Last year we asked reader for favorite herbal teas that held up to being iced. Here is a excerpt from that article:
Ginger and Hibiscus Tea
2 parts ginger
1 part hibiscus
1/2 part cranberries (if you want some extra tart)
honey to taste (for some sweet)
Peppermint and Green Tea
2 parts peppermint
1 part green tea
Dirty Girl (from our local coffee shop Mean Cup)
1/2 c drip coffee
1 T chai concentrate
1/2 c chocolate milk
Chaider (also from Mean Cup)
1/2 c apple cider
1/2 c chai
I have no real recipe, as I tend to just grab a mix of various mints when making a garden tea. But I was just remembering that if a replica of black tea is desired, both Wood Betony and Red Clover give that base or body to a mix.
Mint for wisdom (1/4 cup Peppermint, 1/4 cup Spearmint)
Rosemary to improve the memory (1/4 cup)
Lemon Balm, sometimes called "The Scholars Herb" (1/4 cup)
For each serving of tea, use 1 tsp. mix to 1 cup boiling water. Add some honey, if desired. Store in fridge for a delicious iced tea.
Mary Ellen Wilcox
From Nancy Reppert at www.sweetremembrancestearoom.com
This recipe is from dear old Mom (Bertha Reppert). It is slightly adapted from her booklet Herb Teas for Pleasure.
Lemon Balm Tea
2 T honey, or to taste
20 sprigs of fresh lemon balm
juice of half a lemon
Place above ingredients into a quart container. Pour 2 c. of boiling water over them. Steep 10 minutes or more. Strain. Add 2 c. of iced water. Light and refreshing! Enjoy!
Option: To make a Lemon Balm Spritzer, instead of adding 2 c. of iced water, let strained mixture cool and add a 20 oz. bottle of chilled ginger ale.
Marcy Lautanen Raleigh
I love lemon herbs in tea and these are my favorites.
Chamomile Lemon Iced Tea
Chamomile with its gentle apple flavor when combined with Lemon Herbs makes a great summer iced tea. I use a combo of lemon herbs, like lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon thyme, lemon verbena and lemon scented geranium leaves.
½ C chamomile flowers
2 T lemon herbs
1/3 C raw honey
6 C water
Bring water to boil then add chamomile and lemon herbs. Allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain out herbs and add honey and allow to cool before adding ice and serving.
Lemonade Hibiscus Iced Tea
6 C water
6 t hibiscus flowers, dried
2 lb. strawberries, hulled and halved
¼ C plus 2 T sugar
¼ C plus 2 T fresh lemon juice
¼ C simple syrup
Bring water to boil and steep hibiscus in water for 30 minutes. Remove hibiscus and allow to cool completely. Place strawberries and sugar in a saucepan and warm until they start to break down, about 25 minutes. Run through a sieve and allow juice to collect in the pitcher with hibiscus tea. Try not to press on strawberries or this will cloud the tea. Add lemon juice and simple syrup to pitcher and stir. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days and serve over ice. This is amazing after a day in the garden! And you can add a dash or two of gin or vodka too if the garden work is done.
Something for everyone!