Learn how to make homemade herbal sun tea with hibiscus, peppermint, lemon balm, and rose petals. Perfect with lemon and chamomile simple syrup.
If you’ve never had an herbal sun tea before, I’m about to rock your world. This stuff is so refreshing and light, and it tastes good even without any added honey or sugar.
There are so many different herbs you can add to customize the taste, but this blend of hibiscus, peppermint, lemon balm, and rose petals has been my favorite this Summer. I’ve been so busy after landing this new job that sun tea has been my go-to drink. You simply add the ingredients in a pitcher, jar, or beverage dispenser, set it in the sun and let it steep for about two hours.
You can use fresh or dried herbs. Fresh herbs will take longer for the flavor to set in, but it’s just as good. If you don’t plan on straining the herbs out within two hours, put it in the fridge instead to avoid bacteria growth.
What’s In This Herbal Sun Tea?
Hibiscus is one of my favorite flavors. It’s tangy, vibrant, and really gives you all the summer vibes you could need. It’s said to relieve high blood pressure, as well as aiding in digestive, immune, and inflammatory problems. Either way, it tastes amazing, and it sure makes for one ‘purdy’ pink tea.
You can’t go wrong with peppermint. The mint flavor in this herbal sun tea is light, but refreshing. It’s been helping my husband’s headaches lately, and it’s said to help with anxiety and stress. However, I wouldn’t call this recipe “calming”. The hibiscus is far stronger than the peppermint flavor.
I almost always include lemon balm in any herbal tea that I make. It’s a perennial herb from the mint family, with a slight lemon scent. I make it for my husband when he’s having trouble sleeping at night. Again, once coupled with hibiscus, it’s not exactly a relaxing, sleepy-time tea. It just has a nice, light, herbal flavor.
And finally, the rose petals. I haven’t drank this while on my cycle, but it’s said to alleviate menstrual cramps. I would imagine if that was your goal, you might want to cut back on the hibiscus, and add more rose buds in their place. Rose buds are high in vitamin c and contain anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good source of nourishment for your skin and hair. And just look how pretty they are!
Herbal Sun Tea Recipe – Hibiscus Peppermint
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- 12 cups of Water
- 1/4 cup Hibiscus
- 2 heaping tbsp Peppermint
- 2 tbsp Lemon Balm
- 1 tbsp Rose Petals
- Glass Beverage Dispenser
- Optional: Honey Chamomile Simple Syrup to taste
1. Add 12 cups of filtered water to Glass Beverage Dispenser.
2. Add all herbs and flowers to water.
3. Set the tea in a sunny window for 1-2 hours.
4. Filter tea through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.
5. Add honey chamomile simple syrup to taste.
6. Store in the fridge.
Your herbal sun tea will last three to five days in the fridge. The first time I used this glass dispenser, the spigot that came with it leaked a little bit, but I haven’t had any trouble since. I think I just needed to be tightened up a bit. It is made of plastic though, so I do recommend purchasing a stainless steel spigot when you get the chance.
Have you made herbal sun tea before? Which flavor combination do you like the most? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
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