Herbal Summer Detox Tea

A cooling, soothing, detoxing herbal tea that is gorgeous and delicious, I know what I am drinking all summer long! This recipe is a collaboration with Brandon Ruiz (find him on instagram here). He is an herbalist and a dear friend. I love his passion about herbal medicine and all things plants, and I admire his knowledge. He agreed to share one of his herbal tea recipes and I am totally in love with it. Hibiscus flower imbues this drink with its sweet aroma and the gorgeous red color. Holy basil lends a wonderful fragrance along with dandelion leaves, and lemongrass releases its rich citrusy essential oils into the tea. It tastes sweet without any added sweeteners, just magical!

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Purple Carrot Kvass

This beautiful red home fermented drink is called the purple carrot kvass, and besides being a delicious probiotic, it is also an interesting savory drink option.

I am a big fan of fermented drinks; their sour, earthy, mouthwatering taste, and their awesome probiotic benefits. I had published a continuous brew kombucha recipe before, and I still regularly make it. But I am now adding this kvass option to my home fermenting as my savory option. There aren’t many non-sweet and non-alcoholic drinks available, at least in the western cuisine, and I think that is unfortunate. I believe we get enough sugar as is, and I appreciate when there is a drink option that does away with sugar altogether. It may taste strange at first, sort of like a milder pickle juice, but it is a taste I came to crave on the regular. The recipe is below:

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Watermelon Slushie

There is nothing quite as refreshing as a cold, sweet watermelon in the summer. And it takes a few easy steps to turn watermelons into an amazingly cooling, delicious and innocent drink/dessert. The recipe is below:
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Continuous Brew Kombucha

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Meet Angela, my sweet friend, wonderful mom, foodie, artist, martial artist and the keeper of the instagram account @rawmamanature. She showed me how to home brew my latest obsession; kombucha.

While the kombucha itself is nothing new, my love for this wonderful fermented tea beverage grew exponentially this year. I think it is partly because of the fact that Charlotte, NC is home to the best tasting kombucha brand I came to try so far, namely the Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

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