Originally Posted by Marcimama
During my last pregnancy I tried to drink a lot of red raspberry leaf tea, it tasted like dirt to me. I ended up making it like sun tea but i chopped up some cubes of fresh ginger and put some slices of orange in it and it was delightful! I might have put some honey or maple sugar in it too... but it kept me drinking fluids!
You and me both, Marcimama! I couldn't force down RRLT no matter what. But nettle leaf tea makes a tasty green tea that has that "iced tea" taste without the tannic bite of real tea. It's quite drinkable, unlike many tisanes. And nettle leaf was one of the things my midwife recommended for building the blood, general nutrition, etc. Since I liked the taste way better than any of the pregnancy tea blends at the store, and absolutely hated RRLT enough that I didn't care how good it was supposed to be for me, I had nettle instead.
Hibiscus blossoms make a lovely deep red tart punch of sorts, that I sweeten with stevia... it's basically Jamaica (ha-MY-kah). Adding lemon and lime juice and seltzer makes it like a form of sangria I can actually have, and a nice treat beverage for after the kids are asleep and DH and I can have some us time. But some people don't like oversteeped hibiscus, so if that's the case with you, you can try steeping less long. I make "red" popsicles for the kids in summer with it, and when not pg, a nice dye-free, junk-free Grenadine for a nice drink, for myself!
The ginger and orange sounds wonderful, too!