Hello heat wave. Just before summer says goodbye, it overwhelms us with a few too many veggies and an unhealthy dose of heat and humidity.
Luckily(?), we’ve only had 1 power outage, so I’ve been able to whirl together all kinds of frozen drinks. My favorite so far has been a simple, 2-ingredient strawberry hibiscus tea.
To make Frozen Strawberry Hibiscus Tea, start by brewing a big batch of hibiscus flower tea. (You can use tea bags or dried hibiscus flowers. I use 1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers for every 2 cups of water and steep about 10 minutes.) Once it cools, pour some of the tea into standard ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Pop the remaining tea in the fridge.
When you’re ready to be refreshed, combine 1/2 cup of cold hibiscus tea with 1 cup of fresh sliced strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add 1 cup of the hibiscus tea ice cubes and blend again until smooth and icy. If you want the drink to be more slushy, blend in a few extra cubes. Simple as that.
Adding sweetener is up to you and the sweetness of your fruit. Give it a taste and adjust as you like. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon, lime or even grapefruit juice would be worth the effort. Play around! I’ve also made this drink with fresh raspberries- extra tart and refreshing. Peaches, you’re next on my list. Or, maybe blueberry hibiscus tea blended with extra blueberries? I’m loving the possibilities.
Stay cool everyone!
Hibiscus Flower Tea (Agua de Jamaica) from A Cozy Kitchen
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