Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fruity Hibiscus Tea

It's Spring and we are heading toward warmer weather, so I've been experimenting with different tea flavors. I like using as many real ingredients as I can, but sometimes we have to substitute or modify what we have on hand. This tea is cheery and bright and can also be heated for a warm evening drink.

5 Tablespoons dried Organic Whole Hibiscus Petals
½ cup dried cranberries (made without oil, sweetener or sulfur dioxide) or fresh cranberries
2 teaspoons fresh chopped ginger (I used jarred today, similar to this one - Emperor's Kitchen Condiments, Chopped Ginger , 4.5 oz )
4 cups boiled water

2 teaspoons Pure Maple Syrup, or to taste
2 cups fresh orange juice (I used Uncle Matt's Organic 100% orange juice today, as I was out of oranges ...)
cold water
Steep hibiscus, cranberries and ginger in the boiled water for about 7-10 minutes (until cranberries swell/pop); strain.
Add syrup and juice; stir. Top with enough cold water to make a total of 6 cups of tea.