How to Use Fresh Herbs to Make Herbal Iced Tea in an Iced Tea Maker
Making Herbal Iced Tea the Easy Way
Perhaps you decided you were drinking too much caffeine, or tea became too expensive, and you reluctantly decided to put away your old iced tea maker. But if you love herbal tea, and iced tea, why not try using fresh herbs from your garden in your iced tea maker? Making herbal iced tea from fresh herbs is so easy in an iced tea maker, you'll be drinking this every day, and wondering why you were not drinking this delicious beverage long ago!
Doing this is incredibly easy, but you will need an iced tea maker with a large basket, and preferably one that will steep the tea for a period of time. I use an ancient Mr. Coffee iced tea maker that I picked up at an estate sale for $2.00, but any device with a large basket and a steeping control will do the job.
What is Your Favourite Herb?
Which of these fresh herbs do you think would make the best iced tea?
Fresh Herbal Iced Tea is Refreshing!
Steps to Making Great Herbal Iced Tea with Fresh Herbs
Pick fresh herbs from your garden, and rinse them off in filtered water. You will need about a generous double handful of fresh herbs for two quarts of tea. Line the steeping basket of your iced tea maker with a filter (omit if the filter is built-in). Use both the leaves and the stems of the fresh herbs, and chop with kitchen scissors into small pieces and place in the steeping basket of your iced tea maker.
Use filtered water, and make your iced tea as you would normally. Once you have made your iced tea with fresh herbs a time or two in your iced tea maker, you will know how long you need to steep the fresh herbs to get the strength you want. If you want even stronger tea, you can muddle the herbs to release their flavors more quickly.
What if your herbs are in flower? In almost all cases, herb flowers are edible, and can be made into tea either by themselves, or with the herb leaves and stems. (Borage flowers are especially delightful!) You can also combine herbs with small pieces of fresh or frozen fruit (basil with mango, for example, or pineapple sage with fresh ginger) in your iced tea maker.
You can also use dried herbs in your iced tea maker. Just treat them as you would loose tea leaves. (Don't forget the filter!)
What Kinds of Fresh Herbs are Right for Iced Tea?
Although each person's taste differs, I love all different kinds of fresh herbal iced tea, and making it in my iced tea maker is very easy and convenient. Any herb that you grow in your garden that is safe to eat is a possibility for fresh herbal iced tea made in your iced tea maker. Here are just a few of the delicious fresh herbs from which I have made iced tea:
- salad burnet
- lemon balm
- pineapple sage
- winter savory
Once you have tried making iced tea from fresh herbs yourself, you will love it because the flavour is so much fresher and better than dried herbal teas. So haul out that iced tea maker that's been gathering dust and give it a try--you'll find new life for that old appliance!
What About Refrigerator or Sun Tea?
Yes, of course, you can use any tea-making method for herbal iced tea!
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