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Herbal Lemonades

Herbal lemonade in pitchers and glasses with Green Tea Lemongrass and Rose Hips with Hibiscus cartons on table

There’s nothing quite like the refreshing, and nostalgic feeling of drinking a cold lemonade on a hot summer’s day!

As herbalists, we are always thinking of creative ways to get herbs into our everyday life. A classic lemonade recipe is a perfect thing to boost with the power of plants. Not only are we drinking something we enjoy, but something that’s also supporting our health.*

Here are our favorite teas for herbal lemonades:

Green Tea Lemongrass: Bright and mildly stimulating, with a low caffeine content, we love green tea as an afternoon pick-me-up, as well as for its beneficial properties as a healthy beverage.* Its traditional tannic flavor with hints of lemony notes pairs perfectly with a cold lemonade!

Red Clover: A nourishing and supporting herb, red clover has traditional use as an alterative in supporting skin health – helping you glow from the inside out.* It’s perfect for summertime, and a great one for an iced beverage if you prefer fruity and floral notes. Fresh fruit like watermelon and raspberries pair lovely with this herbal lemonade.

Rose Hips with Hibiscus: This tea makes the perfect summer cooler with its fruity, tart and tangy berry flavor, and rose hips make the ideal tea for everyday wellness.* Long enjoyed throughout history, rose hips have rightly earned a reputation for supporting good health. It pairs deliciously with lemonade and makes for a bright summery pink lemonade that’s beautiful for any occasion. Consider brightening it up with a squeeze of lime and some edible flowers.

Cup of Sunshine®: Made from an African succulent called kanna and the sweet, sun-kissed flavors of honeybush, Cup of Sunshine delights the senses while promoting a good mood.* We use it to put a fresh, sunny perspective on a tough day! It’s one of our favorites to enjoy over ice, and with lemonade, as the combination tastes like a traditional Arnold Palmer.

Herbal Lemonade Recipe

A classic lemonade recipe perfectly boosted by the power of plants.

Servings: Makes about 1.5 quarts

Time: 30 minutes

Materials:

  • Glass pitcher
  • Citrus squeezer or juicer
  • Tea kettle
  • Measuring cups

Ingredients:

  • 8 lemons
  • 5 cups water
  • 5 Traditional Medicinals tea bags of your choice, from the list above.
  • 1 cup honey
  • Ice
  • Optional garnish of choice: fresh berries, fruit, edible flowers, lime or lemon wedges.

Directions:

  1. Start by brewing the tea as you would if you were to serve it hot. Bring five cups of water to a full boil, then steep the five tea bags in a covered container for the time specified on the package, which ranges from 5-15 minutes, depending on the tea. While steeping, it’s important to use a container with a closed top to prevent all the herbal goodness from evaporating; a glass mason jar is great for this.
  2. We recommend adding the honey while the batch is still warm so that it melts quickly.
  3. Once the steeping time is up, remove the tea bags, squeezing out any excess tea, and refrigerate the tea for 15- 20 minutes.
  4. While waiting for the tea to cool, juice the lemons into a glass pitcher. Once the tea is cold, add the honey tea to the lemon juice and stir well. Serve over ice and add a garnish of your choice.

Consume and enjoy in the next few hours.

If you are looking for more teas that we love over ice during these dog days of summer, check out our Herbal Iced Tea article for inspiration.

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