Memorial Day is a time to honor the women and men who died in active military service and also the unofficial start of summer. For those of us in the south, it officially marks the beginning of iced tea season!
Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach, a pool party or a backyard cookout, we’ve created a simple and festive beverage to help you show off your patriotism and kickoff National Iced Tea Month, which starts on June 1.
The best part about this tea cocktail is that it’s effortless to adapt for all of your party guests—teetotalers and those who appreciate the spirits--and that saves you time.
Easy Hibiscus Tea Sangria
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 5 – 6 ppl
1 honeycrisp apple, chopped into small pieces, skin on
1 orange, sliced into small pieces, rind on
½ cup blackberries, blueberries or raspberries
1 – 3 Tbsp organic coconut sugar (or brown sugar as substitute)
6 cups of Hibiscus Tea, brewed and chilled
12 fluid oz Ginger Beer or ½ 750 ML bottle Prosecco**
2. Add brewed hibiscus tea and stir to combine. Tip: Use loose leaf herbal tea for extra flavor. If you don't have an iced tea maker*, use unbleached fillable tea bags to steep the tea.
3. Adjust sugar flavor as needed and stir to combine. Chill hibiscus tea punch and remaining chopped fruit in fridge until ready to serve.
4. Just before serving, add ice and remaining fruit to 8 ounce glasses.
5. Pour hibiscus tea punch into the glasses leaving room at the top for bubbly
6. Top with Ginger Beer for an alcohol-free beverage or Prosecco sparkling wine
7. Garnish with orange slices, if desired
*To make the iced tea, we used a Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker. No paid promo here. We just love that we can make iced tea in 30 seconds once the tea has steeped, without waiting hours for it to chill.
When making iced tea, be sure to use double the amount of tea you would use for a regular cup of tea. This will ensure that the tea is not watered down once you add the ice.
** Our favorite way to make this beverage is to use a splash of ginger beer and use less sugar. Then we top it with the prosecco. Enjoy!
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