I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
past weekend I had my booth at the Elmhurst Garden Walk and Faire. It was a bit on the warm side, but we were in
the shade and most of the day there was a nice breeze. I served a tea I originally made for the
Lisle Women’s Club garden walk called “Garden Gait.” The tea contains black tea, with lemon
verbena, black berry leaf, hibiscus and lavender. The color is on the reddish side of brown and
has a certain natural sweetness. Now I
am not a lover of sweet teas and although I tell my customers that honey is the
best way to sweeten an herb-based tea, I rarely use it myself.
the summer I know that people love a southern sweet tea, even McDonald’s seems
to be serving one these days. So
when Marcus Stout of Golden Moon Tea
posted this recipe for a semi sweet tea, one that strays from the ratio of 1 cup sugar to 5
cups tea used in traditional sweet tea recipes, I had to share it with you.
This iced tea recipe is a
good example of a semi sweet tea. He used a Honey Pear Tea to enhance the honey
flavor of it as well as adding wonderful fresh pear notes. It was the addition of grated ginger that had
me grabbing the ingredients to try it.
The fresh ginger gives it some brightness. And you cannot go wrong when adding ginger to
something with honey. I do not have any
Honey Pear Tea on hand, so I used an English Breakfast to make mine and it was
wonderfully refreshing after watering the garden in 90 degree heat.
Honey Pear Sweet(ish) Tea
4 cups water
16 teaspoons of Golden Moon Honey
Pear Tea (or English Breakfast)
1 tablespoon grated ginger
½ cup honey
6 cups cold water
1 gallon pitcher
1.Bring the 4 cups of
water to a boil in a saucepan
2.Add the tea and steep
for 5 minutes (you want some of the tannins to come out so steeping it a little
bit longer is OK)