Recipe: Hibiscus Mocktails

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Whether you’re celebrating alone, with friends, or with your partner, these Hibiscus Mocktails are perfect for Valentine’s Day. With its bright red hue and sweet-tart taste, you won’t even miss the alcohol (but vodka would be an easy addition, if you did want to imbibe!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup honey (or to taste)
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 6 tea bags of Hibiscus Heart (our Blackberry Hibiscus would work well, too)
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • Ice
  • Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda:
    • Juice of ½ lime
    • Juice of ½ lemon
    • 1 ½ cups club soda or tonic water

Instructions:
Bring honey and water to a boil in a saucepan, stir and dissolve the honey. Remove the honey and water mixture from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep the tea for five minutes, remove the tea bags and let the mixture cool completely.

Pour the tea mixture into a cocktail shaker and add one cup of ice. Pour in the coconut water and lime juice, place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain evenly into four glasses and top each off with the homemade lemon-lime soda. Serve immediately.

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Recipe inspired by and adapted from: http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/virgin-hibiscus-cosmopolitan

Yoga+Tea = The Perfect Pair

Are you an aspiring yogi? Maybe you’re looking for new ways to enhance your practice? We’ve got a great guide to pairing some of your favorite poses with delicious Choice Organic Teas to make the most of your yoga session.

yogawellness4Mountain Pose – this is often the first standing pose in many yoga practices, and brings the yogi to a calming place, feet firmly planted, eyes closed, palms touching. Bancha Hojicha, a toasted green tea with earthy notes that are refreshing and renewing, is an ideal tea for grounding and centering the mind and body as one begins his or her practice.

Sun Salutation – a very active flow or vinyasa pose that blends standing in mountain pose, forward bend, downward facing dog, and upward facing dog in one smooth flow. A stimulating tea such as Energy Boost from the Wellness Teas* line pairs well with sun salutations.masalachaiyogaHalf Moon Pose – an extension of the triangle pose, the half moon pose adds a little more “heat” to the practice, requiring balance and strength. A spicy tea like Masala Chai pairs well with this pose.

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The Tree Pose, perfect with a cup of Chamomile tea.

Tree Pose – also a balancing, grounding pose in a standing position. Chamomile for calming or Genmaicha for nourishing would pair well with this pose.

Cat/Cow Pose – an active pose from table position (on hands and knees) alternating arching and rounding the back just like a cat or a cow. Classic Earl Grey with just a touch of caffeine is perfect for relishing this pose.

Pranayama – Uddiyana Bandha, is a method done on the pause after the exhalation where the lower abdomen and diaphragm are then drawn upwards. Uddiyana Bandha is cleansing for the organs, a massage and an exercise for the diaphragm, and a bonus for the digestive and nervous systems. Enjoy this cleansing breath with Simply Detox from the Wellness Teas* line with its purifying qualities.

And last, the most restful of poses…
Child’s Pose – this is a great mid-practice pose as a rest between strenuous poses or a brief pause between sets of poses. Lemon Lavender Mint enhances well-being and has just enough soothing energy but enough zing to move back into the practice.

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