This refreshing Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea has arrived just in time to quench your thirst this Canada Day long weekend!
Canada Day is the first long weekend of summer. Some Canadians love to get outdoors and head out for camping or cottage trips, others do local day trips (which I will be partaking in), and others just enjoy chilling out with friends and family and having a big cookout (which I will ALSO be partaking in). Typically, BBQ food is the classic fare since it is finally warm enough to be outside in most parts of Canada…and when it’s warm out we love to be outdoors soaking up the sun! Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, steak, chicken are classic main dishes that we like to serve along with side dishes like salads and veggies. To really end the meal with a bang, a sweet Canadian dessert like Nanaimo bars, Strawberry Shortcake, S’mores or Maple Pie are typically served. Don’t you wish you were Canadian right about now?!
While lots of people put a lot of effort into planning the big components of the meal like the meat or the dessert, many people don’t focus on the beverages- which are super important to keep you hydrated in the summer heat! So for this Canada Day, I came up with this refreshing and fruity Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea. It’s non-alcoholic too so it is great for both adults and kids!
I was inspired to make this Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea from the local strawberries that I purchased from Galey Farms in Victoria, B.C. Strawberries have been in season for about a month now and getting freshly picked strawberries right from the farm stand is absolute heaven! They are small but are sweet and juicy- and a million times better than the imported ones from California!
I decided to cook the strawberries down with a little bit of local honey (for some natural sweetness) and then add it to a big pitcher of steeped strawberry hibiscus tea. While I would have loved to find some local tea, I used my tried and true Stash Organics tea. It’s fruity and not too overpowering- plus it’s organic which is very important for tea! I also add in a bit of organic peppermint tea to the mix to make it even more refreshing. The addition of the strawberry purée just sets this tea over the top!
I like to serve this iced tea in a mason jar (to keep it chill and down to earth- just like us Canadians) with lots of ice, sliced strawberries and a sprig of mint to make it look pretty.
Sip this Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea all weekend long and you will stay refreshed, hydrated and will be showing off your Canadian pride in style! Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!
And to my American friends celebrating the Fourth of July in a few days, you can make this iced tea too and add some beautiful blueberries for that red, white and blue!
Get the recipe for my Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea here!