Iced Tea Goes Herbal: 4 Fresh Recipes


Rev up your summer iced tea with these recipes that rely on herbs and no real “tea” at all; perfect for sipping all day long and using up any garden herbs you’re growing or have on hand from cooking.

If you consume a lot of iced tea, check out these fun, very practical iced-tea containers that make whipping up herbal iced teas a breeze.

Note: Technically, tea refers to the leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. Here, we use the term to refer to botanical infusions.

1.  Ginger Yerba Mate Iced Tea
In Argentina, this mineral-rich tea is consumed more than coffee. When made into a tea, the plant offers gently stimulating effects. For this recipe, fresh ginger provides the background flavor.

Ingredients
4 tea bags or ¼ cup loose tea
6 cups of hot water
3 coins of freshly sliced ginger

Optional: honey or stevia

Instructions
Pour just-boiled water over tea bags and ginger, and honey or stevia if using; stir once and allow to cool. Pour over ice and serve; strain if using loose tea. Dilute with water if desired.

2.  Peach Basil Iced Tea
Basil and peach may not seem like an ideal match, but their distinct flavors marry well in this invigorating tea.

Ingredients
4 peach tea bags
6 cups of hot water
6 or so basil leaves

Optional: honey or stevia

Instructions
Pour just-boiled water over tea bags and basil, and honey or stevia if using; stir once and allow to cool. Pour over ice and serve. Dilute with water if desired.

3.  Sage Tea
Okay, sage may sound strange as a tea, but it works. Give it a try and you’ll be surprised by the gentle and very refreshing flavor, which works great in an iced tea.

Ingredients
4 tbs fresh sage, chopped
6 cups hot water
Honey

Instructions
Pour just-boiled water over sage and honey, stir once and allow to cool. Pour through strainer over ice and serve. Dilute with water if desired.

4.  Mint Sun Tea
This is a fun one to make with kids, who like to watch the sun brew the tea. You’ll need a large sun-tea container; you can get them at most kitchen stores.

Ingredients
2 mint tea bags
1 cup macerated mint leaves
Lemon slices for garnish

Optional: honey or stevia

Instructions
Simply toss the ingredients into the sun-tea container, fill with filtered water and leave it in the sun for 6 hours or so.


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