Have you ever heard of maple water before? the ever so slightly sweet water collected from maple trees before making maple syrup is available right now in Ontario and I always try to get my hands on a fresh bottle. If you can’t get any fresh there are boxed versions which have been pasteurized(imo not quite as good as the fresh stuff) so I try and get it while I can.
Maple water is touted as another post workout electrolyte enhancer (much like coconut water) as it is filled with minerals. I would recommend adding a pinch or two of sea salt to your water if you use it post workout. The flavour is not as sweet as coconut water which I like- it almost tastes like a glass of water with just the tiniest hint of maple syrup to it.
This recipe is just sweet enough without adding any sweetener. It is a light, floral tea that is perfect for those summer nights. Using hibiscus, calendula, lemongrass and fresh or frozen raspberries to infuse the maple water this tea carries incredible nutritional benefits.
Hibiscus. High in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory. Hibiscus is one of my favourite culinary flowers to use. Check out my Strawberry Honey Hibiscus Shrub, Blood Orange Cauliflower Smoothie and my Hibiscus Healer Elixir.
Calendula. Calendula is anti-inflammatory and is also a great herb to use for any skin ailments. Calendula can help with stimulating menstruation as well as relieving PMS symptoms. It should be noted that calendula is not recommended to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding so best just to leave it out.
Lemongrass. A good herb to help with digestive issues while also giving your tea a nice fresh citrus-y taste. I also love using it in soups like my Thai Coconut Cauliflower Soup.
This tea would also make a really great electrolyte replenisher after a workout. Just add a large pinch of sea salt and maybe a little spoon of raw honey.
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Maple Water Herbal Iced Tea
A delicately sweet iced herbal tea that uses maple water as the base. Perfect for spring when maple water is at it’s peak. If you can’t get it fresh there are also bottled versions at most grocery stores these days!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving
- Category: Beverage
- Cuisine: Herbal
2 cups maple water
1/2 tbsp dried hibiscus
1/4 tsp dried calendula flowers*
1/2 tsp chopped, dried lemongrass
1/8 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
squeeze of lime juice
fresh berries and orange slices for serving.
Heat the maple water over medium heat in a small pot. Once the maple water has just reached a boil remove from the heat and add your herbs and the raspberries. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. After the tea has steeped strain the herbs and berries out and let it cool. Add lime juice to taste and serve it over ice with fresh berries and citrus wedges. Enjoy!
*Omit calendula if pregnant or breastfeeding