Citrus Tea with Hibiscus and Goji Berries

The nice folks at True Lemon sent each member of the Virtual Potluck group a sampler of their products including True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange for Cooking, Baking, Beverages, True Lemon and True Orange for Your Water, True Lemonade, True Raspberry Lemonade, True Grapefruit plus True Lemon and True Lime shakers. Oh, and we got a t-shirt too! (Some shirts say “Live True” and some say “It’s True! 100% Natural.” Which would you rather have across your chest?)

Citrus Tea with Hibiscus and Goji Berries

The True Lemon family of products are made from a process which concentrates cold-pressed citrus juices and oils into a crystal form. The result is portable citrus flavor without having to carry around fresh lemon, lime or orange wedges. Keep reading for a chance to win some of these products for yourself.

There are many things I like about these products.

  • They have 5 calories or less and less than 1g carbs.
  • They do not contain artificial sweeteners.
  • They have no preservatives, colors, sodium or gluten.
  • They have 25% of an adult’s daily Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C is essential for healthy tissues and bones, may lower cholesterol, keeps skin radiant, helps your body absorb iron, reduces inflammation and helps you manage stress. It also reduces the severity and duration of a cold.

True Lemon gift box

So that’s the background. How did I actually use these products?

  • I sprinkled True Lime into Avocado Quesadillas. I got the flavor I wanted without having to use lime juice which would have made the quesadilla filling too soupy.
  • I added True Lemon and True Lime to mashed avocado before freezing it.
  • I combined plain Greek-style yogurt with 1 teaspoon True Lime and a touch of Kosher salt, then used the mixture as a dressing for cole slaw.
  • I used True Lemon & True Lime, True Grapefruit and True Orange with seltzer water to see if I could reproduce the taste of Sprite, Squirt and Orange Crush soda. I couldn’t. I did learn that the difference between club soda and seltzer water is that club soda has sodium, however.
  • I gave samples of True Lemonade and True Raspberry Lemonade to some friends. They said “True Lemon worked well for us. It was a nice change to the bottled flavored water in the store.”

But the best thing I did with True Lemon and True Orange was brew some refreshing iced tea (see recipe below). Every day, the Grillmaster and I watch sunset. This time of year we can see it just fine from our deck, but during the summer we actually have to make some effort to find a good viewing spot. The Grillmaster always pours himself a glass of wine and I always feel deprived. The Citrus Tea with Hibiscus and Goji Berries makes me feel like I have a special sunset drink too.

I had never used dried goji berries before. They don’t have a whole lot of taste when you eat them raw, but I really liked them steeped for tea. After making the tea, I saved the berries and added them to my oatmeal the next morning. It was a great alternative to raisins and dried cranberries.

I didn’t have any hibiscus flowers when I made the first batch of tea. It was good, but I liked the ruby red batch with the hibiscus better. Did you know hibiscus is a natural diuretic that is recommended for people with diabetes and kidney problems? Hibiscus is also good for people with heart problems – it brings down blood pressure, may reduce cholesterol in the body and helps boost your immune system. If you can’t find hibiscus flowers, there are several mail order sources including amazon.com (see below for links).

If you’d like to see what the rest of the Virtual Potluck gang did with their True Lemon products, visit Cooking with Books who is hosting this potluck.

Giveaway

Would you like to try True Lemon products in your own kitchen? Well you’re in luck, because I’ll be giving away a gift set that includes a box each of True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, True Grapefruit, True Lemonade, True Raspberry Lemonade, a True Lemon shaker, a True Lime shaker and a t-shirt. Just leave a comment below and tell me which product you’d most like to try and how you would use it. I’m sure the folks at True Lemon would also appreciate it if you liked them on Facebook and followed them on Twitter. The contest will run through Sunday, March 18, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 19, 2012. You must be at least 18 years of age with a U.S. mailing address to win. No purchase is necessary; void where prohibited.

Disclosure: I received a free gift set including a box each of True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, True Grapefruit, True Lemonade, True Raspberry Lemonade, a True Lemon shaker, a True Lime shaker, and a t-shirt plus a second gift set to give away. Please see my disclosures page for more information.

Citrus Tea with Hibiscus and Goji Berries
 
A citrusy twist on iced tea.
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 packet True Lemon for Your Water (unsweetened)
  • 1 packet True Orange for Your Water (naturally sweet)
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • orange and/or lemon slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine goji berries, hibiscus flowers, agave nectar, cinnamon stick and contents of True Lemon and True Orange packets in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over. Let steep for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Whisk, then strain into a pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish with fruit slices.
Notes
If you want to completely eliminate the sugar in this recipe, leave out the agave nectar.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 31 Fat: 0g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 7g Sugar: 6g Sodium: 9mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg

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Comments

  1. Athena says

    I would love to try the True Orange. I would use it in my smoothies and also would like to use it in baked goods.

  2. barbara says

    I would like to try the True Lemonade. We make fresh lemonade every other day because we don’t use sugar or artificial sweeteners.

  3. Caro says

    I have used True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange. The one I want to try next is Raspberry Lemonade.

  4. says

    I would love to have the True Lemon in a shaker. The packets are great for on the go, but the shaker would be perfect for in the kitchen.

    Thanks for the review and giveaway chance!

  5. says

    Love, love true orange, lemon and lime! I can’t wait to try the other flavors. I drink a ton of water now because I am starting to run again and putting in some True Lemon or Orange makes it easier to drink! I also use True Lemon on fish and veggies. I just read that you can flavor icing with it…yeah!

  6. says

    Would love to try the True Lemon in my Greek Chicken Soup for when I have a cold! Lemons have become outrageously priced (2 for $1.69 in my local supermarket!) so having the packets would make so much more sense!

  7. Kimberly says

    I would love to try the True Orange in water or to make iced tea. I am trying to kick the soda habit and this would help.

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