Lavender's scent is probably familiar to you from bath and aromatherapy products, which gives some indication of the taste. Lavender has a floral flavor with undertones of rosemary, mint and citrus. If you use too much in tea or another recipe, you end up with something unpleasantly akin to perfume, so use lavender conservatively, especially when you're new to it. Try a tea blend with some complementary herbs or aromatics to temper the taste.
Things You'll Need
- Small saucepan
- Herbs (optional)
- Sugar or honey (optional)
Pour 1 cup of water for each cup of tea you want to make into a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat, then move the pot to a cool burner.
Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds into the hot water, depending on how potent a lavender flavor you want. Add other flavorings at this point, if you wish, such as rosemary, mint, chamomile, cloves, green tea leaves, white tea leaves, dried rose petals, vanilla essence, or orange or lemon zest. If you do this use about one-half less lavender.
Steep the lavender tea blend for 3 to 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger the tea will be.
Put a mesh strainer over a tea cup and pour the tea through the strainer. Sweeten the tea to taste with sugar or honey.
Tips & Warnings
- Dried lavender has a concentrated flavor. If you use fresh lavender flowers to make a tea, you'll need about three times as much to develop a full-flavored infusion.
- Make a lavender tea blend in larger quantities for convenience and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If all components are dried, it should retain its potency for a week. If you use fresh herbs or aromatics, discard the blend after three days.
- Only use lavender and other floral ingredients that are labeled for culinary use.
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