Freitag, 22. Juni 2012

Rose scented iced tea

It is nice and warm outside about 25 C - not that hot thanks to a kind and mild breeze.This afternoon I enjoyed to just sit in my garden and have some iced tea while doing absolutely nothing: In german their is a saying for such moments: just sit and let your soul dangle. Perfect day, perfect surrounding to do so.

My damask rose is in full blossoming. Quite a view because it is a huge bush with lots and lots of blossoms showering the green below with petals. This kind of rose is used since centuries to produce rose oil, a basic ingredient for many perfumes, because it is heavy scented. Actually the whole garden is filled with rose scent. But not many know that this kind of rose can be used for jams, teas and as seasoning for arabic dishes, desserts.
I use it quite often in the kitchen. Today I made iced tea with just one big blossom and two small teabags hibiscus tea and a few leaves so called chocolat mint. This mint smells like some kind of chocolat and has a nice sweet taste.
rose, mint and hibiscus tea

Just boil 1 liter water, let two bags hibiscus tea or two dried hibiscus blossoms rest in there for about 5 minutes. Strain, add 1 rose blossom, petals only, a few leaves mint and 2 heaped tablespoons brown sugar.
Let cool down, stir and drink it with a little sparkling water (3/4 tea + 1/4 sparkling water/soda) and ice cubes.
Very tasty and refreshing.

1 Kommentar:

Sissi hat gesagt…

It sounds like a great non-alcoholic, cooling drink. I like hibiscus tea a lot, but have never had it cold (weird...), not to mention with rose petals.