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
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
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.