As the sun casts its golden glow and the days stretch lazily into warm evenings, there's nothing quite like a refreshing drink to quench your thirst and lift your spirits.
Enter the Calendula Citrus Cooler—a vibrant concoction that marries the subtle, healing notes of calendula with the zesty punch of citrus.
This herbal mocktail is not just a drink but a toast to the joys of summer, a celebration of well-being, and a nod to the art of relaxation.
Whether you're hosting a garden party or simply unwinding after a long day, this cooler, with its alluring colour and invigorating flavours, is the perfect companion to savour the essence of summer.
Calendula Citrus Cooler: A Refreshing Herbal Mocktail
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Brewing Time: 5-7 minutes
- 2 Planet Organic Calendula Tea Bags
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup (adjust to taste)
- Ice cubes
- Sparkling water or soda water
- Orange slices and fresh mint leaves for garnish
Brew the Base: Start by steeping the calendula tea bags in boiling water for about 5-7 minutes. The longer you steep, the more pronounced the flavour. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool to room temperature.
Sweeten the Deal: While the tea is still warm, stir in the honey or agave syrup until it dissolves completely. This creates a sweetened tea concentrate that will blend seamlessly with the other ingredients.
Citrus Twist: In a large jug, combine the cooled calendula tea with the fresh orange and lemon juices. Stir well to marry the flavours. The citrus not only adds a zesty kick but also enhances the tea's natural properties.
Chill: Fill glasses with ice cubes to the brim. Pour the calendula-citrus mixture over the ice, leaving room at the top for a splash of sparkling water.
Fizzy Finish: Top each glass with sparkling water or soda water for a refreshing fizz. This also dilutes the drink to a pleasant strength, making it perfect for sipping.
Garnish and Serve: Garnish each glass with a slice of orange and a sprig of fresh mint. The mint adds a cooling touch, while the orange slice is a nod to the drink's citrusy heart.
Kitchen tip: Easily turn this mocktail into a cocktail. If you're opting for an alcoholic version, after step 3 is the time to add 1/4 cup your choice of vodka or gin. Stir gently to mix.
Raise your glass and toast to health, summer, and to the simple pleasures of a well-crafted drink. The Calendula Citrus Cooler is more than just a beverage—it's a moment of joy, captured in a glass.
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