Dearies, Kat is getting ready for Valentine’s day by drinking endless cups of teas with a vibrant red color. She loves the festive hue and delicious flavors. She went to the store and looked for teas with berries, pomegranate, and hibiscus in the ingredients. She knew these would help to create the color she was looking for and have a lovely flavor.
Kat was successful at her local HyVee store. She found just what she was looking for in the tea aisle! She found two teas in particular that fit her criteria:
Hy-Vee Acai Pomegranate Blueberry: The pomegranate in this tea gives the brew a beautiful red hue. The blueberry darkens it a bit, and it’s a lovely shade for Valentine’s day. The berries and fruit are mellowed by the green tea giving it a subtle grassy flavor. It’s uplifting and calming at the same time. Kat’s going to have a citrus theme to start her meal, and pairing the berry sweetness in the tea with a tart blood orange salad appetizer should work quite nicely. I just love citrus during the cold winter months. It not only keeps the sniffles away, but it’s refreshing and light amongst all of the heavy winter foods we usually have.
Hy-Vee Raspberry Hibiscus: Kat loves hibiscus teas for the flavor and color. She first noticed this tea because of the cheerful bright box. Then she saw it had the perfect Valentines’ day ingredients! Hibiscus and dried raspberries add a juicy, tart flavor to this tea. Chicory, orange and lemongrass round out the flavor, giving it a note of earthiness and citrus. Kat is planning on pairing this tea with a caramelized grapefruit dessert, the perfect way to end her Valentines’ day meal. This is an herbal tea, so it’s a good choice to round out an evening.
She’s serving her tea from glass cups, so everyone can enjoy the rich red color. Other ‘red’ teas you can serve to your valentines are rooibos teas. Rooibos on its own isn’t a red color, but it’s referred to as ‘African red tea’. You can find rooibos blends with berries, and other ingredients that will impart that beautiful red color. Since rooibos isn’t from the camellia sinensis tea leaf, it has no caffeine and can be enjoyed any time of day. It’s also perfect for valentine tea parties with your little ones.
Dearies, I hope you have a fun Valentine ’s Day filled with sweetness and love!