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DRINK UP: Big Heart Tea + Hibiscus Lemonade

Is it possible to capture sunshine in a glass? Or summer? Or the feeling you get when you’re swathed in your gauziest dress and languidly basking on a patio some random Sunday morning in the middle of July?

We think Jessie at Faring Well has done it, and though the solstice is still weeks away, we cannot stop sipping on what just may go down as the drink of the summer. Inspired by the dried hibiscus flowers she got from Big Heart Tea Co., Jessie concocted this glass of happiness using just water, hibiscus tea, lemons and honey. You’ll combine the tea with 2 cups of filtered water in a glass jar (preferably a vintage model reminiscent of the one your mom used to make sun tea on the back porch) and let it steep in the refrigerator overnight. When it’s ready, you’ll pour the tea concentrate through a fine mesh strainer and into a blender. Add two more cups of filtered water, a quarter-cup of fresh lemon juice and two teaspoons of raw honey. Blend everything together until the honey is dissolved and enjoy over ice.

As Jessie says, this drink will “make you feel bright even if you’re living in an area of the world where spring hasn’t arrived quite yet.” Considering we’re still drying out from a deluge of spring showers, we could sure use this tea’s sunny, summertime vibes, even if it’s only aspiration at this point.

You can find the full recipe for Jessie’s Big Heart Tea + Hibiscus Lemonade at Faring Well.