Keep it cool this summer with hot Tisane.
I know it is counter-intuitive, but the Chinese and many other cultures have been drinking hot tea to cool down in the hot summer months for centuries. I have always loved tisane (fresh herbal tea) and the idea of using freshly-picked-from-the-garden-herbs which give these teas a light and refreshing zing. You can use just about anything, I would love to use tarragon and lemongrass, or fresh rose petals and lime, the possibilities are endless. There are several techniques you can use, here I have steeped in hot water and strained with a traditional tea strainer, a French press, and by using a cloth tea bag. All of these are amazing served hot or chilled and over ice….. Sweeten to taste and keep a pitcher in your fridge to stay cool (and hot!) all summer long.
-Fresh ginger and dried jasmine flowers.
-Basil and dried hibiscus flowers.
-Lemon and dried chamomile.
-Fresh mint leaves and dried rose buds