Many people are surprised to learn that all tea is derived from the same plant species, and that what are often called “herbal teas,” if they do not include that plant, are in fact not teas at all. Tea is the infusion of water and the dried leaves of the evergreen plant Camellia sinensis. How […]
Kripalu Moroccan Mint Tea, a perennial favorite in the Dining Hall, is a cooling and refreshing beverage for the warmer months. If you have fresh mint growing in the yard, top off this tasty tea with a sprig for added flavor, aroma, and color. Makes 6 cups 6½ cups water ½ cup fresh mint (stems […]
I love tea. I almost always start my day with a pot of classic white or green tea. Alongside my water bottle, tea and herbal infusions are my steady companions throughout the day.
During summer, my favorite way to enjoy my afternoon tea is when it’s infused with the bold flavors and wonderful aroma of fresh (or even dried) herbs. A few years ago (or has it been a decade already?) I was both happy and stunned to discover that major bottlers were beginning to produce iced teas. I was thrilled that folks would now have a choice for a convenient beverage other than the high-fructose-ladened sodas that had been filling coolers for years. I was also duly impressed as I watched new varieties of iced teas, sweetened with honey or organic sugar, appear on shelves.
What stunned me was just how many there were and how high their price tag. Being a longtime maker of iced tea, I’m aware that, water aside, tea is the most economical beverage we can consume: A few tea or herb leaves can make several delicious cups. If you are someone who regularly purchases bottled teas for anywhere from $1.50–$2.25 per bottle, you will be thrilled with how much you can save by brewing and storing your own, at only about .10–30 per cup (depending on whether you use bulk tea, a tea bag, or herbs from your garden and which, if any, sweetener you choose).