Hooray, my first Recipe ReDux recipe! And let me tell you this was a tough one: edible flowers. had a hard time finding what I wanted around my town. I even traveled out of town and couldn’t find what I was looking for! I had dreams of lavender (with lemonade or shortbread), but I couldn’t seem to locate any. But no worries! Tea to the rescue 🙂
My sister introduced me to the Tulsi Sweet Rose tea not too long ago and I promptly ordered a couple boxes of my own. If you love the smell of roses, this tea is for you – it’s amazing! This tea actually has several different types of flowers in it: rose petals, chamomile flowers, and several varieties of tulsi (holy basil) flowers.
So this is a mock bubble tea – there are no giant tapioca pearls (boba) in this drink, mostly because I couldn’t find them around here either! I live in a small town without too many exotic food choices, I make do! Frozen blueberries give the same look to your drink and they keep your drink cold, and and they are fun to eat, too. But of course the texture will not be the same as a traditional bubble tea, and the blueberries mostly float instead of sink to the bottom. I have yet to try a real bubble tea! Sad, I know, but I will have to special order some boba to make it sometime.
Get creative with this mock bubble tea by trying other kinds of teas, like herbal fruit teas or earl grey. Or you can experiment with other frozen berries – raspberries would be yummy, too! If you have access to the big tapioca pearls usually used in bubble teas, make it with them and let me know what you think of the flower flavored bubble tea 🙂
Sweet Rose Mock Bubble Tea
Gluten Free, Vegan; Free of: dairy, soy, peanuts, sugar
- 1-2 bags of Tulsi Sweet Rose tea
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/4 cup ice
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- Brew the Sweet Rose tea by pouring 1/4 cup hot water over 1 or 2 teabags and let it steep for several minutes. You will want this tea brewed strong!
- Once it has brewed, stir in 1/4 cup ice cubes into the tea to chill it. The ice cubes should melt as it cools the tea so you will then have 1/2 cup cold Sweet Rose tea.
- Stir in the almond milk and add blueberries.
- The Tulsi Sweet Rose tea has stevia leaf in it so it is a bit sweet on it’s own, but if you want more sweetness you can stir in some stevia or maple syrup.
Check out the other great edible flower recipes from Recipe Redux members!