Healthy Virgin Sangria
During the hot summer months there is nothing more refreshing than iced tea. But we really could do without the caffeine. And when entertaining, what is more special on a summer evening than a colorful pitcher of Sangria? But we could really do without the alcohol. I found a wonderful recipe from our friends at Organic India for the perfect summer beverage – cool, fruity, and absolutely delicious – with the added health benefits of Tulsi, the Queen of herbs! Here’s the recipe!
-Put 10 tea bags of either Tulsi Raspberry Peach, Tulsi Red Mango, or Tulsi Passionfruit in a pot. Pour 16 ounces of boiling water over the bags.
-Steep 20-30 minutes, or allow to cool to room temperature.
-While tea is steeping, chop 1 small apple, 1 small peeled orange, and ½ or a lemon into bite sized pieces, or into circles, and add to tea.
-Add a handful of any or all of the following fruits: grapes, raspberries, strawberries or blueberries.
-Once tea is cooled, remove the tea bags and discard, but leave in the fruit mixture.
-Pour into a pitcher.
I like to rim wine glasses with sugar and garnish with a piece of fresh fruit. Serve the sangria over ice, and enjoy!