5 Gourmet Herbal Tea Infusions for Your French Press

2010-04-06T18:12:55+00:00Food, Recipes|

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.

mint tea herbal tea

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.

ginger tea

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.

citrus tea herbal teas

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.

lemon grass tea medicinal tea

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.

loose tea herbal tea

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.

chamomile tea herbal tea

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.


  1. Mike April 7, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Awesome pics. What’s a French press?

  2. Kerry April 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

    @Mike A French press is deliciousness in a cup. 🙂 Generally, it’s a glass device with a plunger for brewing coffee. It’s also known as a press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger or сafetière à piston. Many North Americans own a branded French press called a Bodum. Because the French press is associated with making coffee, many people don’t think to use a French press for brewing tea or infusing herbs.

  3. Small Budget Big Style April 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I never thought to use my french press to make tea! I’m definitely going to try this.

  4. Chiot's Run April 8, 2010 at 7:18 am

    They all sound delish. Currently I’m loving: ginger, chamomile & mint with a bit of honey and star anise, ginger and elderberry syrup. Must go make some tea now!

  5. Kerry April 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @Small Budget Big Style — I use my French press for all sorts of hot beverages.

    @Chiot’s Run — I love star anise. Adding some to my next tea project.

  6. The Rat April 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I think the citrus lemon blast sound pretty good to me!

  7. Matt April 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    They all look so tasty! I love tea but never thought of making it from scratch. Now I am, can’t even imagine the smell of a fresh mint tea. When I get my herb garden back up, my herbs died this winter 🙁 I’m definitely going to brew some up. Thanks!!


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  9. Sam May 16, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Mint tea is GREAT for medicinal uses. I’m only 17, but I suffer from horrible period cramps- the kind that make you want to cry, barf or punch yourself in the gut because that hurts less. I’ve used tylenol, advil, midol, whatever, and nothing works anymore. Last month I got some mint tea and my horrible cramps were gone in about half an hour! Not only was the pain gone, but I didn’t have that uncomfortable shifty feeling in my abdomen either. I just hope it works as well next month.

  10. Crimsonjade February 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Is there an alternative to a French Press? I don’t drink coffee, just tea, so that’s all I have..teapots =P

  11. Alexithymic August 5, 2011 at 11:10 am


    I too am a tea lover who doesn’t drink coffee. I still have a french press, but I don’t always use it. In some cases, loose leaf teas work fine if you just put a small amount in your cup – after 2-3 minutes the leaves settle to the bottom. This might work with some homemade ones if you make sure you use small pieces & amounts. Additionally, why not just let it steep for a few minutes then strain the ingredients out with a sieve or clean cloth?

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