Both Lavender and Mint are wonderfully fragrant on their own. Combined, that heavenly fragrance is even better! Both grow in full abundance this time of year and I like to get creative with how to use these prolific herbs. I recently created “floral” arrangements with these beauties and they were magnificent.
Lavender + Mint are also a great combo in iced tea. I like making big batches of it and keeping it chilled in the fridge for hot summer days. A refreshing, clean, and aromatic thirst-quenching delight!
Keep in mind, you need a small amount of lavender, you don’t want your beverage to taste like potpourri. You can adjust the amount of mint and lemon to your preference. Personally, I LOVE mint and lemon so I don’t hold back- but experiment and find the balance you enjoy best.
6 Sadaf Cardamom black tea bags (or any Earl Grey Tea)
18-20 cups of water, boiled
A big handful of fresh mint (approximately 2 cups)
5 fresh lavender sprigs, removed from the stem and thoroughly washed
1/2 cup sugar (this is a lightly sweetened recipe, increase sugar if you prefer it to be sweeter)
Boil water and pour in a large bowl.
Dip tea bags in hot water a few times, then leave to seep in the bowl.
Add sugar and mix until dissolved.
Slap mint in your palms to release the natural oils and add to tea mixture.
Squeeze the juice of 2 lemons into mixture (adjust to taste).
Slice remaining lemon, add to tea and mix all ingredients.
Let sit for 30-60 minutes, allowing the aromatics to infuse the tea.
The kitchen will smell amazing at this point!
Once cooled, refrigerate and serve with ice and garnish with a lemon slice and more mint (optional).