When summer drinks hydrate and improve your skin health at the same time!
One of my favourite ways to stay cool through the summer is with a light, not-too-sweet Botanical iced Tea. This year the recipe came from Javid doing experiments at home for his job as an event coordinator at a local farm. We had a number of taste testing rounds and this one was the WINNER, hands down.
We used tea leaves in bags for the base and then added to them to tweak the taste. Green tea and mint are a Moroccan tea staple, which I also like to have cold and sweet in the summer time. The Raspberry Zinger tea we use comes from Celestial Seasonings. It is a blend of red raspberry leaves, roseships, hibiscus, and orange peel. The added herbs from my garden elevate the tea to the next level.
The herbs and florals - mint, lemon balm, rose petals and red raspberry leaves - can be used fresh or dried. They all come from my garden. I like to harvest and dry them throughout the summer so that I have some to use in the cold months. You can also add fresh fruit. Use the recipe as a base and then let your creative juices flow!
Ingredients that Improve your Skin health
Rose petals, lemon balm, mint, green tea, hibiscus, orange peel, lemon for skin, red raspberry leaf, and rose hips provide various bioactive compounds and phytonutrients that can offer potential health benefits.
Red Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe
The amount of ingredients used in the receipt is all to my taste. If you find the tea too weak, then add more of everything. If you find it too strong, just add water.
The tea also makes a beautiful, light tasting mixer with a neutral tasting alcohol like vodka, gin, tequila or white rum, for a light summer cocktail.
6 cups filtered or distilled water
2 tea bags of Green Tea (approximately 1 tablespoon)
2 tea bags of Raspberry Zinger tea or fruity tea of your choice
2 Tablespoons dried mint leaves or 4 sprigs fresh mint
2 tablespoons dried lemon balm or 4 sprigs fresh lemon balm
2 tablespoons dried red raspberry leaves
2 tablespoons dried or fresh rose petals
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/3 cup sugar or sweetener of your choice. Add more to taste
Put all the ingredients in a pot and bring it to boil. Turn off the stove when the rose petals have lost their colour and let the tea steep for a few minutes. Strain out the tea while it is still warm. Add sugar or sweetener and stir it in until dissolved. Now, put in in the fridge and let it cool down. Serve with ice, slices of lemon, sprigs of mint.