Introduction: Peet's Hibiscus Breeze Tea Cooler

This here is the recipe and instructions for delicious Peet's Hibiscus Breeze Tea Cooler (that's only available at the store during summer) so you can make it to your liking all year long! This recipe is witheld from the public...TILL NOW! and makes a scrumptious and refreshing afternoon drink (and not too mention a fantastic mixer or chaser for all you over 21...and those who choose ignore the drinking age!)

Step 1: Strange Brew!!!

The ingredients in this wonderful and OFFICIAL Peet's recipe are as follows:

1/4 lb. of Hibiscus C tea
12 oz. of boiling water
12 oz. lemonade
1/2 cup of white sugar
4 oz. cold water
Ice cubes to cool

Y'all will also need a tea-kettle, an iced-tea pitcher, and a tea pot of some sort

Step 2: Boil Me Tender...

Boil 12 oz. of water, DO NOT REMOVE KETTLE UNTIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS.

Step 3: Steep It! Steep It Realll Goood...

Pour the boiling water over the Hibiscus C tea into a teapot (or other heat-safe container, in our case we used a coffee presspot) and let steep for 5 minutes.

(If you prefer a stronger tea taste, feel free to let it steep a bit longer)

Step 4: Sugar Pie Honey Bunch...

After the tea has steeped for 5 minutes or so, use a strainer to separate the hot liquid from the loose tea into an iced-tea pitcher, and immediately afterward add the 1/2 cup of sugar.
This is critical to do directly after the tea has steeped so the sugar can dissolve in the hot liquid.

Gently stir to ensure that all sugar is dissolved.

Step 5: When Life Gives You Lemons...

... pour lemonade into the mix y'all!
After the sugar is dissolved into the concentrated tea, pour 12 oz. of cold lemonade into the pitch.
Continue to stir the mixture

Step 6: Adding Pure and Simple H20!!!

This step is simple y'all, while stirring, pour 4 oz. of cold fresh water into the pitcher.

yep, that's all for this step.

Step 7: I've Got Chilllls, They're Multiplyin'!!!

So what would an iced tea cooler be without the ice, right?
Once the mixture is completely stirred together, add a few handfuls of ice cubes to chill the drink.
If you really want to get festive, you can use fun ice cube shapes...we used puzzle and triangle ice-cube molds. Special ice shapes are the perfect mundane detail to dazzle your friends and show up Martha!!!

Step 8: It's All About the Presentation Y'all!

Add some more flare to this fabulous drink by pouring it into your favorite cocktail glass and adding a colorful garnish like a slice of lime or a lemon twist.

Your friends and dog will love it!!

Step 9: Ain't Nothin' Better Y'all!

This drink is best served chilled on a hot day. Add some banana loungers, Girl Talk's "Feed the Animals" album and a friend or two and you have an instant party!!

Comments

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picturesofsilver made it!(author)2015-06-26

I just discovered Hibiscus tea in Mexico! wow I just love the taste- so happy to find a recipe, I brought home some of the dried flowers to brew some! thanks great 'ible!

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dwss5 made it!(author)2015-05-31

First of all, gotta say that recipe author ChelsKeating is super cute!
That being said, IMNSHO, the main things I really think should be added to the recipe are:

1. DROP the sugar and lemonade called-for in the recipe.
NO WAY everyone is as sugar-tolerant as ChelsKeating and fans reading this!

2. Use more NATURAL ingredients, seriously!
People can just as easily use Hibiscus/Jamaica flowers, rosehips buds, cinnamon bark, lemongrass, chamomile flowers, ... for the recipe. You can usually find such "raw" herbs and spices at your local healthfood store (e.g. in my area, Whole Paycheck), and grind them up just before blending them for the tea. Using more of the natural/raw ingredients this way, the brewed tisane will be more fresh-tasting and likely a bit better for your health as well.

3. Consider adding STEVIA powder to the blend before brewing.
Such stevia powder is derived as extract from the Stevia rebaudiana/rebiana plant and is in such products as 'Truvia', 'Stevia in the Raw', 'PureVia', ...etc. Stevia powder adds some deliciously delicate, low-calorie, natural sweetness to such a Hibiscus Breeze Tea Cooler.

