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Cold-Brewed Herbal Iced Tea Recipe

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An image of The Jasmine Pearl's Red Hot Hibiscus Herbal Iced Tea.

The Jasmine Pearl's Red Hot Hibiscus makes a tart, spicy, fruity, caffeine-free iced "tea" with a bright red color.

The Jasmine Pearl
This cold-brewed, herbal iced tea recipe from The Jasmine Pearl in Portland, Oregon, was formulated for their organic, caffeine-free Red Hot Hibiscus, but it works well for most herbal teas (a.k.a. "herbal infusions" or "tisanes"). It's a safer alternative to sun tea, as its temperature is in a safer range throughout the cold infusion process.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cold-brewing time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 2 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. herbal tea (such as Red Hot Hibiscus) for every 8 fl. oz. of water

Preparation:

  1. For every 8 oz. serving desired, place one heaping tsp. of Red Hot Hibiscus (or other herbal infusion) into an infuser.
  2. Place infuser into a pitcher and add cold water.
  3. Allow to steep 4 hour minimum (overnight is ideal), preferably in the refrigerator (to prevent the potential bacterial growth associated with sun tea).
  4. Half-fill glasses with ice and pour infusion over ice.
  5. Sweeten to taste using agave nectar or another liquid sweetener, as liquid sweeteners dissolve rapidly into cold liquids.

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