Our Favorite Summer Tea Recipes
I have been trying (mostly successfully) to reduce my caffeine intake so I can try to get a better night’s sleep and reduce anxiety. Switching to herbal teas helps me replace the lattes I normally have around 11 am and 3 pm with a more natural, dairy-free and caffeine-free treat.
I took a workshop with Terra Luna Herbals and gained a lot of confidence in working with organic herbs to make different flavored teas. There are so many wonderful combinations of herbs you can put together to suit your palate and create a delicious beverage.
Amy’s Homemade Iced Tea Recipes
Hibiscus Iced Tea: One of my favorite iced teas for the summer is Hibiscus iced tea - it’s the most beautiful color and incredibly refreshing.
• 2 quarts water
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
• 1/2 cinnamon stick
• Lime slices for garnish
Pour 4 cups of the water and the sugar into a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon. Heat until boiling and the sugar has dissolved. Steep with dried hibiscus flowers, removing from heat. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and discard the used hibiscus flowers and cinnamon.
When ready mix the concentrate with 4 cups of water and pour over ice to serve. This also works nicely mixed with sparkling water. Serve over ice with a slice of lime if you’re feeling fancy.
• Basic simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar)
• 1 cup mint leaves, plus 16 sprigs
• 8 cups cold water
• 8 Irish breakfast tea bags
• 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish
• Ice Cubes
Step 1 - Prepare mint simple syrup
Prepare the simple syrup by combining 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bringing it almost to a boil, adding 8 mint sprigs before it comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes with the mint leaves in there. Strain the mint syrup into a blender once it’s cool and puree with the 1 cup of mint leaves. This will make more than you need as it’s very sweet.
Step 2 - Brew the tea
In a large saucepan, bring the cold water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let them cool to room temperature. Transfer to a bowl/pitcher or mason jars and refrigerate until chilled.
Step 3 - Combine
Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the lemon juice and stir in 3/4 cup of the mint syrup (or less, it’s super sweet). Serve in 8 tall glasses over ice, garnished with a mint sprig and a slice of lemon.
Licorice Peppermint Fennel Tea: This is an easy-to-make version of the delicious tea you’ll find at any Aveda shop.
• 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons licorice root cut
• 1/2 cup peppermint leaf cut
• 1 tablespoon fennel seed
• 1 tablespoon basil
Combine ingredients in a large bowl, mix around with a spoon or hands and funnel into an airtight container. I like to keep mine in a mason jar.
To make one cup of tea steep 1 tablespoon of the tea mixture in a cup of hot water and enjoy! Since the tea particles can be small I love to use a tea infuser like this. It seems like a splurge but it’ll last you forever and it’s so much easier to use than most tea-making equipment.
Purchasing Organic Iced Teas
If you’re pressed for time, there are plenty of ready to brew iced teas you can purchase. My favorite place to get my loose teas from is Penn Herb in Philadelphia. They have pretty much every herb you can imagine and they sell both wild-harvested and organic herbs. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, ask. Their staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.
Whether you follow one of these recipes or purchase something that’s ready to brew, I hope you are able to take a moment to slow down and enjoy a cup. You can wear your favorite Printfresh pajamas and grab one of our guided journals to reflect in while you sip. What is your favorite herbal tea and when do you drink it?
Please drop your favorite recipe in the comments as I always like to try new recipes and experiment with flavors.