An easy lemon balm and ginger iced tea made with fresh lemon balm and ginger root and sweetened with honey. A perfect summer refreshment.
A few years ago my husband Jo discovered his love for gardening. I have to admit that he is very good at it. My daughter and I are always looking forward to taste his products. Every year he buys strawberry, tomato, zucchini plants and so on for his garden. I always buy fresh herb plants, that are normally in the kitchen since I use them almost everyday. Jo always stops me from using some of the herbs. Apparently I’m being cruel to the poor herbs and I don’t even give them time to recover. I mean hello, I bought them in the first place. Besides they don’t even cost the WORLD!! Anyway a few days ago we returned from our 6 week Namibia vacation. Jo voluntarily allowed me to harvest lemon balm that was growing like crazy in his garden.
Since I’m a tea drinker and it was more than 30 °C (86 °F) in Germany, I ended up making lemon balm iced tea with ginger. This lemony and spicy lemon balm and ginger iced tea sweetened with honey makes a perfect refreshment on a hot day. It’s healthy, easy to make, comes together in no time and it’s totally adjustable.
- use mint instead of lemon balm
- leave out ginger root
- use maple syrup or agave instead of honey to make your iced tea vegan
- sweeten your iced tea based on your liking.
I always let my lemon balm and ginger tea steep for at least 1 hour and let it refrigerate overnight. This makes the iced tea very strong, lemony and spicy.
Health benefits of lemon balm and ginger root
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) also known as Cure All, Sweet Balm, Sweet Mary, Melissa, Honey Plant is a herb in the mint family. For more 2,000 years it has been used in Europe and Middle East as a natural remedy to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and to help digestion. It’s used in teas, cooking or to make essential oils. Today, extensive studies have indicated that lemon balm can ease insomnia and other sleep disorders, reduces menstrual cramps, treats cold sores and so on.
Ginger root has lots of medicinal properties as well. Tons of studies have shown that it stimulates digestion, regulates blood sugar, reduces nausea and helps fight the flu and common cold, just to name a few.
Ingredients for iced tea
How to make lemon balm and ginger iced tea
Begin by boiling the water. In the meantime peel fresh ginger root and mince it. then gently rinse lemon balm leaves.
Place minced fresh ginger, lemon balm leaves and honey in a teapot or pot and pour over boiled water.
Cover and let steep for 1 hour.
Then refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Wash the lemon and thinly slice it. Rinse the few fresh lemon balm leaves for garnish.
Transfer the tea to a glass container, leaving ginger and lemon balm leaves which have settled at the bottom of the tea pot behind.
Add thinly sliced lemon and fresh lemon balm leaves. Let steep for 30 minutes. Shortly before serving add ice cubes and enjoy!
Lemon balm and ginger iced tea sweetened with honey
- Tea pot or pot
- Glass jar or serving pitcher
- 2 handful fresh lemon balm leaves
- 50 g/ 1.8 oz ginger root
- 1,5 liter/ 50.7 fl oz/ 6 cups water boiled
- 1 lemon organic
- 3 tablespoons honey/ agave or maple syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes
- some fresh lemon balm leaves for garnish
- Peel ginger root and finely chop it. Then gently rinse lemon balm leaves. Place minced ginger root, rinsed lemon balm, honey in a heat proof bowl or tea pot and pour over boiled water. Cover and let steep for 1 hour. Once the tea has cooled, put it in the fridge and let chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. 30 minutes before serving, transfer the tea to a glass container or serving pitcher, leaving ginger root and lemon balm leaves that have settled at the bottom of the tea pot behind . Add fresh lemon balm leaves and thinly sliced lemon. Let steep once again for about 20 minutes. Add ice cubes and serve.
- If you want more iced tea, just add boiled water to lemon balm leaves and ginger root that you've used previously. Let sit for sometime, before adding it to your iced tea. You can use the used lemon balm and ginger for up to 3 times.