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.
Total time: 15-20 minutes
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
A handful of halved strawberries (or any other fresh fruit you prefer)
- 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.
- Fill three glasses with ice cubes
- Pour pomegranate juice into glasses until they’re about a quarter full. Then, add the purple tea until the glasses are half full.
- Top up the remainder of the glasses with sparkling water. Garnish with fruit and lemon, and drink up!