Herb tea is a delicious alternative to sugary, caffeinated drinks. No matter if you buy it already in the bag, or mix up your own recipe, you can follow these simple directions and end up with the perfect cup of herb tea.
Time Required: 5 minutes
- Heat water to just boiling.
- Add teabag or measured amount of herbs to cup.
- Pour boiled water over herbs.
- Cover with saucer to keep the oils from escaping with the steam.
- Steep 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add honey and lemon if desired.
- Start with fresh, non-chlorinated water. If you have chlorine in your water, fill a pitcher and let sit overnight, so the chlorine dissipates.
- Use glass or china for your cup. Using a plastic cup can result in unwanted flavors transferring into your hot water.
- Use either fresh or dried herbs. The key is to use fresh. An herb more than 1 year old, is too old to impart the full flavor. A fresh herb that is starting to become too old, can also bring an unwanted flavor.
- With either fresh or dried herbs, crush with the back of a spoon before adding water. This releases the oils in the herb. These oils are what impart the flavor to the water.
- Remember, cover your cup of tea immediately after adding water. You will enjoy the taste of the tea much more.
What You Need
- Glass or china cup and saucer
- 1 Cup of boiled water
- Your choice: 1 tea bag, 1 teaspoon dried herb, or 3 teaspoons fresh herb
- Honey if desired
- Lemon if desired