Summer Time and Cool Beverage Recipe


I have been making this yummy drink for our post swim/sitting out on the porch, watching the beauty of nature, relaxing time.

I use loose tea from Rishi Teas, Tangerine Ginger, which is a hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is very good for our hair! Bonus.

Courtesy of Rebecca Katz

Hibiscus Pomegranate Cooler

MAKES ABOUT 9 CUPS • PREP TIME: 5 minutes • COOK TIME: 1 hour for chilling

Pomegranate juice might just be the gateway to eternal life. It has been consumed for about five thousand years and revered for nearly as long. Early Persians claimed the fruit had immortal properties, while in China it was a symbol of longevity. Contemporary science is content to say pomegranates have unusually high levels of antioxidants—more than blueberries or cranberries, and that’s saying a lot.

And contemporary Rebecca is content to say it has a lovely sweet-tart taste that I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid. In this recipe, I wanted to smooth out pomegranate’s somewhat assertive flavor while pumping up the nutrition, so I turned to musky hibiscus, which has been shown to help control cholesterol and limit fatty buildup in arteries.

To take it over the top, I added frozen strawberries, frozen blue- berries, and orange rounds, to make something akin to Middle Eastern sangria. I think the ancients were on to something.

1/4 cup loose hibiscus tea, or 12 hibiscus tea bags 4 cups boiling water 4 cups cold water 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice Spritz of fresh lemon juice 1 orange, sliced into rounds 3 sprigs fresh mint 16 frozen strawberries 24 frozen blueberries

Put the tea in a heatproof container. Pour in the boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain the teainto a pitcher. Stir in the cold water, pomegranate juice, lemon juice. Add the orange slices and mint and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until well chilled. Add the frozen strawberries and blueberries to individual glasses when serving.

Photo Credit: Leo Gong

Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods. Copyright © 2013 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.

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           Thank you to Linda Franklin for the lovely picture in the background