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Jul 25 2014
3 years ago
12:21 PM MST

Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher

Jul 25, 2014 @ 12:21 PM MST
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Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher

If you’re an iced tea lover like me, try making a homemade version of the popular Starbuck’s Hibiscus Tea Refresher. It’s currently my favorite summertime drink – it’s super easy to make a pitcher and I love that it uses all natural ingredients!

Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher

Ingredients

For the tea:

8 tea bags of hibiscus berry tea (Try this one)
2 quarts water
1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen

For the simple syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (Try these)
2 cups water

Hip2Save How to make a berry hibiscus refresher

Directions:

Make 2 quarts of tea according to package instructions. I brought 2 quarts of water almost to a boil on the stove and then turned off the heat, and added 8 tea bags to infuse (covered) for about 3 minutes. Take out tea bags and pour tea into a plastic pitcher. Set aside pitcher and let cool to room temperature.

To make the simple syrup, bring water to a boil water with sugar and hibiscus flowers. Turn down heat and simmer for about 20 minutes covered making sure to stir a few times. Strain leaves and then add syrup to the tea and stir. Refrigerate. Before serving, add berries and about 2 cups of ice. I recommend pouring some tea in a cup with a lid and shaking it up with the berries. Enjoy!

Note: The tea that I used is a Wild Berry Hibiscus by Zhen’s Gypsy Tea which I purchased at Cost Plus World Market.  I found dried hibiscus flowers at a local organic herbal tea shop. Hibiscus leaves are known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Hibiscus has more of a tart flavor so adding some berries and sugar creates more of a subtle sweet flavor.

Hybiscus Tea Refresher Recipe

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.


Hip2Save's Summer Drink Series
Like this drink? Be sure to check out our Watermelon Punch Recipe and Blueberry Kiwi Mojitos Recipe (Alcoholic AND Non-Alcoholic Versions)!

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