This summer has been a scorcher. The temps here in Nelson, BC have been averaging around +32 degrees C for over a month, with no rain in sight. With heat like this, a refreshing cup of iced tea is a must!
I’ve been loving the sweet zing that chamomile and ginger create when steeped together. Chamomile is well known for its calming effect on our minds and bodies, and when chilled it’s the perfect tea for sipping late in the evening when you need to unwind and cool down. The health benefits of ginger, like aiding with digestion and its anti-inflammatory properties are a bonus to its zippy flavour. To brighten things up and round them out, I add a few slices of lemon, then a dash of honey.
I’ve been enjoying this sweet, calming, and surprisingly refreshing tea all summer long. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Cheers!
Ginger Chamomile Iced Tea
2 Chamomile tea bags
1/2 – 1 Tbsp. of honey
Half of a medium lemon, sliced
1/4 Tsp. of ginger, finely chopped (more if you love ginger, less if you don’t)
4 Cups of hot water
4 Cups of cold filtered water
Boil 4 cups of water. While the water is boiling add the tea bags, lemon slices and ginger to a tea pot or heat proof container. Once the water has boiled pour it into your tea pot, stir in the honey, and let steep for a couple of hours, or until cool. Strain the tea into a jar or jug, add the cold filtered water, then refrigerate.
Serve over ice with a fresh slice of lemon.