It’s Shower Brunch Season – In the states, April showers sometimes bring May flowers…but in the case of The Recipe ReDux, May brings shower brunches: Bridal showers, baby showers, graduations parties. This month we are sharing our favorite healthy brunch dishes (not forgetting the cocktails and mocktails of course) for the upcoming ‘shower season.’
Bridal showers or kitchen teas (as we call them in SA) are actually very topical for me right now as I am a bridesmaid for a dear friend who is getting married this Saturday. We had her kitchen tea just this last weekend.
When it comes to brunch drinks, like: fruit juice, commercial ice teas, bloody marys and “adult” coffees – are an easy way to go overboard on the calories without even realizing it. I would suggest – limit the high calorie drinks to just one and then switch to lighter options… And this is where my recipe for this month’s ReDux comes in – how about a homemade ice tea for a refreshing, lower calorie alternative:
- 4 Rooibos tea bags
- 1 litre water
- 5 cm or thumb-sized piece of ginger peeled and finely sliced (adjust according to personal taste)
- zest from 1 orange - I use a peeler for long thick strands
- small handful of mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- juice from 1 orange
- extra slices orange, mint and ice to serve (optional)
Fill a heat proof jug with boiling water and add tea bags. While it is hot, add all the ingredients and allow to infuse.
Once cooled to lukewarm, strain the tea and refrigerate until you are ready to enjoy it.
Another fun way to jazz up drinks for a shower is to get creative with your ice cubes. Try:
– frozen fruit skewers
– fun ice cube shapes
– freeze edible flowers, fresh fruits or fresh herbs into ice cubes.