Super easy, refreshing and cooling for crazy summer heat waves! Tisanes were traditionally made for their medicinal benefits, but they also make a healthy (and delicious) sugar-free alternative to soft drink. Tisanes are made by boiling fresh herbs and then serving them ice cold. The fresh herbs give it a different taste to a tea made from dried herbs, not quite as herby (if that makes sense!).
A tisane recipe I love in the summer is a Lemon Balm and Mint combo. Lemon Balm gives it a fresh lemony taste, and mint makes it feel super cooling. Both herbs work to aid digestion so they are perfect to serve before or after dinner. Lemon Balm is also one of my favourite herbs for the nervous system, and can help you to unwind after a busy day.
Of course you can make tisanes out of any herb you like (or can get your hands on). Some of my other favourites are Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Chamomile, Elderberry, Hibiscus and Rose.
Summer Lemon Balm & Mint Tisane Recipe -
Prep time: 20 minutes to make, but leave plenty of time to allow it to chill (up to 8 hours)
- 6 sprigs of fresh Lemon Balm
- 6 sprigs of fresh Mint (peppermint or spearmint)
- 4 Cups of Boiling Water
- Exrtra Herbs for glass to decorate
- Add fresh herbs to a heatproof container and add boiling water. Cover bowl (a large plate usually works) and let the herbs steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain mixture and discard the spent herbs.
- Let tisane cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
- Serve in ice-filled glass with fresh herb and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.
Makes 4 cups
This tisane is a great hit at dinner parties, and you can prepare it ahead of time to have it on hand for those hot summer days.