Throughout the summer, my fridge is a science lab of cold-brewing, with usually between 3 and 5 glass jars of various things brewin’: the obligatory black tea, lavender flowers, mint tea or leaves, and my newest love, dried-fruit herbal tea.
(I’ve never liked hot-brewed fruit teas, but cold-brewed they are completely different and really, really yummy.)
A tea mixologist, I make a different combination for every glass, depending on my mood and the particular fruit one that’s brewed. If I have coconut water on hand, I might add a splash of that. I might add the juice of lemons or limes if they’re in the crisper.
It wasn’t until recently that I discovered the best, best, best kind of refreshing summer drink, like a fruit juice but way, way, way better.
I discovered this seemingly common-sense combination by accident. I’ve had hot herbal tea with honey, cold lavender lemonade with raw honey… Again, as a tea mixologist I’ve put a lot of things together, but for some reason it had never occurred to me to put together cold-brewed dried-fruit herbal tea and raw honey…
I tried it randomly with Adagio’s Berry Blast. I took a sip. Then I pretty much wiped out the whole glass of it. Then I made more.
It’s become a new house staple. I try to make it last longer by using it as a water-flavorer, but sometimes you just need a straight shot of really refreshing fruity honey-y tea.
I’ve been using raw honey. Raw honey will dissolve in cold drinks. That maintains is rawness. You have to stir for a little longer, and slide it off the spoon with your finger a few times, but it works just fine.
Maple syrup dissolves just fine in cold water as well.
- dried fruit-based herbal tea/tisane, such as something found in this incredible Adagio sampler---my favorite right now is Berry Blast
- honey, preferably raw (find some here) or real maple syrup (find some here)
- Mix together water and tea. How much to mix will depend on how strong you like it. A good medium-brew is 1 tablespoon of dried tea for every 2 cups of water.
- Steep in the fridge overnight, or better yet for 24 hours.
- Strain the tea.
- Add the honey or maple syrup. How much to mix will depend on how sweet you like it. A good medium-sweetness is 1 heaping tablespoon of honey or maple syrup for every 2 cups of brewed tea.
- Stir it, with vigor. It will dissolve. It’ll take a few minutes, but it will dissolve.
- Drink straight up, over ice, or dilute for a flavored water type of drink.
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