Raspberry and tea tonic recipe
- Dish type
- Iced tea
A refreshing summer drink on a hot day! When raspberries are in season, juice a punnet of raspberries and discard the pulp and seeds.
10 people made this
- 1L (1 3/4 pints) brewed black tea
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 225ml (8 fl oz) raspberry juice
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 1 (1L) bottle sparkling water
MethodPrep:30min ›Ready in:30min
- Brew tea with cinnamon stick. Dissolve sugar in the hot tea. Set aside to cool.
- In a large pitcher combine the tea, raspberry juice and lemon juice. Crush 3 mint leaves and stir in. Pour the sparkling water in, stir and serve over ice.
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Reviews in English (8)
Something else.I thought this recipe would be very sweet and bubbly, instead it was very refreshing and not very sweet. The sugar isn't enough to really sweeten the tea, it just cuts the bite. I used the juice of frozen crushed raspberries and that wasn't overly sweet either. The fizz of the sparkling water was diluted by the tea, leaving the tea with just a little tingle but no sparkle, bubbles or fizz. All in all its a very tasty iced tea for those who don't care for the cloyingly sweet kind. Its unlike any of the raspberry teas I have had in the past. Thanks for sharing Scott!-15 Sep 2008
This was a big hit, ran out almost instsntly. Give it a try.-15 Sep 2008
by MAGGIE MCGUIRE
I thought this recipe would be very sweet and bubbly,instead it was very refreshing and not real sweet. The 1/4 cup sugar isn't enough to really sweeten the tea, it just cuts the bite. I used Club Soda in place of carbonated water because its what I had on hand. The fizz of the soda was diluted by the tea, leaving the tea with just a little tingle but no sparkle, bubbles or fizzes. All in all its a very tasty iced tea for those who don't care for the cloyingly sweet kind.Its unlike any of the raspberry teas I have had in the past. Thanks for sharing Scott!-27 May 2003
This Raspberry Sweet Tea is healthy for you! Yup and that is because it is made with honey and organic raspberry tea.
Staying refreshed and cool in this hot weather can be a challenge. Today I’m sharing my very favorite recipe for a healthier version of sweet tea.
So you can f orget most of those American sweet tea’s which are filled with to much refined sugars and are not good for you.
And try my recipe instead!
It tastes similar to those other Americanized sweet teas but it is much more healthier for you.
And that is because we are using organic raspberry tea bags.
Nourishing Raspberry Leaf Tea Recipe
As the Production Manager at Mountain Rose Herbs, I get the pleasure of inventing our tea recipes and overseeing our lovely team who blends herbs to make the organic loose-leaf teas we offer. While I haven’t added this recipe to our line of teas, I’m excited to share this recipe with those of you who like to concoct your own blends at home.
This recipe creates 4 oz. of tea blend. One of the most helpful tools for home tea blending is a small kitchen scale. Measuring herbs by weight instead of volume enables you to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the blend! If you don't have a scale on hand, you can always order our 1 oz. sizes to help you estimate.
Blend together all ingredients. Place 1-3 teaspoons of the blend in a tea strainer, tea filter, or other tea accessory of choice. Pour freshly boiled water over the blend and let steep covered for at least 5 minutes, or longer to taste. This blend is also wonderful iced!
Recipe: Raspberry and Rose Mar-tea-ni with Fortnum and Mason
As you might have guessed by now – I love a good cocktail, and have been exploring Birmingham bars for the past few years to find my favourite drinks in the city. What has begun to interest me more recently however, is the art of making cocktails at home both nailing the classics and creating my own concoctions. So when Fortnum & Mason asked me to create a cocktail recipe using one of their famous loose leaf teas, I was definitely up for the challenge!
Though the F&M tea range is certainly extensive, it didn’t take me long to reach for the rose pouchong. When you open the tin of this stunning loose leaf tea it’s like putting your nose into a box of Turkish delight – a rich yet delicate flavour that is both sophisticated yet harks back to childhood. In true Paul Hollywood stlye, I couldn’t talk about rose without mentioning that it can be a difficult flavour to work with – but get the balance right and it’s really worth it! I paired the rose flavour with homemade raspberry vodka, and before trying the tea I was worried it would be overpowered. I was pleased to discover, however, that although delicate, this tea can really hold its own, so here’s my recipe for the perfect raspberry and rose mar-tea-ni:
A handful of fresh raspberries
60ml raspberry flavoured vodka (homemade or a brand such as Absolut)
1 tbsp Fortnum and Mason rose pouchong tea in 50ml of water
Fever Tree tonic water to top up
Brew the tea leaves in the hot water for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, muddle the raspberries in a cocktail shaker and add the ice, vodka and a squeeze of lemon. Once the tea is brewed, add this to the cocktail shaker and put on the lid firmly. SHAKE. Strain the drink into the chilled martini glasses – some raspberry pulp should make it through but not whole lumps. Top the glasses with the tonic water and garnish with a rose petal or raspberry. DRINK!
