Basic Iced Tea and Herbal Infusion Recipe

This is a simple way to add a new dimension to your iced tea. Start with a good handful or two of your herb of choice. For a sweetener I prefer to use crushed stevia leaves from the plants that I grow in my garden because they are calorie free. However, you can use sugar instead or no sweetener at all.

Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a pot
Add 4 black teabags and
2 handfuls of chosen herb leaves (cinnamon basil, lemon basil, spearmint OR chocolate mint leaves)
Cool to room temperature
Strain and pour into a pitcher
Add a thinly sliced orange, a few crushed stevia leaves for sweetness and ice cubes. Stir and serve.

(A special nod to Basil: An Herb Lover’s Guide by Thomas Debaggio & Susan Belsinger.)

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