Hibiscus and lavender are each lovely infusions on their own, but together they are wonderful. This combination makes a delicious hot tea, but over ice with a sprig of mint it is stunning and so refreshing.
For a six cup teapot, add 6 heaping teaspoons of hibiscus petals and 2 rounded teaspoons of lavender buds. Add boiling water, steep for about 5 minutes. Enjoy hot, or strain off into a small pitcher and cool to have over ice. Sweeten, if desired, and add sprigs of lavender and mint for prettiness.
The basic hibiscus and lavender infusion can be used to make other beverages special, as well. Mix with sparkling seltzer or add to lemonade for a rosy hue and subtle flavor twist. We find hibiscus lavender lemonade to be the perfect accompaniment to music on the lawn!
Shop assistant Millie, doesn’t care much for the lemonade (she prefers ice cubes), but she sure seems to enjoy the musical entertainment…..or maybe it’s having the kids on the lawn, down at her level, which makes her smile so merrily? :-)
Millie and I wish you many warm (not too hot) sunny days, and plenty of time to relax with good books and glasses full of your favorite iced teas!