Tea isn't only for summer. Fake the heat with this hibiscus tea and citrus blend. Whether spiked with vodka or alcohol-free, it's a great twist to the traditional hot chocolates and coffees of the cold wintry evenings. But by all means, serve it warm if you're in the mood for hot tea.
Ingredients: 6 cups water 3 cups dried hibiscus flowers ($12/lb; earthy.com) 2 ½ cups sugar 3 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoon lime juice 1 ½ cups vodka, chilled 2 cups ice Fresh slices of lemon for garnish
Directions: In a medium saucepan, combine water, hibiscus flowers, and sugar over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Allow mixture to cool for 25 minutes. Add lemon juice, lime juice and vodka. Pace ice in a tall pitcher. Strain tea into pitcher and discard flowers. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with a thin slice of lemon.