Herbs on Ice

Iced Tea WebIt is full blown summer here in the desert and we struggle to keep hydrated. One refreshing way to stay hydrated is with herbal iced teas.

For nourishing refreshment, nothing quenches better than herbal iced tea. Iced herbal tea is delicious on a hot day. Unlike regular iced tea, the herbs impart delicate and refreshing flavors that do not need artificial additives or sugar. And the taste is great.

Extremely simple to make, herbal iced teas start out just like regular hot tea. The trick is to use enough herbs. For iced teas you want to make a slightly stronger brew to allow it to be iced down. You can make herbal iced teas by the glass or make a big pitcher to keep in the refrigerator for immediate gratification!

To make herbal iced tea simply put fresh or dried herbs in a suitable container, pour boiling water over herbs, cover and allow to steep. Remove herbs, add ice and enjoy.

Herbal iced teas can be made with just one herb, such as mint, or with a blend of different herbs to create your own unique tea. One of my favorite blends for making herbal iced teas is our Desert Delight. A refreshing combination of Lemon Balm, Lavender, Peppermint and Hibiscus, it also freezes into popsicles that make even big kids smile.Popsicles

Some herbs and flowers suitable for iced tea include: Peppermint, chamomile, spearmint, lavender, wintergreen, lemon balm, dandelion flowers, angelica, elderflower blossoms, geranium leaves, lemon verbena, licorice, nettle, parsley, anise, caraway, oregano, chicory, hibiscus, ginseng, jasmine flowers, marigold flowers, rose petals, sage, etc.

Looking for some cool herbal iced tea recipes? Try one of these recipes from Frontier:

Citrus Hibiscus

1 teaspoon peppermint
1 teaspoon rosehips
1 teaspoon orange peel
2 teaspoons hibiscus
2 teaspoons lemongrass
2 cups water
1 cup orange juice
1 cup cold sparkling water
2 tablespoons honey (or to taste)
Steep peppermint, rosehips, orange peel, hibiscus, and lemongrass in the two cups of water. Strain. Add orange juice and refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour over ice cubes and add a splash of sparkling water to each glass. Sweeten if desired.

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Lemon Balm Punch

2 tablespoons lemongrass
2 tablespoons lemon balm leaf
2 cups water
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups natural ginger ale
lemon slices (optional)
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, sliced (optional)
Steep lemongrass and lemon balm leaf in the water. Strain and add honey and ginger ale. Add floating slices of fresh lemon to your punch bowl, and/or include a slice or two of crystallized ginger in each glass.

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