From the recipe archives, first posted September 2010. Updated with a new photo. -Jen
Soda can be a hard habit to break. If you’re looking for a tasty alternative try making your own tea soda. It’s easy to make, and can be customized to your tastes. Simply brew double strength tea (I like the combination of green tea with a fruity herbal tea like hibiscus) and serve with plenty of ice and some sparkling water. Here’s a simple hibiscus green tea soda recipe to get you started.
Hibiscus Green Tea Soda
1 green tea bag
1 hibiscus herbal tea bag
1 cup water, heated just to boiling
1 to 2 teaspoons honey, agave nectar or desired sweetener (optional)
Sparkling water, seltzer or club soda, chilled
In a heatproof container, steep green and herbal tea bags in heated water for 4 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Add honey or desired sweetener to tea; stir to dissolve. Chill tea mixture for at least 1 hour. To serve, fill 2 glasses with ice. Divide tea mixture between glasses. Top with sparkling water.
Makes 2 servings
Tip: The best part of making your own tea soda is that you can control the sweetness. If you enjoy drinking unsweetened iced tea, don’t add any sweetener. For a flavor boost add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice.