other sodas that are technically carbonated iced tea.
Because they contain herbs, spices, sweeteners, and flavors, which are fizzy.
However, they’re a carbonated herbal tea.
And it’s quite common to come across Asian brands of iced tea that are made using green tea or jasmine blossoms.
But, these are usually unsweetened and you might not think they taste very good.
However, iced tea in everyday speech generally means cold black tea.
Is Drinking Iced Tea Better Than Soda?
As far as flavored drinks go there are a few different options.
You could go with iced tea, iced coffee, sodas, or juice.
But, I wanted to know whether drinking iced tea is better than soda.
So, I looked at the nutritional information and here’s what I found…
Here’s a table that shows a side by side comparison of Coca Cola, and Lipton Iced Tea, so you can see the difference in how much sugar and calories they have:
|Per 3.4 oz (100 mL) – just under ½ a cup||Coca Cola||Lipton iced tea|
Whether it’s carbonated or not doesn’t affect its calories or sugar content.
As far as taste goes, it depends on what you feel like at the time.
For example, I used to love drinking lemon or peach iced tea, and would buy it rather than Dr Pepper or Coke.
Because I didn’t like the strong fizzy mouth/throat feel or sodas.
But, you may really like sodas, and you might think it’s better than soda.
So, because it’s based on personal preference neither soda or iced tea is better than the other.
What brands of carbonated tea are there?
You can also buy carbonated tea, but because it’s hard to find you may be wondering what brands make it.
Here’s a quick list of some of the more well known brands.
However, traditional iced tea is made using black tea such as Ceylon tea.
And it has a distinctly different taste to herbal tea.