Good Eats // Blackcurrant Tea Tonic

Barkers of Geraldine Blackcurrant & Apple Refresher

Winter is coming, and generally speaking that means sniffles are coming too. Dosing up on Vitamin C is something I do over winter to keep me feeling great and bugs at bay. This recipe is a delicious way of getting a boost of Vitamin C!

Clinical nutritionist and naturopath Sheena Hendon says, “We all know that prevention is better than the cure. Ensuring you and your family are as healthy and well as possible before the cold weather hits is key and Barker’s Blackcurrant syrups are a delicious and easy way to get a daily dose of Vitamin C.”

Barker’s Blackcurrant syrups are also great paired with nature’s other winter wellness heroes such as oregano, thyme, garlic or turmeric, or try Barker’s Lemon, Honey & Ginger syrup as a hot winter drink. 

Barker’s Blackcurrant Syrups contains 48% NZ squeezed blackcurrant juice, with 750 blackcurrants squeezed into each 710ml bottle.  They contain at least 100% of the daily requirements of vitamin C per 200ml serve (when diluted as directed and consumed as part of a healthy diet).

Barkers of Geraldine Blackcurrant & Apple Refresher// Blackcurrant Tea Tonic Recipe

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 rooibos tea bags, or 1 tbsp loose leaf rooibos tea
  • ½ cup Barker’s Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrant fruit syrup
  • 2 tsps Manuka honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder or seeds (see tips)
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, torn


  1. Bring water to boil, add 2 cups of boiling water to rooibos tea and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
  2. Add tea to small saucepan, add Lite Squeezed NZ Blackcurrants fruit syrup, honey, coconut oil, vanilla powder or seeds and mint leaves.
  3. Bring to boil and simmer for a few minutes, then turn off heat and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain and before serving give the tonic a good mix as the coconut oil will naturally come to the surface.
  5. Enjoy! Serve with a few fresh mint leaves.

TIP // If you have any vanilla beans you can chop these up or use the whole bean; alternatively you could also use the seeds of one fresh vanilla pod.

Yum! Hope you enjoyed this recipe – What is your go to feel better drink?
Laura xx

Recipe via Barker’s of Geraldine

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