Tea is awesome in every form. I drink at least few cups a day of mostly herbal or green tea and it always feels so good. In the summer I switch to ice tea. I helped organize a baby shower for one of my friends and when I heard the theme is supposed to be tea party I was like hell yeah! It took me while to figure out which tea to choose. My friend Laura made a strawberry rose champagne one and it was delicious. I went for a classic- good old hibiscus. I love the cranberry like flavor and slight tartness of the tea. What you see below is a huge batch so I’ll make a list for a 4 servings one.
For most ice teas you need to make them twice as strong, since you’ll be adding ice cubes to them. With hibiscus tea I noticed that slightly less is good too. I made tea in a cooking pot. Boil 8 cups of water and add 6 bags of tea, let it sit in the water for 5- 8 minutes.
In the meantime, I sliced lemon, chopped mint and strawberries. If you have frozen strawberries that’s even better since they’ll help to cool down the drink faster.
Since hibiscus is pretty tart you will need sugar or honey or both. For the smaller batch 1/2 cup of honey and 1 tablespoon of sugar should be fine. If anything, you can add more at the end. Honey and sugar melts easier when the tea is still warm but it’s best to wait before adding the rest of the fruit.
When the tea cooled down I added slices of lemon, mint and strawberries. I squeezed each slice of lemon to get more juice out of it. Tea doesn’t have to be super cold, room temperature is good enough. Then I added ice cubes on top, mixed and voila!
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- 6 bags of hibiscus tea
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
- a handful of fresh mint
- 1 cup of chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 lemon
- Bring 4 cups water to boil, turn off the heat and add 6 bags of hibiscus tea. Let it sit for 5- 8 minutes.
- Remove tea bags. Add honey and sugar and mix.
- When tea is cold add lemon, mint and strawberries and mix. Add ice cubes. Enjoy!