Add fresh basil in tea for a refreshing and nourishing lemon basil iced tea, naturally sweetened with honey. Such a perfect way to use that abundant basil harvest on a hot day!
fresh basil to fill 1/3 of your jar
honey to taste
fresh lemon juice to taste
hot filtered water
STEP 1: Pack a jar 1/3 full of washed, fresh basil leaves. Be sure to remove them from the stems.
STEP 2: Fill the jar full of hot boiling water. I love to use our tea kettle to prepare the hot water. You can make this in single serving jars, or go big with a half gallon jar and store the tea in the fridge for whenever you need a drink.
STEP 3: Give the contents of the jar a good stir, and cover with a linen tea towel while the infusion takes place. Let the basil infuse into the water for at least 20 minutes (the longer the better!).
STEP 4: Strain the basil from the warm water.
STEP 5: While the water is still warm, add the honey and fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste. This way the honey will dissolve and incorporate better. For a half gallon jar I did 1/2 of a lemon and about 1/4 cup honey.
STEP 6: Stir it all together and let chill in the fridge.
STEP 7: When ready to serve, pour over ice and garnish with some basil stems. So very tasty and beautiful!
You can alternatively do a sun infusion and just let basil and room temperature water sit in the sun for hours. I need to try that to see if it tastes better with the magic of the sun!
Keywords: basil in tea, basil iced tea, hot or cold basil tea