From the Kitchen Witch's Pantry: Two Cooling Drinks for Summer
Let’s start with the Hibiscus Iced Tea and take a moment to learn a small bit about Hibiscus.
Please do take some time and learn more on your own. Hibiscus is a great herb to work with, having both physical and magical aspects to its consumption.
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a member of the mallow family, a plant grown in most tropical parts of the world. The flowers in India are used as gifts to Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha. The flower is high in Vitamin C, helps with high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and helps to satiate thirst. It’s recommended that we all drink a cup of hibiscus tea a day to enjoy the health benefits. It can also help (or hinder) in the slightly hallucinogenic effect it has on some people. Magically speaking, it helps to open the third eye and our higher perceptions. There is a caution with hibiscus to not drink while pregnant or breastfeeding.
For this tea, you will need:
2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks (more for garnish)
5 to 6 bags of your favorite red rooibos tea
½ to 1 cup of agave nectar (or honey or another sweetener you enjoy)
½ gallon jar clean and dried (or equivalent)
Water – fresh – purified if your well or city water has a strong taste
Hibiscus tea can be very tart, so feel free to play with your sweetness levels. When finished brewing and ready to drink, the tea also has a slightly viscous mouth feel. This can give the tea an almost creamy sensation when you drink.
Poor into your glass, garnish with just a small dash of powdered turmeric and/or cocoa powder and enjoy. Unlike a dairy milk shake, this will stay thicker longer.
So, my friends, here are your recipes. I hope you enjoy and that they bring you some comfort and cooling in these hot summer months. I’ll be doing the ritual myself in a few weeks, as I need more of this heat to settle into my bones. I would love to hear back from those of you who try the ritual. Please feel free to comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page.
Cool Thoughts and Sunshine Dreams,