Lavender Mint Iced Tea

Hello Summer weather! I am so happy when the sun is shining and I can be dressed in short sleeves. 🙂 Russ, Lucy and I have been having way too much this Spring at our new Maine cottage. The weather has been amazing!  Being able to walk to the beach in the mornings has been priceless for all three of us.  Hearing and seeing the waves crashing on the shore is so good for the body and the soul.  Lucy, our chocolate lab, is especially in her glory!  As expected, she truly loves swimming in the ocean!  Click here to see my Lucy!

With the warmer weather, hydration becomes more important as we lose more water from our body through sweat.  I am a big fan of water as my primary hydration source {your body is about 60-65% water}…but sometimes it’s fun to get a bit fancier.  Today is all about fancy.  I made some delicious lavender mint iced tea today…and I thought I would share the recipe with you!lavendar mint iced teaUsing fresh edible herbs and flowers is not only fun…but pretty.  I was inspired to try lavender and mint tea after my daughter Chelsea had shared she tried some iced tea infused with both herbs last weekend in Woodstock, NY. IMG_4663To infuse the tea with lavender, I purchased culinary grade lavender from a local farm.  I added about 1 teaspoon of the flower buds into my hot tea. Be sure to purchase lavender deemed for culinary use as some lavender plants have been sprayed with pesticides and you don’t want to ingest the residues. There are many dried culinary lavender products online. FODMAPers: To my knowledge, lavender has not been officially tested for FODMAP content–so use at your discretion.IMG_1847I created iced tea with lavender infused black tea, fresh mint, organic lemonade and plenty of ice. Just a hint of sweet from the lemonade in this refreshing drink!IMG_1877

Feeling fancy?  Well, then, give this recipe a whirl!

Lavender Mint Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • ~6 servings
  • 4 cups hot black tea
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lavender buds or 1/4 teaspoon dried lavender (purchase culinary grade lavender)
  • 1 1/2 cup lemonade (I used Santa Cruz organic lemonade)
  • 10 mint leaves, chopped
  • lavender stem and mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare tea and add lavender buds to hot tea, stir to immerse and let sit for about 1 hour. Let tea come down to room temperature.
  2. Using fine mesh colander, strain out lavender and place cooled tea in glass pitcher.
  3. Add lemonade and mint to tea.
  4. Add ice to serving glass and pour in lavender mint tea.
  5. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and sprig of fresh culinary grade lavender sprig, if desired.
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5 replies on “Lavender Mint Iced Tea

  • Martie

    Hi Kate,

    thanks for writing the blogs.

    I am going on a trip which includes 13hr flying, can you recommend a protein/energy bar for this or any other time, I am not sure what to take as far
    as food for this anyways.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    thanks
    Martie

    • katescarlata

      Hi Martie,
      My clients seem to tolerate the Go Macro peanut butter bars and Nature’s Valley crunchy peanut butter granola bars best. They are not perfect–but I haven’t had a client have issue with them. Try to hydrate adequately on the plane too. It’s recommended to drink about 6-8 ounces of water per hour–you might not need that much but stay on top of your water intake! Flying is very dehydrating.

  • Madeline

    Hi kate,

    First of all, thank you so much for your blog. It is helping me out a ton. I was wondering if you can help me with this: I bought gluten free bread from Schar, pane Casereccio. Now, I think I’m getting bloated after eating it (and pain). I read that you recommend that not all gluten-free bread is low fodmap because of additives. I read ‘apple fiber’ in the ingredient list. Since apple is high fodmap, does that mean I can’t have the bread? It doesn’t list the amount of grams used (I send a e-mail to schar, hope to hear back).

    Here is the list of ingredients:
    Ingredients: Water, maize starch, rice flour, buckwheat flour, rice syrup, apple fibre, rice starch, vegetable oil, soy protein isolate, sugar, salt, thickener: hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, yeast, acidulant, tartaric acid.

    Would be very helpful! It’s a bit difficult to eat gluten-free and low fodmap here in Serbia unfortunately, so it would be such a bummer if Schar products are not a solution!

    • katescarlata

      Madeline–there are many Schar products that are okay and well tolerated by my low FODMAP diet following clients–but I would not eat one with apple fiber.

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