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Strawberry Hibiscus Sparkling Water

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The weather is starting to warm up and I couldn’t be more excited. But when it’s hot outside, nothing makes me happier than a cool, refreshing drink. I use to reach for Diet Coke when I wanted something cold in the afternoon, but a couple years ago I decided to give up soda. Have you ever done that? Was it is so hard for you too? Even after 3 years I still want a large frosty Diet Coke when the weather warms up. So these last two years I have been having fun making other options to keep my cravings at bay. Flavored waters are one of my favorite soda substitutes and this Strawberry Hibiscus Sparkling Water is now my new favorite!

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This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and the perfect drink for summer. | Housefulofhandmade.com

I’ve always loved the look of hibiscus flowers. They make me think of Hawaii. But it wasn’t until recently that I learned they are edible. You can typically find the flowers dried into a tea, but when I was at the grocery store the other day, I needed some bulk spices and as I was searching for the one I came for I noticed dried hibiscus flowers. I was so excited! With no clue how I was going to use them, and the full support of my sweet little 4 year old, we hurried and filled a little bag full of the dried flowers.

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This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and perfect for summer. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Now I was a little worried because the dried hibiscus flowers kinda look like a dried up squid to me. They are very dark in color, almost black, with the petals all dried up looking like tentacles. But I decided to just toss a couple of those scary looking dried flowers into my water bottle the other day and it was amazing!

This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and perfect for summer. | Housefulofhandmade.com

The hibiscus makes your drink a VIBRANT pink. Seriously, look at how bold that color is. And to get that bold color all you need to do is let the flowers steep in the cool water for a couple hours, that’s it. They also have a slightly tart flavor. Don’t expect a super sweet, kid drink from the hibiscus flowers. The flavor is floral and tart, almost like a cranberry, but very refreshing.

This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and perfect for summer. | Housefulofhandmade.com

To give the hibiscus flavored water a bit more sweetness I decided to toss in a few fresh strawberries. The strawberries have been on sale these last couple weeks so I have case of them in my fridge all the time. The combination of the sweet strawberries and the tart hibiscus make this flavored water amazing.

This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and perfect for summer. | Housefulofhandmade.com

I have been throwing a couple hibiscus flowers and a few strawberries into my water bottle almost every day, but today I had to take it one step further… sparkling water… and now I’m hooked. A little sweet, a little tart, and a whole lotta bubbles are definitely going to come in handy when I am craving a cold drink this spring and summer. So long Diet Coke!

This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and perfect for summer. | Housefulofhandmade.com

Three small house shaped air plant holders made from clear plastic sheets filled with gold rocks and air plants.

How to Make a House Shaped Air Plant Holder

Yield: 3 Air Plant Holders
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Make fun and modern house shaped air plant holders with this simple tutorial.

Instructions

  1. Cut out your plant sheet to size with two pieces for the side walls, one for the bottom, two for the roof and two for the front/back support.
  2. Once the pieces are cut, peel the protective film off both sides of the pieces before gluing them together.
  3. Run a small bead of glue along the bottom edge of the side piece and attach it to the side of the bottom piece.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Attach the front and back by running a thin bead of glue along the front edge of the bottom and just the lower part of the sides.
  6. Place the support piece on top of it. Repeat on the back.
  7. Attach the roof by running a thin bead of glue along the top of the side piece and then attach the roof piece at an angle.
  8. Attach the second roof piece to the other side.
  9. Run a bead of glue to one of the roof piece tops and press the other to secure.
  10. Use the gold sharpie paint pen to paint over the glue and corners.
  11. Fill your DIY air plant terrarium with decorative rocks, soil, marbles, or vase filler.
  12. Create a small dent in the center of your filler with your fingers.
  13. Nestle the air plants into the dent to keep it from falling over. 
Have a wonderful spring and summer!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati
This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and the perfect drink for summer. | Housefulofhandmade.com
Two stemless wine glasses on a wood table with strawberry hibiscus water inside them.

Strawberry Hibiscus Sparkling Water

Yield: 1 Drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is my new favorite flavored water recipe! This strawberry hibiscus sparkling water is so refreshing and perfect for summer.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 16.9 oz bottles sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Slice strawberries and place in a pitcher.
  2. Add dried hibiscus flowers.
  3. Pour one bottle of sparkling water over the strawberries and hibiscus flowers. Refrigerate for a couple hours.
  4. Pour second bottle of sparkling water into pitcher right before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

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