Rooibos Iced Tea with Rhubarb + Rose

Rhubarb + Rose Iced Rooibos Tea ⎮ happy hearted kitchenRhubarb + Rose Iced Rooibos Tea ⎮ happy hearted kitchenRhubarb + Rose Iced Rooibos Tea ⎮ happy hearted kitchenRhubarb + Rose Iced Rooibos Tea ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

I feel as though I have been operating on a higher than normal frequency this week.  Everything being so new and exciting here, and at the same time trying to get that to-do list checked off with things like car insurance and post office boxes. As I mentioned last time, and I am impatient but I am also really easily flustered. Getting all thrown off, probably looking a little bit too far into the future and not focusing on what is right for right now. If you have even just the slightest idea of what I’m talking about, then take 2 minutes to watch this. And then relax. We’re moving in the right direction.

We got a flash spring storm last night. Sometimes all it takes is a burst of electric energy and a glass of something cool to sip on to make us feel centered again. Maybe it’s nature’s way of reminding us to reset. Maybe not. Either way things feel clearer.  Those first few moments after a storm are my favorite. It’s been unseasonably warm here so the cool night air was a welcomed change. I don’t know what the weather has been like where you are, sometimes spring can be all over the map – but here’s hoping that there is some rhubarb and a few cool evenings in your near future.

Rhubarb + Rose Iced Rooibos Tea ⎮ happy hearted kitchenRhubarb + Rose Iced Rooibos Tea ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

Rhubarb + Rose Iced Rooibos Tea ⎮ happy hearted kitchen


Rhubarb is one of my favorite seasonal finds. Because it only last a short time, I always feel like I need to do something special with it. This refreshing pink spring tea is such a treat on a hot day. Look for rhubarb stalks that are mostly pink in color, otherwise your tea might end up looking a bit brown. A hint of mint or ginger would be really lovely here too, and would be a great replacement if you can’t get your hands on dried rose petals. I strain out the rhubarb before adding the tea and petals, that way I can keep the rhubarb for smoothies or compotes. 

Hope it’s a sunny spring wherever you are! x

Serves 6.


4 cups sliced rhubarb
6 cups filtered water
2 tablespoons dried organic rose petals
1/4 cup loose leaf rooibos tea, or 2-3 bags depending on how strong you want it
Raw unpasteurized honey, to taste – about 2 – 4 tablespoons


Place rhubarb and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Strain rhubarb from water, and return rhubarb infused water to the pot. Add rose petals and rooibos and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain again. Stir in honey for desired sweetness.

Let cool in the fridge for a few hours. Shake before serving. Serve with ice cubes and garnish with rose petals.

Keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to one week.

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  • Reply
    Shelley Ludman
    May 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    These photos are blowing my mind girl, seriously stunning! That Revy light is 100% working for you! I can’t wait to make these super refreshing looking drinks as soon as it gets warm. xx

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      Jodi Kay
      May 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Here’s hoping it gets warm soon back home for you guys! Have the most wonderful trip, soak up all that gorgeous scenery. With so much love + rhubarb x

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    May 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Stunning photos, Jodi!! You really captured the simplicity and beauty of such a lovely drink. It really does look like it would be resetting :)

    • Reply
      Jodi Kay
      May 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! A little pink reset is just what to doctor ordered ;) x

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    May 18, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Oh man are we on the same wavelength girl! It makes me feel a bit at ease reading your words here. We are all on the right path indeed – patience is the hardest part. This storm sounds like my favorite spring thing. And with this sip? I’m salivating staring at these photos Jodi. So stunning and delicious, I want a sip now ;) xo

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      Jodi Kay
      May 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you, Jessie. With a few moves in the past year, I’m pretty rushed to feel settled, but I know that it takes time. I guess the biggest thing is knowing where you want to be, and since that’s already checked off the list, I guess all we have to do know if sit back and enjoy the scenery ;) Hoping you have a rad week and get to explore xx

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    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    May 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I am so in love with your blog, Jodi! I just spent some time reading all of your travel posts and a handful of recipes, and I got choked up more than once. Your writing is so thoughtful and poignant. I am inspired to take a trip like yours! It has always been a dream of mine to bike across Canada, but actually seeing what you did makes me feel like it is an achievable goal, so thank you! xo

    • Reply
      Jodi Kay
      May 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Oh Maya! Thank you so much. It means a lot to me that you took the time to say hi and write a few (very kind) words here. Achieving goals is an incredible thing! We just drove across Canada, it would quite the adventure to bike it that’s for sure. If you ever want to chat more about what it’s like to spend a few months on two wheels, I’m always here! Hope you’re having a sunny spring, talk soon x

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