15 Gin and Tonic Variations to Salute Summer
Looking for some interesting spins on the classic gin and tonic?
Rosé and the Aperol Spritz may be having their 15 (ok, maybe 20) minutes of fame but we all know gin and tonic is the original song of summer. A floral, refreshing and effervescent highball with a little citrus bounce is everything we crave during those muggy, hot summer doldrums. Yes, this most British of cocktails is truly the perfect summer swig, but why is that?
For the same reason lemonade slakes our thirst, says Dianne de la Veaux, professional chef and mixologist in New York City. “Bitter and sour flavors are perceived as refreshing by the palate,” she says, “and with a gin and tonic, you usually have lime with it and just enough sweetness to make it easy to drink.”
When the classic gin and tonic gets a little boring, there’s no end to the ways you can mix it up. De la Veaux created a new gin and tonic recipe and variations by infusing her Dorothy Parker gin with leftover Key lime shells (the remains after being zested and juiced) and slices of ginger. Then de la Veaux added a touch of hibiscus flower Hella Tonic syrup, along with a squeeze of lime juice and Q tonic, a brand that uses agave nectar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
As for the basics: Gin is a clear alcohol made from distilled grain or malt that tastes predominately of juniper berries. Unlike other liquors, gin has a loose definition other than that, so the taste of gin among each distiller is enormously diverse and often has citrus, nuts, herbs, and cucumbers added to it. Tonic water is different from club soda and soda water because, while it’s also carbonated water, it has quinine, a bitter-flavored cinchona bark that used to be a malaria drug for sailors visiting the tropics. Legend has it, gin was added to the quinine tonic water to make it taste less bitter. (Tonic water has a lot less quinine in there now.)
“There is one other ingredient that just can’t be excluded from a gin and tonic,” de la Veaux says “I probably wouldn’t even bother if I didn’t have a lime. Sometimes with other drinks, the lemon or lime garnish is superfluous, but with a gin and tonic, the lime is essential.”
Our classic recipe has all the essentials, but as for the rest, well…see for yourself how we mix it up with these interesting and innovative gin and tonic recipes.
1. Gin and Tonic
When you want a classic gin and tonic, this is the recipe that gets it done. Take note of the ratios and technique. It’s simple, but a few things can be improved upon. Get our Gin and Tonic recipe.
2. Gin and Tonic, Barcelona Style
Spain is a gin and tonic swilling country. One of their most celebrated cities has its own angle on it too, involving a lemon twist, rosemary sprig, sea salt, caperberry, small, mild, aromatic olives, Plymouth gin, and Indian tonic water. Get our Gin and Tonic, Barcelona Style recipe.
3. Virgin Gin and Tonic
Making a nonalcoholic rendition of a cocktail that uses only two (or three, if you count the lime) ingredients actually takes a lot more ingredients. Get our Virgin Gin and Tonic recipe.
4. Glow-in-the-Dark Gin and Tonic Jelly
Did you know if you shine a black light on tonic water, it will glow in the dark? The quinine in it is sensitive to ultra-violet light. Just add gelatin to your gin and tonic and make it in molds or little plastic cups for Halloween, a weird party, or you know, Tuesday. Get our Glow-in-the-Dark Gin and Tonic Jelly recipe.
5. Spiced Gin and Tonic
A dry gin like Bluecoat or Beefeater complements the homemade spiced tonic water needed in this cocktail. You’ll infuse the tonic water with juniper berries, orange peel, Sichuan peppercorns, and cardamom pods for a real full-bodied spicy flavor. Get our Spiced Gin and Tonic recipe.
Fever-Tree Tonic Water, 24 Count, $32.98 on Amazon
6. Bloody Strawberry Gin and Tonic
London Dry gin is just buttoned-up enough for half of a blood orange and one large strawberry, along with the tonic. Get our Bloody Strawberry Gin and Tonic recipe.
7. A G&T with Juniper and Bay Leaf Syrup
Infuse your sugar syrup with juniper berries and bay leaves, which mimics the herbaceous and menthol taste of London dry gin. Then proceed with your usual gin and tonic, adding the syrup to taste. Get our Juniper and Bay Leaf Syrup recipe.
8. Tom Collins Cocktail
Admittedly, this has soda water instead of tonic so you don’t get that characteristic quinine flavor. It also uses a dash of superfine sugar and a lemon instead of a lime. Get our Tom Collins Cocktail recipe.
9. G&T with Mint Syrup
Some gins already have a menthol taste, so it’s no surprise that mint syrup would be a great addition to the classic. Get our Mint Syrup recipe.
