Reframing how we think about herbal tea.
We love using herbs in our cooking. The bold aromas make our food taste quite amazing, but when it comes to tea we usually pivot to a different part of our palate. When we think about tea, we may think of chamomile, hibiscus, jasmine, juniper, turmeric and ginger. Some people may find one or several of these flavors very medicinal in taste and smell. Luckily, there are folks out there, me included, that love the taste and smell of these herbaceous blossoms and their benefits. We found our Happy Tea is quite different than other teas.
Things to know about herbal tea profiles.
They are not all the same, but many of them have a strong flavor. These flavor profiles and how their benefits can help ail our allergies are outlined in our Herbal and Green Tea for Allergies
blog post. There are many more herbs that can be brewed or infused into teas - such as lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, and calendula. These few have subtle floral notes compared to ginger, rooibos, and turmeric.
Most herbal teas taste even better when accompanied with fruit or other herbs which is why Happy Tea is my favorite pick this summer when it comes to herbal teas. Happy Tea has sweet raspberries, tangy hibiscus, and an herbal guayusa tea,
an herbal tree which comes from the holly genus, that is not found in any of our other tea offerings. To further round out the flavor there are notes of rosehips, apple, and jasmine green tea
. Each time I open a bag of Happy Tea, I can't help but instantly smile. The best part about Happy Tea? Oh yeah - it tastes amazing iced!
Happy Iced Tea Recipe
What you need to make this iced tea:
The Conflicted Brewer or 46oz *Glass or Ceramic* Iced Tea Pitcher (we are suggesting a glass or ceramic pitcher due to the hot brew during steeping)
1 Large infuser or Loose-Leaf Paper Tea Bags - we suggest the paper tea bags because they are long enough to submerge into your pitcher if you are not using The Conflicted Brewer*
- 4 tbsp Happy Tea (Organic Herbal Tea)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
- Add 4 tbsp Happy Tea into infuser or paper bag. If you are using The Conflicted Brewer, make sure to fasten infuser onto lid.*
- Boil 24oz of filtered water until it reaches 212F.
- Once water get to 212F, pour hot water into pitcher until it is halfway full.
- Submerge infuser or tea bag and steep for 5-7 minutes.
- Remove infuser or tea bag.
- Mix in 1 tbsp of honey until dissolved. Squeeze in lemon.
- Top with ice and cold water, then pour tea over ice in a glass and enjoy!