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Hibiscus Sangria Recipe

Recently, I posted a review of Hibiscus Sangria by The Republic of Tea. It was a little difficult to get all the flavors just right in this iced tea, but I found that marinating the strawberries in the tea for a while in the fridge gave it that extra fruity sweetness.

I received an e-mail today from the Republic with a recipe for making Hibiscus Sangria with additional fruit flavors. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would be really good. I figured I’d post the recipe now, so you have a chance to try it yourself.

Ingredients

• 3 ¼ cups ( 26 fl. oz) The Republic of Tea Sangria Hibiscus Tea
• 4 tablespoon The Republic of Tea Simple Syrup.
• Juice of 1 large orange
• Juice of 1 large orange
• Juice of 1 large lemon
• 1 large orange, sliced thin crosswise
• 1 large lemon, sliced thin crosswise
• 2 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
• 1 cup (8 fl. oz) club soda

Preparation

• Combine all the ingredients except for the club soda in a large heat resistant punch bowl or serving pitcher
• Mix well and refrigerate overnight.
• Immediately before serving, mix in the club soda.
• Ladle into cups with ice cubes.
(Recipe taken from their Web site here. It also has a link to buy the iced tea bags, if you haven’t tried them yet.)

They used their own brand of simple syrup, but I think you can make your own or use any kind of sweetner you want.

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think. I’ll update when I’ve had a chance to try it.

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Summertime Fruit Tea

Hibiscus Sangria Tea
by Republic of Tea
(Available at the Republic’s site or in stores)

Missouri’s temperatures have been holding steady at 90+. Of course, we were sweltering in May too. Nothing like starting summer in what feels like mid-August. Sometimes hot tea, no matter how tasty the flavor, is just not an option (especially the more uncomfortable I feel in the heat—see my pregnancy announcement).

When we decided to honor our fathers on Sunday with a cookout, iced tea was a must. The Republic of Tea has quenched our early summer thirst with a satisfying fruity, floral blend. Hibiscus Sangria is an iced tea inspired by the tangy flavor of hibiscus and the seasonal juicy fun of the Sangria drink. Fruit bits and petals are roughly chopped in this eco-friendly tea bag, and you get 1 quart of refreshing flavor with each.

Because I’m obsessed with getting the most flavor out of every cup, I used two tea bags for my pitcher.

For ease of brewing, I used my Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker. It beats having to watch the water boil and steep the bags, especially when you’re busy preparing the cookout side items.

The fabulous ruby red color makes it eye-catching and you know it’s strong enough.

Paired with a chicken burger, coleslaw, watermelon slices, and potato casserole, this fruity tea hits the spot out on the patio. It’s refreshing but not super fruity. Adding chopped berries enhances the fruit flavors and gives your glass a touch of class.

What are your favorite iced tea flavors?

Summer is here! Sip iced tea!

*Update 6/24/11* Definitely leave the chopped fruit in the pitcher for a while, so all the flavors can mingle. The fruit will enhance the fruity taste in the tea. Otherwise, it’s just tangy, not really fruity. However, once you’ve done this, you have tasty tea but lousy fruit. Don’t try to eat the leftover fruit in the empty pitcher. The taste has been sucked right out of them. All you have is mush!

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Red Delicious


Flush of Red
by Owens Acres

(Order here through Local Harvest.)

No, not apples. I was recently introduced to the hibiscus craze. I have to say, I was blown away. It’s a pretty flower, very tropical and exotic, but its taste is divine.

I like to browse the Local Harvest site from time to time, picking up some new remedies and herbal wonders. One of my favorite farms is Owens Acres. Laura Owens is a certified herbalist, creating everything from healing salves to lavender sachets to herbal tea. I ordered her Flush of Red tea and was amazed by the flavor.

The loose mixture of rose petals and lavender is very pleasant, but its the hibiscus that leaves you feeling surprised and satisfied. I had no idea a flower could release such fruity bursts of refreshing taste. I was so surprised, I double-checked the package, thinking there was cranberry or raspberry hidden within. Dried hibiscus infused in hot water has a natural cranberry/raspberry flavor that has just the right strength and infuses immediately upon steeping. The tea turns a deep red and you can smell the flavors blending in perfect harmony.

And, for those of you who get a little thrill from seeing whole flower heads in your loose leaf, you’ll be pleased to find the rosehips. The lavender buds, too, are irreplaceable, adding a soft and almost minty tone to the overall fruit-filled blast of flavor. (I wasn’t going to use the word blast because it reminds me of a Kool-Aid commercial, but there’s just no better way to describe the intense fruit flavor of the mysterious hibiscus flower.

I would encourage you to try Flush of Red, as well as browse Local Harvest. It’s a good way to support farmers, ranchers, and herbalists around the country who have so much to offer.

If you’re interested in joining the hibiscus craze, Republic of Tea also offers a variety of hibiscus tea blends in a collection they call Hibiscus Superflower.

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