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This cake takes the Austrian sachertorte to new heights. The raspberry filling adds a bright fruitiness that makes it seem far less rich than it really is. Serve in small slices
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Raspberry Leaf Coconut Tonic
Raspberry leaf is a girl's best friend! Seriously though, who would have thought the leaves of one of our favorite fruits would be so powerful? It's benefits to the female reproductive system are most commonly recognized as helpful during pregnancy, and you will find it in "pregnancy teas" in the tea aisle, however- these same benefits are helpful to us women at all stages of our reproductive lives.
Raspberry Leaf has been known to:
Alleviate symptoms of PMS
Decrease pregnancy complications
This recipe includes a few of my other favorite women's health ingredients. Collagen peptides help make this tonic creamy and are known by many cultures for the wonders they do for your skin. When I was in Hong Kong, I saw collagen everywhere and learned that women steep a traditional collagen tea every morning for their skin health. Besides it benefitting our bones, hair, teeth and joint, it also is said to reduce cellulite and stretch marks. I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides powder in my smoothies and tonics including this one.
Coconut butter is such a delicious compliment to the raspberry leaf! It makes the tonic extra frothy and in regards to women's healthy- it contains iron, which many of us are deficient of. Additionally, the "good fat" in coconut oil has been said to aid in balancing hormones. Vanilla and almond extract give the tonic flavor and cinnamon adds an extra kick while helping to stabilize blood sugar. Adding any additional adaptogens will bring further benefits based on your personal needs. I add reishi to it because that is my go to anxiety relief adaptogen but you can add pine pollen or ashwaganda to aid in additional hormonal balance. Please note, as I have shared many times, I am not a nutritionist or doctor and am sharing knowledge that I have gained through my own research.
Sake is mild and I love mixing it in fruit based cocktails. Try it in fruity spritzers, mules, or mild cocktails like mojitos or as an addition to white wine in your next sangria!
Almost any mild cocktail that calls for white wine or white liquor would be fun to try with sake.
You can find sake in most wine and spirits stores these days, but in some places, it can be hard to source.
Due to its smooth clean flavor, sake can be hard to replace in cocktails. For cooking, a simple swap of rice vinegar is perfect.
In cocktails though, I would replace or substitute the sake with a dry white wine or, in the case of this raspberry sake cocktail, vodka.
Looking for more cocktail inspiration? Me too. For more refreshing +21 drinks, check out these recipes!
How to Make a Moontime Elixir
Our bodies use a lot of the vitamins and minerals we get from food to help boost our immune systems, heal wounds and control our hormones. That’s why PMS can sometimes be a reflection of your overall health as well as your diet. If your diet is lacking and your hormones are out of whack, increasing important vitamins and minerals before and during menstruation can help lead to healthier, less painful periods.
I whole-heartedly believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why I always keep a few boxes of Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf and Nettle Leaf teas in my pantry to sip throughout the month. I have tried other brands in the past, but I always come back to Traditional Medicinals because they use only the highest quality herbs sourced from native habitats to maximize the active compounds in each tea bag. They also thoroughly test their herbs for purity and potency so you know they work.
And as if that weren’t enough, Traditional Medicinals goes to great lengths to make sure their teas are organic and their tea bags and strings are Non-GMO Project Verified. This is super important for hormonal health because some of the chemicals found in fertilizers, pesticides, and plastics are believed to be endocrine disruptors. To make matters worse, when soaked in hot water those chemicals quickly leach into your teacup leaving you with a toxic brew. Gross.
Despite my best efforts to head-off PMS, some months I just feel tired, crampy and irritable. That’s when I reach for this soothing Moontime tea blend. Here’s how it works:
Raspberry leaf is an astringent herb featuring tannins that have a toning effect on the uterus, which help soothe menstrual cramps.*
Nettle has many nurturing qualities and is often used as a spring tonic. Not only does it support overall wellness, but it is especially helpful at promoting joint health.*
This tasty root has digestive benefits and warming properties to promote circulation.* Plus it gives your elixir a spicy flavor that helps balance the earthiness of raspberry leaf and nettle.
Unpasteurized honey is a great source of antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that your body might be lacking.
I usually buy my Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf and Nettle teas at my local health food store because they carry a huge selection. But I have also seen them at Kroger, Target, and Whole Foods. If I plan to drink a lot of a specific tea or I can’t find a certain flavor, I will sometimes buy it from the Traditional Medicinals website directly. It’s super handy having several boxes on hand so I never run out.
- Tip the raspberries and sugar into a 1.5l sterilised jar.
- Pour over the gin, seal the jar and swirl around to dissolve the sugar.
- Cover and place in a dark spot for 4 weeks.
- Turn the jar every day for the first week.
- Stir it other day, or as often as you remember to.
- After a month strain the gin through a sieve. Pour the gin into bottles, and label.
Use the leftover boozy raspberries in a pink gin and prosecco cocktail.
With this raspberry gin recipe, the gin will keep its gorgeous pink hue for a few months and will be drinkable for up to a year.