We sip tea on the daily in this household. On the couch with Netflix or the Toronto Raptors bouncing around in front of us, on the deck in the sweet summer evenings, in the kitchen as we prep, formulate and invent new(or old) recipes/meals and even (gasp!) in bed with a good book. We don’t drink coffee in our home simply because we can’t be bothered. I am not a fan and if my man wants some he goes to a local cafe where they can make it much better than we can. So, we stick to tea. (speaking of tea have you checked out my guide to making your own herbal tea blend?)
I love those quiet moments that come with a good cuppa tea. I cherish that stillness when it arises. In a city like Toronto, it doesn’t last long but if you ask me- it’s well worth the wait. I have found that tea can be the perfect answer to almost anything- be it a bad hangover (try a blend of green tea, ginger and nettle), feeling unmotivated (try an adaptogenic blend with mushrooms), need to fall asleep (try lemon balm, passionflower or lavender), need to open up your heart (anything ROSE). You name it, tea has an answer. For this recipe I wanted a tasty answer to the common cold. Part tea, part juice, but all in all, a healing elixir.
Hibiscus is one of my all time fav teas. High in antioxidants it is a crusher of colds and sickness (I’m looking at you free radicals). I usually enjoy it in the summer over ice with some fresh berries mixed in but have found that it pairs really well with citrus. The tart notes balance well in this recipe with the sweet orange and honey while the ginger adds that little kick that we all need every once and awhile. This recipe has only five ingredients making it so simple with little preparation needed. I like to throw together a double or triple batch and then just heat it up as needed over a couple of days.
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This sweet and tart elixir is great for your immunity and makes the perfect tea to sip on throughout the day. With only five ingredients it is quick, easy and delicious!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Beverage
- Cuisine: vegan, dairy free, paleo
1 cup hibiscus tea (2 tsp hibiscus steeped for 15 min in 1 cup boiling water)
1/2 cup fresh pressed orange juice
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
Strain tea and orange juice through a fine mesh sieve into a mug. Add the freshly grated ginger, honey and lemon juice. Mix and enjoy!
After steeping your hibiscus you can save them and steep them at least one more time but for a little longer.