I have been drinking the new Red Seal hot or cold brew Fruit Teas over Summer and am loving the fact that a simple refreshing, sugar free, gluten free, with zero calories drink is as simple to make as popping a tea bag in a glass and filling with tap water! This Summer has been the best I can remember for years, and it’s so nice to know that I can serve something refreshing and delicious to guests, my kids and myself without too much hassle, little expense and zero fuss or tidy up!
I am not a coffee or gumboot tea drinker and am always well stocked on fruit and herbal teas for those occasions when a late night drink is in order. These Red Seal teas are just as perfect for that occasion too, but I’m especially loving them as a cold drink. They are a great way to increase your water intake, they’re ideal for cooling down on a sweltering day and there are added bonuses of ingesting so much fruity goodness in a glass.
There are six amazing flavours in the range and all of them are equally delicious – though if I were forced to choose I’d have to go Blood Orange.
I’ve created a little dessert treat using these teas because I’m always trying to find healthier options for after dinner for my littles. Jelly has long been a favourite around these parts, but I’m rather anti boxed jellies now given how much sugar and colouring they contain. This home made version is a lot less sweet, but perfectly refreshing and are pretty enough to serve up to adults too.
You can use your favourite Red Seal flavour to create your jelly, or you can do as I have and make up a mixture of flavours. Either way the ratios remain the same.
You can serve as is, with whipped cream or a dollop of Greek yoghurt on top, or alongside fresh fruit. The options are endless. Individual serves are always well received at my home, and look so cute, although equally you could spoon out from a large bowl into smaller ramekins.
- 2 C cold tap water
- 3 Red Seal Hot or Cold Brew teabags - flavour of your choosing
- 3 teaspoons of powdered gelatin to every cup of liquid
- 1.5 teaspoons of caster sugar to every cup of liquid
- Whipped cream
- Greek Yoghurt
- Fresh fruit
- In a medium sized pot, add tap water and the tea bags to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and sprinkle over the gelatin. Leave to stand for 3 minutes.
- Turn heat to medium and stir to mix well. Add sugar and continue stirring as the water heats up. When gelatin and sugar have completely dissolved, remove from heat. Do not let the water reach boiling point.
- Pour into individual jars or ramekins or a single large bowl and cool on the bench for 20-30 minutes. Once temperature has lowered, place in the fridge for 3-4 hours until firm. Smaller servings will set sooner than a large bowl.
- Once the jelly has set, serve however your prefer.
- You can adjust the amount of sugar if you like it sweeter, or decrease if you wish for it to be less sweet. Equally you can add more tea bags for a more intense flavour.