Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cool Herbal Brews for Hot Summer Days

Herbal Academy for herbalists

Herbal Sun "Tea" is a seasonal favorite here.
This is one of those things that I just sort of do without thinking about recipes so much.
I go out early in the day (because honestly, that's the only time I can stand to be outdoors for long) and gather whatever tasty for tea herbs are most abundant.  I give them a quick rinse if I think they need it, toss them into a glass jar or pitcher, bruise them a bit with a wooden spoon to get the process going, and fill the pitcher with cool water.  I cover the container and set it in a sunny location on the back porch to infuse for a few hours.  By the heat of the afternoon when I am ready for an icy, cold drink, my herb 'tea' is ready.  If I am in the mood for a sweet drink, I add stevia or agave nectar.
Pour over ice, add a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint or a Pineapple Sage flower and it is tea time!

Here is a list of herbs that I choose from these days:
Lemon Balm (always a favorite)
Lemon Verbena
Pineapple Sage
Spearmint
Apple mint
Lavender (just a small amount because it can be a bit strong)
Rose geranium
Lemon geranium

Sometimes I toss in sliced fruit or a few berries, dandelion blossoms, or rose petals.  I may even add a tea bag or two- green tea most often.


Here's to cold herbal drinks on hot summer days!

Blessings,

Catherine Ann



1 comment:

  1. Oh this is great! I am writing these down. I never know what to add besides mint! Thank you so much! Great post. Wish I was having a glass right now!

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