Labrador Tea: A Traditional Labrador Tea Mix

| February/March 1997

Makes 3 1/4 cups

My house blend is rigorously traditional, consisting mostly of flavors gathered in the wild or reclaimed from kitchen leftovers. However, the only indispensable ingredient for a Labrador tea mix is the Lab tea itself. Beyond that, the possible combinations of foraged, cultivated, and store-bought flavorings are endless. I dry and chop or pulverize all the ingredients of this blend.

• 2 cups Labrador tea leaves
• 1/2 cup rose hips
• 1/4 cup water mint leaves
• 3 tablespoons wild ginger leaves, or 1/2 inch gingerroot from the grocery store
• 3 tablespoons orange peel
• 2 tablespoons lemon peel
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 teaspoon cloves

1. Mix all of the ingredients well and store in an airtight container. To make a single cup of tea, place 2 teaspoons of the mix in a tea ball or tea strainer and cover with boiling water. Steep, covered, for 10 minutes.

2. To make a pot of tea, pour boiling water over 3 generous tablespoons of mix, steep, covered, for 10 minutes, and strain into cups.

3. Serve with honey and lemon juice to taste.

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