'Tis the season for a bubbly, fruity mocktail! This very cherry sparkler makes the perfect sip for your next party or DASH dinner. Quick and simple, this iced green tea is full of antioxidants and flavor thanks to frozen or fresh cherries and a hint of honey for a balanced tart and sweet sip! Pull out your fancy glasses for this festive yet healthy sip!
4-6 Individual green tea bags
4 cups of filtered water (for brewing)
4 cups of ice (for chilling and serving)
1 bottle of sparkling water (12oz)
2 cups of frozen cherries, thawed and halved
2 Tablespoons of honey
Cheese cloth or fruit infuser/pitcher to place fruit in to infuse the tea
Garnish: 2-3 frozen cherries per glass
Preparing this recipe:
Simply bring 4 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and steep your favorite green tea bags in the hot water for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in 2 Tbs of honey while the tea is hot.
Transfer your hot tea with honey to a 2-quart heat resistant pitcher and fill to the top with ice leaving about 6" room at the top.
Now it's time to fruit infuse, ideally for 3+ hours or make ahead and infuse in in the refrigerator overnight. Place the halved cherries into into a sachet of cheesecloth, or into your pitcher's fruit infuser column (if applicable). Cover and refrigerate for 3+ hours or overnight for optimal fruit infusion flavor.
Remove cherries and serve in your glass pouring over ice and top with a splash of sparkling water, garnish with a frozen cherry or two to keep the beverage very cherry chilled! Enjoy!
Nutritional facts (Per 8oz serving - 8 servings per 2 quart pitcher):
Cal 23, Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 10mg, Carbs 6g, Sugars 6g, Fiber 0g, Protein 0g, Potassium 1mg