The grocery store has a wide variety of teas and tea blends. But you can easily make your own tea blends. Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shows us.
Fresh Ginger Mint Tea
2 to 3 inches inches of fresh raw ginger (use more or less, depending on how strong you want it!)
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
Handful fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime (juiced, or to taste)
Prepare fresh ginger by peeling it (a paring knife or spoon works well) and slicing to expose the most surface.
Boil ginger in water for 10 to 15 minutes, more if you want a stronger ginger flavor.
Last 3 minutes of boiling add a handful of fresh mint. Remove from heat, strain mint add fresh lime juice and honey to taste.
For this tea it is a matter if blending flavors, herbs, spices together and using 2 TB mix for each serving of tea.
Blend your ingredients and store in an airtight container. When wanting to brew, place 2 TB herbs in tea pot or saucepan. Bring water to a boil and pour over herbs. Cover and let steep at least 10 minutes. Strain and serve with a little honey if desired.
Some delicious ingredients for herbal teas are:
- Orange peel
- Cinnamon chips
- Lavender buds
- Chamomile flowers
- Rose petals
- Sunflower petals
- Lemon peel
- Star anise
- Rose Hips
- Cardamom pods
- Fennel seed
If you want a little caffeine with this it is easy enough to add a spoon of loose black or green tea leaves BUT you will need to modify the steep time. Black shouldn’t steep for more than 6 minutes and green shouldn’t steep for more than 3 minutes.