Now that school is out and sumer is icumen in, it’s time to relax, sit outside on the porch, and enjoy more of nature’s goodness. Our sims can now develop herbalism skills, and so can we. A great-tasting tea can be made with fresh herbs, and we don’t even have to have a “Tea Magic Personal Brewer”.
Over the weekend, we visited a nearby botanical garden, and while strolling through the harvest garden area, we were delighted to stop for a cup of “Spearmint Sun Tea”. Delicious! Very cool and refreshing.
Since we have an abundance of mint growing in the herb garden, I plan to make a lot of naturally-brewed herbal tea this season.
Here are the basic directions:
- Pick a few handfuls of your favorite herbs
- Carefully wash away any dirt or bugs
- Place in a large jar and fill with water
- Seal the jar and set in sunlight for 4-6 hours
- When steeped (the water will be darker), strain out herbs.
- Sweeten with sugar or honey, if desired.
You’ll want to use a lot of mint — there are many different varieties — and other great additions are “lemony” herbs such as lemon balm, lemon verbena, or lemongrass, stevia (a naturally sweet-tasting herb) and chamomile (known for its relaxing properties).
You can also add bags of your favorite pre-made herbal teas, using about 8 bags for a gallon of water.
Herbal Treasures by Phyllis Shaudys includes a delicious recipe using handfuls of applemint, peppermint, lemon balm, and bee balm leaves and flowers. You might also want to check out these recipes from Frontier Co-Op: Herbs on Ice.
A few additional tips:
- If the tea is too strong just dilute with more water
- Be sure to use clean jars and utensils — glass jars are best — to avoid any risk of bacteria
- Add flavorful spices such as cinnamon, ginger, or cloves
- Taste before adding sweeteners
- Add your herbal concoctions to other drinks, such as punch or lemonade
- Experiment with different flavors