A cooling, soothing, detoxing herbal tea that is gorgeous and delicious, I know what I am drinking all summer long! This recipe is a collaboration with Brandon Ruiz (find him on instagram here). He is an herbalist and a dear friend. I love his passion about herbal medicine and all things plants, and I admire his knowledge. He agreed to share one of his herbal tea recipes and I am totally in love with it. Hibiscus flower imbues this drink with its sweet aroma and the gorgeous red color. Holy basil lends a wonderful fragrance along with dandelion leaves, and lemongrass releases its rich citrusy essential oils into the tea. It tastes sweet without any added sweeteners, just magical!
Read on for the recipe.
- 1/4 cup holy basil dried
- 2 tbsp hibiscus flower dried
- 2 tbsp dandelion leaves dried
- 2 tbsp lemongrass dried
- 1/2 cup coconut water optional
- 2 1/2 cup boiling water
- Juice of half a lemon
Combine the herbs in a tea strainer or a tea pot.
Add 2 1/2 cup of boiling water to the herb mix. If you are using a strainer, make sure it is fully immersed in the hot water.
Let steep for 15 minutes.
Strain out the herbs. You can use the herbs for a second round of brewing!
Transfer the tea to a pitcher with enough ice to cool down. Add lemon juice and coconut water (optional)
Serve in glasses with ice and lemon slices.