Freshen up your holiday fare with a light and refreshing Virgin Herbal Sangria!

I love herbal teas! I am constantly brewing teas for my family- iced or hot with honey and milk–hydrating, rich in antioxidants, boosts the immune system — prevention for flu season!

Traditionally, Sangria is a fruit-based wine punch, typical of Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina. There are many variations…  usually consisting of wine, chopped or sliced fruit, a sweetener (such as honey, sugar, simple syrup, or fruit juice) and a small amount of brandy and orange liqueur.

This Sangria is herbal based… and non alcoholic….so it can be enjoyed by everyone!

Most food markets carry a vast selection of teas. Choose one with Hibiscus flower…  that’s what gives the drink the rich crimson color. My first choice is anything organic– I like Celestial Seasonings- Wild Berry Zinger or The Republic of Tea- HIBISCUS Superflower Tea.

As for the fruit I like to use oranges, lemons, limes and apples- I always buy organic apples because they are on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen List.

Enjoy !  Have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy ( well hydrated ) New Year!

Virgin Herbal Sangria
  • 4 tea bags
  • 1/4 cup honey (local and raw)
  • 3 large oranges
  • 2 limes
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 organic Gala ( any type) apple
  • 1 bottle Perrier Water
 
  1. Pour 2 cups boiling water over four tea bags in a heat-resistant container. Steep 4-6 minutes and remove tea bags.
  2. Add honey to the tea while still hot, and stir to dissolve. Let sit to room temperature
  3. Add 2 cups of cold water.
  4. Transfer liquid to a glass pitcher
  5. Squeeze the juice of 2 oranges, 1 lime, 1 lemon, into the tea and honey mixture.
  6. Slice the remaining orange, lime and lemon into thin slices, and chop the apple into small cubes.
  7. Add all the fruit to the liquid.
  8. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  9. Take out when ready to serve and add 1 1/2 cups Perrier and 2 cups ice cubes
  10. Stir well!