Some of the sweetest things in life are so simple. They remind us that pleasure can be effortless, comforting and refreshing. Case in point with this classic summertime drink, made unique by using a mixture of antioxidant-rich green tea, lemon, honey and the most delightful herb of all — lemon verbena.

This tea was so good I drank the whole batch throughout the day. Cheers to summer!

Iced Green Tea with Honey & Fresh Lemon Verbena
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 green tea bags
  • 1 quart of boiling water
  • 4 teaspoons of high quality honey (to taste)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, the other half sliced thin
  • 1 long stalk (about 8 or 9 inches) of lemon verbena for the pitcher, or use smaller stalks for each glass. You can substitute mint leaves if you don't have access to lemon verbena.

Directions

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Pour boiling water into a large heat-safe glass jar or pitcher. Let it sit for about five minutes until the water is slightly cooled. Using hot, versus boiling water, will help prevent the tea from turning bitter.

Drop the tea bags into the water, cover and let the tea steep for about three minutes and then remove the bags.

Add the honey, lemon juice and lemon slices, and stir. Take the leaves off the lemon verbena (except the top leaves for garnish) and add to the tea.

Chill until completely cooled and serve over ice with a full stalk of lemon verbena (or mint).


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