homemade lavender iced tea

I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for no sugar, clean and hydrating beverages that are satisfying.  In an attempt to keep myself from drinking too much Chardonnay, I started concocting large pitchers of lavender iced tea to sip before…and between glasses of vino!  Much to my surprise…it caught on.  My girlfriends like it, I love it, and now I’m sharing my own method of steeping and icing this relaxing, anti-inflammatory brew with you all.

I’ve discovered my favorite way to make a pitcher of iced lavender tea is to steep two pots of tea using a tablespoon of lavender for each pot.  My little cast iron tea pot holds about 16oz. of water so I’m using a tablespoon of fresh lavender flowers for every 16oz. of hot water.  I heat the water in my Cosori gooseneck electric kettle, but you could use a stovetop kettle or heat your water in the microwave.  It is harder to monitor the water temperature without the specific settings on the Cosori electric kettle.  Lavender flowers, as with most herbal teas, should be steeped using water heated to about 200F (93 C) .

Of course, you can try doing something similar to this using a lavender tea sachet in a mug….steep it, let it cool and pour over ice.  I have found that there is nothing like the fresh lavender flowers or buds…so so good.  I highly recommend using my process if you can.  A cast iron steeping pot is great to have if you enjoy loose tea, and the Cosori gooseneck kettle is perfect for use with pour over coffee makers as well.  Again, I you are trying to eliminate sugar and dairy…and want to transition to black coffee…I highly recommend trying the pour over coffee method.   I love my Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker, and my absolute favorite coffee is Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw.  It is so smooth and easy to drink black. I got side tracked with the coffee talk, but I wanted to share that with you because discovering my Chemex and Grizzly Claw was a game changer for me.

Back to the lavender tea!

You will want to put a few cups of ice and a bit of water into a large pitcher  (mine is about 3qts.) while you are steeping your first pot of lavender flowers.  Steep for about 5 minutes, and then pour into your pitcher over the ice.  Do the same for the second pot of lavender flowers.  Next, pop your pitcher in the fridge and let it cool down completely.  I love the pitcher I linked because it has the removable infusing rod.  You can put something flavorful into the rod or you can remove the rod and add whatever you want to your individual cups later.  Adding flavors to each persons cup is the way to go, if your tribe likes different add ins…which mine does.

 

Time for a recap…with photos!   I love photos.  Who else is a visual learner?

 

Step 1:

Gather ingredients & materials:  you will need

  1. 16oz  cast iron pot
  2. 2 tablespoons or fresh (organic) lavender flowers (buds)
  3. 32oz of water heated to about 200F (93 C)
  4. large pitcher
  5. two cups of ice and a bit of cold water

Step 2:

  1.  Spoon one tbsp of lavender flowers into the mesh basket inside your cast iron steeping pot, or into a tea ball.  Pour 16 oz of hot (200F) water over the lavender and let steep for approx. 5 mins.  Pour into your pitcher over the ice.
  2. Repeat step 2 again!
  3. Put pitcher into the fridge to cool completely!

 

Lemon, lime, and rosemary all pair well with lavender.  If you are looking for a little something to bump up the  flavor or beauty of your iced tea, any one of these fresh choices are lovely!

Feel free to add some vodka too! Or tequila…a lavender lime margarita sounds fabulous to me!  Uh oh…I’m getting away from the clean, hydrating thing now.

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