Yesterday afternoon I was so tempted to make cocktails for clients, but it was only 3:30 pm and I knew that they would not start drinking that early, sooooo I wanted to come up with something that still felt as special as a cocktail without the alcohol. This sparkling tea was the perfect compromise. It felt special, refreshing, not too sweet and wonderfully balanced between floral and herbal flavors. I highly recommend making a big pitcher of this for any occasion. If you are having a party, this is a fabulous non-alcoholic drink to add to the mix and so much better than just offering your guest a glass of plain water.
Pomegranate & Herbal Sparkling Tea: makes about 12 cups of tea
8 Flowering Honeybush tea bags from Tazo or Numi brand. I found mine at Whole Foods. If you can’t find it, use another floral/fruity tea that you like.
4 cups boiling hot water
1/4 cup agave + more to taste
8 cups cold sparkling water
1 bunch fresh mint, washed and dried
6 sprigs fresh rosemary washed and dried + more for decorating if you want.
1 cucumber, washed and sliced thin + save a few slices to decorate the glasses if you want.
2 limes, washed, cut the skin off and set aside and save. Then slice the limes.
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds + more for decorating glasses if you want. I buy the seeds already prepped and cleaned from Trader Joe’s or another grocery store to save on time and mess.
1. In a medium heat-proof pitcher, steep the tea bags for at least 10 minutes in the boiling hot water. Then take the tea bags out and throw them away. Add agave to the steeped tea and stir well. Add about 10 ice cubes to cool down. Set aside.
2. In a large pitcher, layer 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, the cucumber slices, lime slices+ lime skins, mint and rosemary. Pour the cold sparkling water over this mixture and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
3. Pour the cooled down tea into the large pitcher of sparkling water and stir well. Add ice and agave as desired. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
4. I decorate each glass with a sprig of rosemary in the glass, a few ice cubes, a few pomegranate seeds and a slice of cucumber on the rim.