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Summer Cocktail: A Refreshing Herbal Highball

An herbal highball on a picnic blanket with fresh fruit.

It’s hot in Oregon this summer. Really, really hot. Which means it’s time for my favorite cooling herbal cocktail. When the thermometer is pushing uncomfortably into the 90s (and just don’t even get me started on our recent 111 day here in Eugene), I start thinking about a good hibiscus highball. The beauty of this highball is that it uses ingredients I always have on hand and gives me easy options to customize flavors for different people with my choices of tea and ginger beer. I like to use our Hibiscus High Tea because it is full of some of my favorite herbal allies and I love the cooling power and gorgeous, deep red of hibiscus. Sometimes I also brew up a Lemon Tea or Vanilla Rooibos for a delicious change of pace. Enjoy!

You will need to make the tea in advance, so it has time to chill completely before making highballs.

Gif of an herbal highball being made.

Summer Highball

Makes 1 highball



  1. Brew and steep tea of choice according to package directions. Put in refrigerator to cool completely.
  2. When tea is cold, combine tea with ice and alcohol of choice in a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  3. Strain into a highball or Collins glass.
  4. Top with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with optional sprig of fresh mint and orange peel.

Summer Herbal Highballs in tall glasses garnished with mint and orange slices.

Summer Highball Punch Recipe

Makes about 25 drinks.

If you need to serve a summer crowd, punch is the way to go!



  1. Thoroughly mix tea, ginger beer, and alcohol with ice in a large bowl.
  2. Allow guests to ladle the punch into ice-filled cups.


Want to make a delicious, cooling herbal mocktail?

Try this Berry Rose Mocktail with a Sizzle of Ginger



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Summer Cocktail: A Refreshing Herbal Highbal Pinterest pin for Mountain Rose Herbs


Topics: Recipes, Tea & Herbal Drinks


Written by Shawn on August 19, 2021

Shawn is Mountain Rose Herbs' owner and CEO. He first became involved with Mountain Rose Herbs as a passionate young idealist with a fervent desire to change the world. He was a notorious rabble-rouser, always petitioning for mandatory labeling on genetically modified food crops, encouraging people to support a strong conservation ethic, fighting for the protection of endangered or threatened species, and the protection and enhancement of our riparian areas. When Mountain Rose Herbs came into his life, Shawn saw it as an opportunity to change the way business is conducted on this planet. To this day, the revolutionary business principles that Shawn initiated have been used as a successful model by countless other organizations. Since becoming a co-owner of the company in 2001, he has continued to initiate bold and daring changes, most notably the eradication of all conventionally grown products from our product line, introducing the first line of fair trade certified medicinal herbs in the United States, implementing the design and deployment of our web presence, launching our zero waste program and our charitable giving program, and more. In his spare time, Shawn can be found deep within Oregon’s wilderness system, or lost in the pages of any book about ecology and the environment. He currently retains one of the nation’s largest collections of rare and antiquarian books that deal exclusively with nature writing and outdoor literature. With Thoreau, Abbey, and Muir being his favorites, of course! "All of our environmental issues can be connected to the embarrassing way that business abuses this planet. My objective is to stop this destructive pattern by offering an alternative modality and sharing that modality with others so we can all lead the change necessary to heal the planet"

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