The light floral notes of hibiscus and the sweet/tart combination of strawberries and rhubarb make a cooling and lively iced tea that’s naturally caffeine-free.
If any drink was made for warm weather sipping it’s iced tea. Crisp and refreshing, iced tea begs for leisurely weekend picnics, warm evenings on the back porch and tall ice filled glasses after long days in the sun.
As I may have mentioned before, I’m fairly smitten with the flavors of spring and summer, and rhubarb is no exception. Its assertive tartness makes it the perfect partner for the sweetness of fresh berries; add some dried hibiscus flowers to the mix and you have a wonderfully fruity, floral and vibrant combination that’s totally refreshing to boot.
The light raspberry-like notes of hibiscus, the acidic tartness of rhubarb and the natural sweetness of fresh strawberries combine to make a sweet/tart and caffeine-free iced tea with a punchy pink hue. It’s my favorite way to enjoy rhubarb freed from the confines of dessert.
All it takes are a few thinly sliced stalks of rhubarb simmered in water that’s then infused with hibiscus leaves to create the pretty pink base (and if you keep a stash of frozen rhubarb and berries in your freezer you can enjoy this brew any time of year). To this you add a heap of sliced strawberries and gently muddle them to release their sweetness.
Serve it chilled over ice for a cooling drink with the added benefits of anti-oxidants, vitamins C and K and minerals like calcium and potassium, you’ll want to have on hand all summer long.