It’s tea time! With spring colors abounding and summer flavors just ahead, let’s brew some gourmet-tasting yet freshly-frugal herbal tea infusions using your French press. There’s no latte factor with these tasty brews.
All you need for these delicious herbal tea recipes is a French press or Bodum, a few tasty herbs from your frugal herb garden, several cups of boiling water, and ten minutes of brew time. Mix these fine ingredients together, spot yourself a seat in the shade, and you’ve got yourself a delicious drink fit for a king at a pauper’s price.
I’ve made several of these herbal tea infusions for a variety of reasons. Some infusions are perfect for entertaining and delighting company, while other recipes are better for soothing away the common cold.
There are five simple combinations offered here, but feel free to mix and match your own infusion based on the herbs in your garden or the contents of your fridge.
Herbal Tea Infusion Instructions: Place ingredients in a French press or Bodum, add boiling water, let brew for 5 to 10 minutes, and press down the strainer. Any quantity of herbs, spices, or flowers will work just fine, so don’t worry about measuring.
1. Ginger Tea infused with Apple and Thyme
An everyday herbal tea infusion perfect for impressing company or pleasing yourself after a hectic day. Spicy ginger tempered with apple and a sprig of thyme. Put your feet up and enjoy.
2. Citrus Lemon Blast
Got a cold? Feeling the flu? Quick, go brew yourself an infusion of lemon slice and orange peel tea — perfect for killing everything that ails you. Add a slice of ginger and a splash of honey to spice and sweeten the deal.
3. Lemon Grass Tea with Lemon Verbena
Pucker your pout for some sour lemon tea goodness. Add a few pieces of lemon grass and several leaves of lemon verbena to make the most refreshing lemon herbal tea on Earth. Or add ginger and honey for a more medicinal brew and call this recipe Lemon Ginger Tea. Hey, I’m flexible.
4. Mint Tea
You don’t need a French press for this one. Just add fresh or dried mint leaves to your prettiest tea cup and smile. One simple ingredient is all it takes to add a refreshing vibe to your day. Some claim mint to be a medicinal tea ingredient that can help soothe headaches and relax muscles. Test this theory and let me know.
5. Mixed Bag of Herbal Tea
Got some chamomile tea or green tea sitting on a shelf? Or perhaps you’ve got some loose tea languishing around. Whatever your tea passion, go grab your favorite and infuse it with something fresh and tasty. In this example I’ve brewed a cup of chamomile tea and added lemon, ginger, and lemon verbena. Yeah, it’s a little wild and different — but ohh so tasty.
To complete tea time just add a few Chocolate Almond Truffles, some
Fresh Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Apples or these Easy and Healthy Granola Bars and you’ve got yourself the perfect tea party. I’ll leave the tea length dresses up to you. 🙂
Your Two Cents: Got a favorite herbal tea recipe? Soothe us by sharing.