Cascara

Summer is in full swing, so what better way to beat the heat by indulging in some iced tea? You’re undoubtedly familiar with our iced tea, so today we’ll be breaking the mold with a new beverage: The Cascara Fizz.

Cascara is an herbal tea made from the dried cherries of coffee beans and today’s recipe calls for cascara from Verve. Cascara fizz is a delicious alternative order found in certain third­wave cafes with Blue Bottle Coffee and Sightglass Coffee being notable examples.

The standard cascara fizz calls for 8 parts sparkling water and 1 part cascara, but this wouldn’t be Tea People Labs if we didn’t find our own spin on it! This recipe does call for some prep work ahead of time, so add patience to the list of ingredients.

We’re going to start by making the cascara concentrate, which is done by steeping 41 grams of cascara tea in 350 mL of water. Add sweetener to your liking before storing it in your fridge and allowing it to steep for at least 24 hours. This results in a dense and tart concentrate. The natural counterpoint to tartness is sweetness, and we’ve found that our Rose Black Tea is a fantastic partner in this tango of flavor. You’ll want to brew a concentrate of our rose black tea (double the strength of your normal steep). The last thing you’ll need is some sparkling water, and San Pellegrino will do the trick. Now on to the main event! Our cascara fizz will call for 6 parts sparkling water, 1 part cascara, and 1 part tea concentrate. Add some ice cubes and you’re all set.

The result is crisp, refreshing, and reminiscent of Porto wine. For a smoother alternative, you can swap out the Rose Black for our Muscat Oolong. Stay classy, stay thirsty, Tea People fans!