Hibiscus Iced Tea

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Warm weather makes me crave never-ending glasses of iced tea. Usually I brew my own, with whatever tea I have on hand-- green jasmine, ginger, or this gorgeous magenta hibiscus from Traditional Medicinals. 

HIBISCUS ICED TEA

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5-6 TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS ORGANIC HIBISCUS TEA BAGS

THUMB SIZE PIECE OF GINGER, PEELED AND SLICED 

1 LEMON

PITCHER WITH ICE

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Tie the tea bags in a knot so they don't separate during the steeping process. Peel and slice the ginger (a spoon works beautifully and won't cut you) and set into a tea mesh sieve or right into the glass pyrex cup. I recommend glass (like this Pyrex quart cup) instead of plastic for steeping the tea, since the boiling water will heat the plastic significantly. 

Let the tea steep and cool for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Discard the ginger and tea bags, and pour the tea over ice and sliced lemon in a pitcher. Follow the tea with filtered water to dilute and increase the volume. Serve in chilled glasses and it will stay extra icy on a hot day. 

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I love this tea because it's caffeine free, full of tart flavor, and is super refreshing (and pretty to look at) on those days when only iced tea will suffice.

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.