Green tea is, undoubtedly, one of the single most popular healthy drinks in the world -- and it has definitely got its reputation for all the right reasons. Here on our tea blog, we are huge fans of tea, and since we know you are too, we want to help you answer all the questions you might have about tea in all its forms and colors -- including green tea. For instance, if you have landed here looking for an answer to "what's in a green tea shot?", you are in the right place.
Read on if you want to learn more about green tea shots and what they really are (you might be shocked!).
Green Tea: The Ultimate Health Drink
The benefits of green tea are not news to most people anymore. Some of the most popular ones include weight loss, increased immunity against diseases, better skin, improved heart health and so on. The list is quite long. However, what you might not know is that green tea has been around since ancient times in Asia as a natural remedy for several conditions -- including skin problems!
Of course, these are all health benefits you might be at least vaguely familiar with. What might surprise you is that green tea shots have virtually none of the health benefits of green tea.
Read on to find out why.
What's In A Green Tea Shot?
A green tea is what you get when you boil loose green tea in water, strain the leaves and what is left over -- all of which are healthy compounds in their own right -- and consume it in a concentrated liquid form.
What exactly are these healthy components that you are consuming? Generally speaking, there are three different types of ingredients that come together to make what can only be described as an incredibly healthy beverage.
First of all, there are the enzymes found naturally in green tea leaves. These enzymes work by calming your body's natural inclination towards inflammation -- something most people may not know but they should because inflammation has been linked with several diseases including cancer! This is probably one of the main reasons why drinking green tea everyday can be one of the wisest choices you can make.
Then, there are what are known as "catechins" -- which is what makes up most of the high antioxidant content in green tea leaves and what is also what gives black and green tea its color. Catechins have been linked to various health benefits including weight loss and cardiovascular protection.
Finally, what you are probably most familiar with are the caffeine and theobromine. However, what we should make clear is that since green tea has significantly less caffeine than what comes from coffee drinks -- approximately 25 percent of what is found in a cup of black coffee.
So, what's in a green tea shot?
If you are looking to learn about the green tea shots you might have gotten at parties, I'm here with bad news: there's actually no green tea in those. That makes them not only alcoholic (which they are, and quite so), but also lacking in pretty much all the health benefits of green tea. So if you were hoping that green tea shots at least have some sort of health benefit, then I'm the bearer of bad news.
Green Tea Shots: FAQs
What ingredients are in a green tea shot?
Green tea shots are usually made with whiskey, peach schnapps, and lemon (or other citric juices).
Do green tea shots get you drunk?
Yes, absolutely. They are highly-alcoholized shots and they will get you drunk. How many of these shots will get you drunk depends on your resistance to alcohol.
Are green tea shots good for you?
No, not really. The green tea shots you get at the club are just as bad for you as any alcohol is -- and they don't have actual green tea in them.