Oh the Joys of Basil. Basil is a leafy herb and is a member of the Mint Family. Did you know that? It is said to have a licorice/clove flavor. I hadn’t thought of that. I don’t really like licorice so don’t let that turn you off. The mixture of flavors is wonderful. In Taiwan they use basil leaves to thicken soups.
Tea of 100% Basil leaves is said to help level out your blood sugar, and calm stomach ailments. Here is a neat website with 10 ways to use Basil.
I’m not sure I’m up for a pure Basil tea but I discovered a cool way to add that touch of basil flavor to your regular iced tea.
Basil Iced Tea
Step 1 Make Basil Syrup
Take 2 – 3 Cups Basil leaves (fresh)
¾ C water
Boil water and pour it over the leaves. Let steep 10 minutes (the longer the better till water cools if you can wait that long). Remove leaves.
Add 1 cup sugar ( OR ½ C Stevia and ½ C Sugar OR 1 C Stevia)
Bring to rolling boil stirring constantly and boil for 15 minutes
Set aside to cool You should end up with about ½ cup of syrup (maybe a little more)
Make your iced tea flavor of choice but plain is best
You can do a second steep of the basil leaves to extract all the good flavor and use this with water to make the iced tea.
Sweeten the iced tea with the basil syrup you’ve made above
Make lemonade and freeze it into cubes in an iced tray. Use a couple/few of the lemonade cubes with regular ice in your tea
Mix the iced tea with plain seltzer water. (75/25 or 50/50 depending on how much carbonation you like)
With or without the lemonade cubes