Thursday, June 23, 2011
Lemon Balm Iced Tea
And since I joined the league of the invasive species eaters, I know that eating and using these things is better than throwing them directly into the compost pile.
In this case, the lemony balm can be boiled as a tea and served over ice- a lovely beverage for hot summer days.
Lemon balm has many medicinal uses and is best known for its soothing, stress-reducing properties. As with any herb, it is good to get some background info on it before you go crazy for it, like I do!
4 cups loosely-packed lemon mint balm leaves, rinsed
8 cups water
1 cup cane sugar, or to taste
1. In a large saucepan, bring lemon balm and water to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove leaves with strainer or spider (strainer spoon). For absolutely clear tea, strain through cheesecloth.
2. Stir in sugar. Let cool. Serve over ice.