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bruman made it!(author)2013-08-05

[Correction] After letting it steep for 5 minutes, add the strained liquid into the same pitcher as your initial batch to discover you now have 6 cups of finished tea, to which you the amount equal to the boiled water -- or if your pitcher is not large enough, add what you can ... say 2 cups of lemonade to fill it to the brim. Hypothetically speaking, of course!

[Should read] After letting it steep for 5 minutes, add the strained liquid into the same pitcher as your initial batch to discover you now have 6 cups of finished tea, to which you add the lemonade in an amount equal to that of the boiled water (per ChelsKeating's instructions) -- or if your pitcher is not large enough, add what you can ... say 2 cups of lemonade to fill it to the brim. Hypothetically speaking, of course!

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bruman made it!(author)2013-08-05

I just discovered this recipe thread and am wondering if any of the people that commented actually tried making the tea, following the recipe. I see people talking around the topic but not actually saying "I made it according to the recipe and it tastes great!"

As for me, looking at the amount of loose leaf tea looks suspicious. Did you *really* mean 1/4 cup (instead of 1/4 pound)? Because when I do the math, 1/4 cup sounds plausible; while 1/4 lb is really "out there".

On Peet's website, a pound of loose-leaf Hibiscus C Blend is $23.80 (minus tax and shipping). 1 pound = 453.6 grams. $23.80 / 453.6 = 5 cents per gram. Therefore, 1/4 lb = 113 grams or $5.65 worth of loose-leaf tea.

Also on Peet's website, a box of Hibiscus C Blend teabags contain 25 bags and sells for $6.95. Each bag has about 2 oz of tea (the whole individual package is approx 4 oz). So, to get the equivalent of 1/4 lb., you would need to buy 2 boxes of teabags (2 x $6.95 = $13.90) and then manually snip each bag to empty its tea.

So, as you can see buying the loose-leaf tea is more economical (5 cents/gram vs. 14 cents/gram for teabags and also much less labor-intensive.

Entirely hypothetically speaking -- assuming you did charge full steam into the original directions without questioning the amount of tea, lets move on to making the tea. With 1/4 pound of tea, the 12 oz of boiled water doesn't even cover it. in fact, 24 oz barely covers it. And when you're done steeping the tea, you pour it into a pitcher to find out that half the water has been absorbed by the tea "mulch." So, what can you do? Round 2, make another batch of tea, utilizing the used "mulch" ... this time with maybe 4 cups of boiling water! After letting it steep for 5 minutes, add the strained liquid into the same pitcher as your initial batch to discover you now have 6 cups of finished tea, to which you the amount equal to the boiled water -- or if your pitcher is not large enough, add what you can ... say 2 cups of lemonade to fill it to the brim. Hypothetically speaking, of course!

As to the matter of sugar, when you can't fit anything more into the pitcher, you can easily rationalize that you really don't need it, because the lemonade has plenty of sugar; or tell your family and friends that each can sweeten their glass to their palate's content.

OR ... you can just use 1/4 cup of loose-leaf tea (instead of 1/4 lb.) and the recipe will work out, perfectly ... hypothetically speaking ;)

Hey, adding a little more lemonade and ice spruced it right up. A little glass of heaven, right here!

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mfranze made it!(author)2012-01-12

You can buy Hibiscus tea loose at many ethnic supermarkets too. Like if you live in California, try Vallarta or Superior.

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ChelsKeating made it!(author)2009-04-14

Keep in mind that this is a tea-juice drink, so you get all the sweetness of drinking lemonade with the benefits of drinking herbal tea. I love the hibiscus blend because it gives me this ridiculous burst of energy. Usually when someone asks me to describe it, I tell them that after I drink it, I feel like I can take over the world. As for the rooibos goes, it's probably in my top three iced-teas (pure chai would have to be next to rooibus and hibiscus). While I haven't tried brewing and mixing rooibus to concoct a cooer of some sort, I believe you're right that it's vanilla flavors would go fantastic with vodka...maybe brewing some up with a vanilla bean for added intensity and adding some simple syrup into the mix...?

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Vulcanator made it!(author)2009-04-21

are you from down south?

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Vulcanator made it!(author)2009-04-21

Is Peets like a southern starbucks?

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tirwander made it!(author)2010-07-24

I'm from the south and have never heard of a Peets... there are, sadly, Starbucks here too. The cursed death of the locally owned coffee shops with the locally roasted, fresh beans and baristas that know what they are doing... :***(

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mistyhighs made it!(author)2009-05-16

hey thanks for posting this recipe, how'd you come up with the concoction?! Also, where would I be able to buy the Hibiscus C Tea?

