I wanted to share a couple of my favorite summer herbal drinks with everyone.
Summer Lemon Punch
This is a great drink for a summer party or reunion.
7 black tea bags
2 quarts water
1 lemonade concentrate (12oz)
1 cup sugar
1 bottle Sprite, 7 Up, or any citrus cola
1 cup crushed lemon balm, save some nice leaves for garnish
Steep the crushed lemon balm leaves in 2 quarts of hot water with the tea bags until the tea reaches the desired strength. Strain the liquid to remove the leaves. Add the frozen lemonade and sugar to the tea liquid. Mix well and add cola (7-Up, Sprite. Garnish with lemon balm leaves.
This is a great refreshing drink (one of my favorites)
Iced Mint Tea
1 Black tea bag
12 Sprigs of mint (spearmint, applemint, chocolate mint, peppermint, or a combination)
citrus zest (optional)
Heat water for one cup of tea, add tea bag and mint to the hot water. Steep for 6-7 minutes, or until desired strength. Serve iced with fresh mint for garnish.