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DIY Loose Leaf Raspberry Hibiscus Green Tea Blend

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Back where we used to live, there was a lovely bulk tea section at the store with all these marvelous teas. When I moved, I bought a quart jar of each, so even in my new home, I would have the comfort of these lovely teas.

Over the last three years, friends and families have been pack mules: bringing along a bag of this or that on a trip to see us or mailing me a package of my favourite teas.

While I so heartily appreciate them for that, it was high time I figured this out myself.

Small pile of dried raspberries, hibiscus, and green tea leaves.

I tried different teas and could not find one I loved. 

Then I had this silly brainwave of like, oh yes, oh right, I could make this myself??

Jasmine from omfoods.com is my favourite green tea, as well as the hibiscus they carry. I bought these freeze-dried raspberries and believe me when I say a little goes a long way! I may try drying raspberries from my garden next summer to see how they work out for this!

When I brewed my first mug and poured it, man. I couldn’t believe how I hit the nail on the head. It tasted just like I remembered. I’m glad I had the lightbulb moment to create my own tea blend.

Top down view of a brewed mug of raspberry hibiscus green tea.

We love this as the green tea base for my green tea elixir as well as the green tea/fruity tea in Good Cheap Eats’ medicine ball tea recipe. Also in that medicine ball, I use the wild mint Marius picks. I love being able to use what we have around us so I can trust the ingredients. It’s so wonderful to be self-sufficient wherever possible!

This batch makes about a half-pint jar of dried tea. You can easily double it to keep it on hand for longer. If you’ve never brewed loose tea before, you’ll just want to have a tea ball around (usually stainless steel or mesh) or you can buy single filter packs. We also use a French press as our “teapot” to easily strain the tea after brewing. For a single mug, I use a strainer like this.

Top down view of a brewed mug of raspberry hibiscus green tea.
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Raspberry Hibiscus Green Tea

Customize your tea blend before it gets brewed. It's quite simple to source quality ingredients to make your favourite blend.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 servings
Calories: 1kcal

Ingredients

  • 90 grams jasmine green tea
  • 5 grams dried hibiscus flowers
  • 5 grams freeze-dried raspberries crumbled up

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a jar and mix well. Store with an air-tight lid. This makes about a half-pint jar.

To brew in a mug:

  • Use a tea basket or a fillable tea bag (we love these to make up tea bags to take camping!) and measure out 1 teaspoon of your tea blend. Fill mug with boiling water and let steep about 5 minutes.

To brew in a pot:

  • Ours holds around 1-1.5 quarts of water— either just put the tea blend in loose and when you fill mugs, strain through a tea basket. You can also use one of the loose leaf tea bags OR we love our insulated stainless French press- we’ve never used it for coffee, It's SO convenient for loose leaf tea and keeps tea warm for hours.
  • Use 1 tbsp of loose leaf tea blend, fill your tea pot with boiling water and let steep about five minutes.

Notes

I enjoy it with some honey and a wedge of lemon. The lemon brightens its flavour AND colour. My kids add honey and milk- as they do to every tea. If you add lemon, dont add milk unless you enjoy curdled milk tea. My Mom drinks it straight- she says she is sweet enough already.

Nutrition

Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

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