Pomegranate, Lemon and Hibiscus Iced Tea

We are deep into the Summer months now, and here in Vancouver, BC it’s definitely starting to heat up. As the day progresses we’ve found ourselves swapping our daily cup of hot afternoon tea for a variety of fruity, iced ones. And this simple recipe has become a definite favourite among our team here.

We love this recipe for those hot summer late-afternoons when you’re craving something light and fresh with just a slight caffeine kick. And that’s where our Purple Rain comes in. Our best selling Purple Rain tea is a glorious blend of purple tea, lemongrass, hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehips and passion fruit. Add a little pomegranate, lemon and strawberry and this tastes like summertime heaven! You can also whip this one up in 15 minutes, who doesn’t love that?

Did we mention this iced tea recipe is full of health benefits? This recipe includes Purple Tea and Pomegranate juice, so it’s is a powerhouse of antioxidants! Both Purple Tea and Pomegranate contain Anthocyanins, a ‘super’ antioxidant that has been shown to lower cholesterol, improve immune health, and help as an anti-inflammatory. If you want to learn more about the benefits of Anthocyanins check out our blog post on the benefits of Purple Tea.

Purple Tea also has just enough caffeine to give you a little boost, but not so much that you can’t sleep if you find yourself sipping on this after 3:00 pm. So basically, this iced tea recipe is refreshing, delicious, full of antioxidants and has just the right amount of caffeine.

 

Servings: 3

Total time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons (or 4 tea bags) of JusTea’s Purple Rain
3 cups of boiling water
2-litres of sparkling water
1 large carton of pomegranate juice
Lemon juice – to taste
Ice cubes
A handful of halved strawberries (or any other fresh fruit you prefer)

Instructions:

  1. Pour the boiling water over the 4 teaspoons and leave to steep for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the tea leaves, and place in the fridge until cool.
  2. Fill three glasses with ice cubes
  3. Pour pomegranate juice into glasses until they’re about a quarter full. Then, add the purple tea until the glasses are half full.
  4. Top up the remainder of the glasses with sparkling water. Garnish with fruit and lemon, and drink up!

If you tried this recipe leave a comment below or tag us in your photos @justeakenya on Instagram or Facebook! Cheers, friends!

 

Classic Iced Tea in 5 min – Recipe

BBQ season is upon us, and if you’re like us you probably don’t want to spend hours prepping. So here’s how to make a fast and delicious pitcher of Classic Iced Tea. And no waiting overnight for it to chill. With this easy recipe, you can have your tea, and ice it too 😉

 

Of course the easiest way to make Classic Iced Tea is to brew a pot of tea, and simply leave it in the fridge over-night. But when the sun is shining, ain’t nobody got time to wait. Here’s a 5-minute cure for the summer heat.

Classic Iced Tea Ingredients:

2 Cups Boiling Water

5tsp loose JusTea or 5 JusTea Pyramid Teabags (ex. African Breakfast, Mount Kenya Black, Kenyan Earl Grey)

Juice of 1/4 lemon

2-3 cups Ice Cubes

Sweetener to taste

(Makes 3-4 servings)

Classic JusTea Iced Tea with Lemon

Directions:

  1. Steep 5tsp loose JusTea in 2 cups of water (freshly boiled) for 4 minutes to make a tea concentrate.
  2.  Pour/strain hot tea concentrate into metal or plastic pitcher (glass might shatter). Stir in 1 or 2 tsp sugar or other sweetener to taste.
  3. Add ice, stir.
  4. Squeeze in lemon juice once the ice has chilled the tea.
  5. Serve over a couple ice cubes.

Pointers:

You don’t need to be super specific how much ice is going in – especially if you are going to serve it right away. Somewhere between 2-3 cups worth of cubes will be fine, as long as it chills and dilutes the tea concentrate. Add the sugar when the tea is hot so it will dissolve faster. Adding the lemon to the hot tea will make it go cloudy, so wait until the ice has done its job in cooling it down. The ice will cool it down, but just to be sure, plop a few cubes into each glass before serving. And don’t forget to put the kettle on for the second round!

 

Keep cool, and happy steeping!