Sunday, February 8, 2015

Zesty Hibiscus Tea - Herbal tea formula #4 in a series

Time for Tea

Zesty Hibiscus Tea

This is the third post in a series of herbal tea recipes on this blog, I hope you enjoy them.

Zesty Hibiscus Tea: A very flavorful tea that contains Vitamin C and is a beautiful pink color. A favorite both hot and iced, especially with a splash of lemon.



ZESTY HIBISCUS TEA Formula:

0.50 ounces  Dried Red Hibiscus Blossoms
0.50 ounces  Dried Rose Hips
0.50 ounces  Dried Peppermint Leaves
0.50 ounces  Dried Lemon Verbena Leaves
0.50 ounces  Cinnamon Bark Chips, crushed
0.50 ounces  Dried Orange Peel, crushed


Method:

Mix the dried herbs together.
Store air-tight in a cool dark place.


To Brew Herbal Tea:

Bring purified water to a boil in a stove-top kettle.
Place 1 to 2 teaspoons desired loose leaf herbal tea blend into a cup.
Pour about 1 cup boiling water over the herbs and cover the cup.
Allow to steep 5 minutes.
Strain and sweeten if desired.
Enjoy!


Sun Tea Preparation:

Fill a 1/2-gallon jar with purified water.
Fill a reusable tea bag with desired herbal tea formula (or pour herbs in jar and just strain out later).
Set the jar outside in the sunshine for 6 hours or so.
Chill the tea.


Tips:

You may use a bamboo tea strainer or Tea-ball to make straining your teas a snap.

At our house, we use a French coffee press to make bigger batches of tea - it works great!

Enjoy this herbal blend hot or iced.

Enjoy a cup on cold winter mornings and evenings to chase away the winter chill. They also help chase away colds and are so comforting. Try adding a squeeze of lemon and raw honey when serving. Or make it sugar-free by sweetening with Stevia Glycerite (recipe on this blog). About 4 drops Stevia Glycerite is all you need to sweeten your mug of herbal tea! We find that a cup of hot herbal tea helps us relax before bedtime.

During the heat of summer, try brewing as a sun tea, and then serve chilled with some Stevia Glycerite to lightly sweeten, maybe a splash of lemon or lime and lots of ice. Iced herbal tea makes a great thirst quencher and is so much better for your family than sugar-filled sodas, and such.

To your health,

Leila