Sun-Tea Recipes From The Garden

On a hot afternoon after working outside all day, there is nothing more refreshing than a ice cold glass of tea.  There are so many different common garden herbs that can be thrown in a gallon glass jar, solar powered by the hot sun, and ready to drink by the end of the afternoon. You can add a tea bag of green or black tea to give a little caffeine kick, add a little lemon juice, sugar, or just stick to the plants.  Here are a few favorite combinations :

Lavender and Mint.  You can use the lavender flowers or the stem without flowers, either way lavender has a wonderful flavor.

Lemon Thyme and Mint.  Only use a little mint in comparison to the lemon thyme, as the mint can be overpowering.

Apple Mint and Hyssop.  Exotic combination of minty licorice. You can use the flowers or the leaves of Hyssop. You could use fennel fronds instead of hyssop.

Rosemary and Lemon Thyme.  A wonderful combination, but only one spring of rosemary is needed, otherwise the lemon thyme will be hard to taste.

Chamomile and Pineapple Mint.  Great stress reliever at the end of the day.

Basil and Mint.  Experiment with different types of basil and mints.  The combination of basil and mint are really good.  Add some watermelon juice when it’s in season, yum!

Rose petal and Raspberry Leaves.  Raspberry leaves are nutrient rich and the rose petals add a wonderful aroma.

Nettles, Mint, Lemon Thyme.  The nettles make this a great dose of vitamins too.

Pineapple Sage and Mint.  A great tropical taste. Equal parts of both herbs.

Chocolate Mint and Rose Geranium.  Deliciously fragrant.

Lemon Balm and Lavender. You can also use lemon verbena or lemon grass.

Experiment! Try different amounts and different kinds of herbs together, you really can’t go wrong.

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