I love regularly heating up a pot of tea to serve guests. Many relationships have been built and hearts ministered to over a steaming, fragrant cup of tea in our home.
However, with the rise in grocery prices, the cost of purchasing boxes of tea bags at the grocery store can really add up; especially if you’re making big pots of tea to serve a crowd!
It has been much simpler and cost-effective to make my own tea blends from dried bulk herbs (such as from Mountain Rose Herbs) or from our own homegrown herbs. You can make your own tea bags, use a mesh tea ball infuser, or a French Press to keep all the leaves contained.
Mint is one easy-to-grow plant (in fact, it can quickly take over a flower bed, so you may want to plant it in a separate pot), and will abundantly supply many cups of tea! Last spring, I planted mint right outside our front door, and it was a beautiful addition, as well as supplying a pleasant aroma to our entrance. (Plus, it was easy to reach outside to quickly pick a few springs, without even having to leave the front porch!)
A pitcher of iced tea, such as my sweet Rose-Mint Delight Tea, will be welcomed on a hot summer day, and a relaxing pot of hot tea is soothing on a chilly, rainy evening. One of my new favorites is a calming blend of Lemon Verbena and Peppermint (use organic herbs, if possible). Since there actually isn’t any “tea” in this blend, it’s really an “herbal tisane.”
Spring Meadow Tisane
(recipe courtesy of Hampton Creek Inn)
Per Cup, add:
1 1/2 tsp. dried Lemon Verbena
1/2 tsp. dried Peppermint
Steep in a cup of hot water for a few minutes, and sweeten if desired. Savor and enjoy!
What is your favorite beverage to serve up when guests arrive?