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appmobile made it!(author)2010-01-11

nice incructions! i try make too  

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theoxygenkiosk made it!(author)2009-04-15

You could always put up the Jasmine Lime Cooler for consistency...

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cmangahas made it!(author)2009-08-29

I tried to make my own Jasmine Lime Cooler roughly following the instructions above; you can find the recipe at: http://toddlerwhoate.com/?p=21
or by searching for lime cooler at the toddlerwhoate.com

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theoxygenkiosk made it!(author)2009-08-30

The recipe is close but not quite it...

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Evolvingmom made it!(author)2009-07-13

Does it require one of those nifty handmade aprons???

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cofosho made it!(author)2009-07-02

"Your friends and dog will love it." Classy!

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jtruxall made it!(author)2009-07-02

Yum

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Lenzaaar made it!(author)2009-06-29

this is terrific, i'd like to marry you. hahahah, enjoy the weekend

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l8nite made it!(author)2009-06-04

looks tasty..so does the tea }=-} A simple syrup makes making tea of any kind easier, 1cup sugar , one cup water, heat to disolve and allow to cool

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SinAmos made it!(author)2009-04-30

Works out for me. Let's throw a party. I'll make BBQ chicken pizza from scratch.

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tarzioo made it!(author)2009-04-22

I think I might trying out this recipe. It looks yummy! I'll let you know how it turns out lol

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radiochemist made it!(author)2009-04-14

word on the street is that Peet is very angry that you're telling everyone his secret recipe and has dispatched his tea goons to find you!

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Vulcanator made it!(author)2009-04-21

WHO IS PEET?

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theoxygenkiosk made it!(author)2009-04-15

Peet is dead...

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radiochemist made it!(author)2009-04-15

maybe thats just what he wants you to think. peet is currently enjoying a hibiscus breeze tea cooler somewhere the people say "y'all" a lot.

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NatureTM made it!(author)2009-04-14

Your mom and your sister are hot Peet.

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shady180 made it!(author)2009-04-14

You're wearing my Grandma's glasses! She's been looking for them for three days, now!

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VALDUCCI made it!(author)2009-04-14

I think I'm sad to say that I've never had a "PEET'S" before but I'll be tryin' it out soon. What I would really like is the pattern fer that thar snazzy apern yer a'wearin"! Is that a possibility? Hmmmm?

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ChelsKeating made it!(author)2009-04-14

If only! my housemate actually found that at a garage sale for 50 cents, trust me, if I only had a pattern, we'd have a hundred different colors of them!

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goodgnus made it!(author)2009-04-14

"And I'm looooosing, control!" I remember watching Disney animated music videos when I was a kid and that was one of the songs. I love Hibiscus/Rosehip hot tea so this should be quite enjoyable. Thanks for the inside scoop!

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colettei made it!(author)2009-04-13

I am so happy to see some Peet's loving! I've been working at Peet's for a couple years now and it is an incredibly awesome place! I wanted to mention to the dude with the question about getting the Hibiscus C, we also sell it in bulk loose leaf at the stores, it really changes the flavor of the tisane if it's not ground up for bag-size. Also, if I might mention the ratio is a little off, we make it 64 ounces of liquid to half a cup of sugar. I don't have the recipe right in front of me, but as coffee-tea specialist at my store, if anyone refuses to give out this recipe, they have absolutely no reason to do so. It's a favorite all around and we love to share our wonderful drinks! I bet yours tastes awesome though, thank you for sharing!

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MechEngineerMike made it!(author)2009-04-13

Where do you get Hibiscus C tea? I like how you said y'all 5 times in this instructable, and very nice overly acted photos, haha.

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ChelsKeating made it!(author)2009-04-13

You can get the tea in bags at any Peet's Coffee and Tea store, or online at peets.com. You can either cut the tea-bags open (you'll probably need about 10 bags or so) or just steep the bags for longer than 5 minutes, and make the rest of the cooler according to the posted steps.

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bumpus made it!(author)2009-04-13

It might be a good idea to rotate your pictures before you upload them. Makes it a bit easier to figure out whats happening in the picture. :D

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ChelsKeating made it!(author)2009-04-13

thanks for the feedback...done, and done!

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