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  • July 2018
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Herbal Sun Tea and Iced Tea

When it is hot outside, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold drink! So, let’s look around the garden and make our own Herbal Iced Tea. So many of our herbs in the garden have great flavors ranging from minty to lemony and all the flavors in between.

Sun tea is a great and easy way to enjoy your summer bounty!

  1. Snip some fresh herbs from the garden (see below for some great herbal combinations!).
  2. Bruise, crush or rough chop your herbs to release the flavors.
  3. Put herbs into a clean glass jar and fill with cold water or kick-start your infusion with boiled water.
  4. Set jar in the sun for 3-8 hours.
  5. Strain out herbs and refrigerate or serve over ice.
  6. Garnish with fresh sprigs of herbs or fruit!

Herbs for sun tea

  • Mint: All of the mint variations are great for tea
  • Lemon herbs: Lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon grass, lemon basil, lemon thyme
  • Anise hyssop: Subtle licorice flavor, beautiful edible purple flowers
  • Tulsi basil: Basil-y, clove-y and minty — and full of so many health benefits!
  • Hibiscus: Flowers give a sour zing to teas
  • Stevia: A sweet herb, use sparingly as a little sweetness goes a long way
  • Bee balm: Leaves or the pretty flowers make a nice garnish to float on top
  • Basil: Surprisingly refreshing and not like drinking pesto when paired with mint or strawberries
  • Lavender: Relaxing
  • Rose petals and hips: Vitamin C
  • Raspberry leaves: Great for females
  • Scented geranium: These come in 50 different flavors!
  • Pineapple sage: Fruity
  • Chamomile: Relaxing
  • Nettle: So nutritious
  • Edible flowers: Violet, calendula, chamomile, elderberry, rose, jasmine
  • Spices: Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg are all great to give your herb blend depth

Great sun tea combinations

  • Lemon balm, lavender, stevia
  • Spearmint, basil and strawberries
  • Lavender and blackberries
  • Hibiscus and lemon verbena
  • Apple mint, anise hyssop
  • Elderflowers, sweet woodruff and lemons
  • Cinnamon basil, pineapple sage and orange mint

You can also add any regular black, white or green tea to any of your sun tea combinations if that is your preference. Play around with different flavors of herbs, add some fabulous fruit and berries, and just a leaf (or five) from the stevia plant!

Caution: Always make sure you have correctly identified the plant you will be consuming.

Melissa Aurora Adlebush

Melissa Aurora Adlebush is the president of the Fox Valley Herb Society, and was the state champion of plant identification in 2004. She studied Botany and Ethnobotany at Northland College, Ashland. She teaches many classes all over the state. Melissa is Herbalist and Owner of Aurora’s Apothecary where she grows most of the herbs that are put into their products. Aurora’s Apothecary is located at 1607 Richmond St, Appleton. For more information, call 920-430-7846 or visit

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