Rhubarb Nettle Iced Tea Recipe

A spring, its time for so many yummy things, off a bit later to do a walk and check the fiddleheads.. but its going to be a very busy day indeed and I feel the need to put a nice drink the fridge for use later in the day..

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We have just enough Rhubarb up.. and I do mean just, but I will also be sneaking a cup of it to make a wonderful fresh rhubarb loaf.

  • 4 cups of coarsely chopped Rhubarb stalks
  • 1 cup of cleaned coarsely chopped Nettles Leaves
  • 1 cup of sugar, or half a cup of Honey, or sweeten to your taste
  • Tiny pinch of Salt

Place above into a steel pot and add six cups of water, simmer gently till the rhubarb is cooked though, pour though a cheese cloth, straining it out, if you want a pure sweet color, do not squeeze the bag at all, or if you are like me and it matters not at all that is cloudy and might have bits in the bottom of the jar, get every last bit of goodness out of it.

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Put in a clean jar or jug and chill till cold, work up a sweat in the garden or yard and enjoy it as a refreshing drink.. or mix in a little vodka and relax after a hard days work. It is the most lovely pink color, almost like the fake pink lemonade from the store but so much more healthy for you!

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If you are lacking rhubarb, as its so early in the season yet, feel free to move it to two cups early spring rhubarb and 2 cups of nettles, it will give a slightly different flavour but not much.

While I will agree that the sugar or honey is not healthy, the burst of vit, mineral from the rhubarb and nettles are outstanding!

 

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Rhubarb Nettle Iced Tea Recipe

  1. oH this sounds lovely, we have rhubarb too.. i will try this tomorrow.. c

  2. Sheri says:

    That sounds wonderful! I need to go nettle hunting!

  3. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Now wait a minute! What do you mean that honey’s not healthy?
    Honey is full of trace minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium & zinc) and Vitamins B2, 3, 5, 6, folate & C; not to mention minuscule amounts of local pollen to help build natural immunity.

    • i know, I know.. I love honey, and I use a raw local source, I was taking about adding sugars to the drink, clearly honey is the better choice over cane sugar but none the less if folks want to add no sweetener in some form, while the drink is ok, you need that light hint of sweetness to get the full flavour-drink effect

  4. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Did I mention that honey is twice as sweet as sugar (so you only need 1/2 the amount?; ) or that honey is both germicidal and anti-fungal and speeds healing or that honey is hydrophilic (absorbs water) so it keeps baked-goods fresh longer? More here:
    http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-nutrition.html

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