Thursday, July 29, 2010
End of July homesteading tasks...plus herbal iced teas and fruit sodas...
Favourite Herbal Iced Teas & Fruit Sodas:
Make a strong herbal tea with 2 cups water plus large handfull of herbs. Steep with water that has just boiled for at least 15 minutes, or for sun tea soak herbs in cool water in large glass jar for several hours in direct sunlight. Add honey or sugar to sweeten. Fill glasses with ice, add herbal tea, plus sparkling water if desired, plus fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries), peach slices, or lemon and lime rounds. Add a sprig of mint or nasturtium to the glass and you have a gourmet art piece. Delicious!
our favourite blends:
* anise hyssop, red clover, lemon balm
* bergamot blossoms, mint and lemon verbena
* lavender, honey and lemon
Another variation is to make a strong tea, mix it half and half with pure fruit juice (e.g. mango, blueberry, peach, raspberry, blackberry, pear), plus crushed ice and a dash of sparkling mineral water, for an amazing simple and refreshing healthful fruit soda.