Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait is one of the most magnificently yummy-smelling tisanes I’ve ever smelled. It smells like strawberry rhubarb pie à la mode. For real. Maybe without the crust, but either way, it’s amazing.
I’ve prepared this two ways: hot and cold brewed.
Hot, it took me by surprise. I normally can’t stand hibiscus hot. It’s a total deal-breaker, but here, it works. The liquor is a rich, deep pinkish red. And the flavour is, again, strawberry rhubarb pie à la mode. The yogurt bits truly transport this tea and keep that overly tart hibiscus in control. Furthermore, I think another reason why the hibiscus works here is because it lends the rhubarb a hand.
The cold brew is refreshing. Of course, it’s a lighter melon pink. The hibiscus backs up a little more and I can taste the strawberry here more. I can taste the rhubarb even more here too. The flavours are balanced out even better as a cold brew but I think that yogurt note is more appropriate hot. But either way, it makes a killer caffeine-free cold brew.
For the record, this tisane reminds me of my grandma’s strawberry rhubarb jam. She makes the greatest jam ever. I know many people say that about their family recipes! But I always loved her jam because she a) puts in as little sugar as possible (so her jam is always tart like this tisane) and b) not a lot of pectin, so it’s not weird and gelatinous. Now I want some of her homemade bread toasted with her homemade jam on top. :)
I think I actually prefer this hot over cold brewed. Didn’t see that coming! But I’d prepare it both ways again any day. Too bad I didn’t pick up more of this during the sale. What took me so long?!