With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Chamomile Lavender Mint Iced Tea

Monday, June 7, 2010

Chamomile Lavender Mint Iced Tea

Is it tea, herbal infusion or tisane? According to Wikipedia, only a beverage made from the leaves and buds of green tea is called tea.

The term "herbal tea" usually refers to an infusion or tisane of leaves, flowers, fruit, herbs or other plant material that contains no Camellia sinensis
I have a preference for black tea over herbal teas, but I really like chamomile. So I added to my garden two plants last year. They are flowering but I don't expect to get a big yield from just two of them. I have lots of mint and thought I could stretch the chamomile by combining them. Below is the result of a recipe I found on My Recipes.
My changes are noted after the original recipe.
I quartered the recipe to see if I liked it before making a pitcher full.
Very nice served chilled but equally enjoyable hot!

Yield: Makes 14 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 loosely packed cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried chamomile (or 4 chamomile tea bags)

Preparation

1. Crush mint leaves and put in a 1-gal. lidded jar. Add lavender and chamomile.

2. Fill jar with water to within 2 in. of rim. Cover and refrigerate 6 hours. Pour through a cheesecloth-lined colander into pitcher for serving.

My Changes
Heat to boiling 4 cups of water
Add
1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves
1/2 tsp. lavender
1/8 cup chamomile flowers but I think I could have doubled this
After steeping 5-7 minutes, I thought it made a flavorful hot tea.
I allowed it too cool completely without straining and did not think it became bitter or too strong.
Sweetened with honey and served over ice.

If you have a chamomile tea recipe, I'd love if you would shared it!

14 comments:

Ann said...

That has got to be the prettiest glass of tea I have ever seen. I've never tried making tea any other way than from the bags you buy in the store. I'm a lazy tea drinker :)

Mildred said...

Such refreshing pictures Lorraine. I'd like to come live with you!!!!!!

Nancy's Notes said...

How beautiful is that?? Oh my, it's so enticing and I think I'd like a glass of your tea now! I love mint in my ice tea and love this recipe, thank you!

Nancy

crochet lady said...

Very fun to make your own tea! I've thought about trying that sometime. I like chamomile tea also, I sometimes have a cup before bed.

Julie said...

This looks delicious. I love chamomile tea. I have the mint plant and culinary lavendar, I just need to plant a chamomile plant.

Thanks for the inspiration.

The Watts Family said...

That looks wonderful as I experiment with my Chamomile I will let you know if I come up with any good recipes ~Love Heather :D
p.s. love the pictures there beautiful as always!!

Susan said...

Sounds intriguing, LDH! Susan

Dishesdone said...

What a very pretty glass of tea!

Janice said...

Now, funnily enough, chamomile is one of the few herbal teas I really don't like, but perhaps with the mint it might be better. Your photographs are beautfully styled today.

Olga said...

I prefer black tea too, but I really like chamomile tea and jasmin tea. I should look for chamomile plants and add them to my garden too (thank you for the great idea). Wonderful pictures.

Really Rainey said...

Those chamomile blossoms are beautiful! Thanks for the tea recipe... I have tons of mint too... but be the year for Mint! Nice to meet you by the way!

~Rainey~

Snippety Gibbet said...

Well it sure looks pretty! jan

sheila @ Elements said...

I just bookmarked this tea recipe to give it a try. I love lavender, mint, and chamomile, so there's no doubt I will try this recipe. The chamomile blossoms are so beautiful! Makes me anxious to start growing some herbs! By the way, happy spring to you! Tomorrow is the first day of spring! YAY! :)

lee woo said...

Drinking chamomile tea soothes the nervous system so that you can sleep better. It has been used as a solution for insomnia for centuries. See the link below for more info.


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