Fall Refreshment – Basil Iced Tea


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. 

Enjoy!

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)

 

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Sweeten the iced tea with the basil syrup you’ve made above

 

OPTION 1

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

OPTION 2

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

 

It sounds weird right? But it tastes wonderful. Especially at dinner with Italian type foods. Image

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One response to “Fall Refreshment – Basil Iced Tea

  1. Wow, what a great post. I loved it! I love tea and have basil growing in my garden right now. Don’t mind if I take advantage of your post and make some basil syrup. Pray that I don’t burn my kitchen down though, as I’m not a very good cook.