Eating clean has been a popular health trend recently, but that can be difficult when indulging in a cocktail. But, check out this recipe from Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash to see how you can still keep healthy when you're drinking.
This gorgeous, ruby red tea originates from the leaves of the hibiscus flower, a plant you’ve probably spotted in lush landscapes or tropical climates such as Mexico or Hawaii.
Many coffee shops and tea brands market hibiscus tea under the name "Passion" or "Red Raspberry." Read the label and look for "hibiscus" listed as a main ingredient. The amount of agave nectar used will appeal to most party-goers; however, for light everyday sipping,
I prefer a little less sweetener. For a boost, I might even fill half the glass with unsweetened brewed tea.
- 1 Large Red Raspberry Zinger Tea Bag
- 5 medium mint sprigs
- 1/2 Cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 Cup light agave nectar
- 1 1/2 Ounce vodka per 3/4 cup lemonade (optional)
Total Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes, plus chilling • Yield: 6 servings, ample ¾ cup (175 ml) each
Per serving: 87 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; trace protein; 24 g carbohydrate; trace dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol.
In a saucepan over high heat, bring 4 cups (1 L) of water to a boil. Place tea bag and mint in a heatproof glass pitcher or bowl. Once the water begins to boil, remove from heat and allow to rest 1 minute so as not to damage the tea leaves.
Pour the water into the pitcher and steep for 10 to 15 minutes, covered. Discard tea bag and mint. Stir in the agave nectar until dissolved and add lemon juice. Cool the tea until it nears room temperature and chill for 1 hour, up to 5 days.
For adults only, try stirring in 11/2 ounces (42 ml) of vodka per 3/4 cup (175 ml) lemonade.
For a more refined, clarified version, you can strain the tea through a fine sieve or coffee filter before serving cold over crushed ice.
Research shows that hibiscus is high in antioxidants, including vitamin C and anthocyanins. Animal studies indicate that it may be helpful in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, fever, and pain.
If you’re craving a Mexican-themed meal, this recipe easily transitions into that flavor profile by substituting lime juice for lemon. You can use tequila instead of vodka and add a splash of triple sec if you’re feeling feisty!