If you live in Florida like us, or anywhere in the south, summer wouldn't be summer without lots of sweet tea! But all the sugar in sweet tea can definitely add up, so we've created this alternative that is just as sweet but without the sugar! It also has lots of other health benefits-- hibiscus is great for the immune system, digestion, blood pressure management and cholesterol. The lime and lemon grass give it an extra flavor boost making it the most refreshing beverage that you'll be reaching for all summer long! Who could resist that color?!
-5 cups water
-1 stalk of lemongrass
-1/4 cup Stubbees Hibiscus Raw Whipped Honey
-1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
-3/4 fresh basil leaves
-1/4 fresh squeezed lime juice
Bring the water to a boil. Remove from the stove and add lemongrass, honey, hibiscus. and basil. Give everything a good stir and cover. Let it steep for about 20 minutes, then strain into a bottle or pitcher (or even a punch bowl if you're feeling festive!). Add lime juice to taste, and adjust sweetness by adding more honey. Reserve 1 cup of the tea to make ice cubes and put the rest in the refrigerator to chill.
FOR THE ICE CUBES
Pour reserved tea into an ice cube tray. If you want to get fancy, drop some edible flowers, basil leaves, or more dried hibiscus into each ice cube. Put in the freezer to set for 1-2 hours.