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Summer Brew: Iced Tea Recipes Part 1

6/22/2009 12:56:27 PM

Tags: Herbal Iced Tea, Recipes, Lemon-Hibiscus Tea, Fresh and Fruity Tea, Spiced Tea, Ginger Tea, Tea


It will only get hotter before it starts to cool down, so why not quench your thirst with some homemade iced tea. I’m embracing the heat, here in the Midwest, by making a few iced teas to get me through the summer. (Spiced Tea and Ginger Tea are really simple recipes to make and quite a treat). Brewing your own iced tea is a perfect opportunity to sample some of the herbs you are growing in your garden this summer. Here are a two recipes from Herbal Iced Teas, for you to try in the midst of the summer heat. 

Photo by Cameron Watters/Courtesy Flickr

All of the recipes given below can easily be brewed in the sun.

Lemon-Hibiscus Tea

Makes 3 quarts

A touch of sassy citrus flavor and a crimson blush make this tea a favorite of children and a festive party beverage.

• 2 quarts water
• 1/4 cup dried jasmine flowers
• 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
• 4 cups lemonade
• Lemon slices for garnish

1) Fill a container with fresh, cold water, toss in the tea herbs, cover, and set the container in a sunny location for a few hours.

Fresh and Fruity Tea

Makes 2 quarts

This tea has a subtle, delicate flavor. Substitute regular sage for a more robust taste.

• 2 quarts water
• 1/2 cup fresh pineapple sage leaves
• 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
• 1/4 cup dried rose hips
• 1/4 cup chopped lemon zest
• Fresh pineapple sage leaves for garnish

1) Fill a container with fresh, cold water, toss in the tea herbs, cover, and set the container in a sunny location for a few hours.

Have you brewed any iced tea with herbs from your garden? If so, please share by leaving a comment!

For more herbal iced tea recipes, visit
 Summer Brew: Iced Tea Recipes Part 2.

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