Saturday, January 23, 2010

Apple-Orange-Hibiscus Infusion: An Afternoon Pick-Me-Up and "Simple Saturday Sipper"

For this week's "Simple Saturday Sipper" I was looking for a little something to perk me up in the middle of a long lecture/study session, so I tried this simple Apple-Orange-Hibiscus Infusion from a book called "Aromatic Teas and Herbal Infusions" by Laura Fronty. This tisane or infusion has no tea or caffeine but a delicious fruit flavor and the scent of the orange zest is very energizing. The book says: "If you need a pick-me-up when the day is getting a little long, try this tea instead of regular tea, especially if you tend to suffer from insomnia."


Apple-Orange-Hibiscus Infusion
"Aromatic Teas and Herbal Infusions" by Laura Fronty
(Makes 2 Cups)

Peel from 1/2 apple or a few cubes of dried apple
zest from oorganic orange
4 teaspoons hibiscus flowers
2 cups water

Finely dice apple peel and orange zest. Heat the teapot in advance and add the hibiscus, apple peel and orange zest. Add boiling water and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Sweeten to taste.

Notes/Results: A nice tangy-citrusy combination. I sweetened it with some local honey and also added some vanilla. (The author mentioned that vanilla, cinnamon or ginger could be added if desired). A good choice for afternoon or evening, it would be nice iced and the pretty dark pink color would make it fun for a shower, luncheon or child's tea party. I would make it again.

Happy Saturday!

12 comments:

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

So sweet a collage!!!so fitting to the delightfull infusion...

Joanne said...

I need many a pick-me-up. I have my first big anatomy test on Monday. Therefore my weekend will be filled with a TON of studying. And I might be an insomniac by the time this is over. So this tea will be even more useful!

Pam said...

The tea sounds delightful and your collage is wonderful!

Donna-FFW said...

Your tea looks so elgant and sounds delicious. I love the photo montage!

K and S said...

love this photo!

George Gaston said...

Deb, those ingredients surely gives your sipper a rich luxurious color.

Megan said...

What a pretty collage of photos!

Erica said...

That sounds delicious! Great pictures.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Delicious sipper, and what glorious colours! Your collage would look wonderful on my office wall.

Lea Ann said...

Beautiful! The tea sounds great and love that photo collage.

Kim said...

Your pictures are great and I love the pink background on them! Sounds like a great caffeine free solution for tea. Anything citrus definitely qualifies as a "pick me up". Sounds great.

Mary said...

What a delightful Afternoon pick-me-up. It really looks refreshing.