Whenever I am entertaining, I like to serve lightly flavored water or “spa water” as I like to call it. Usually, I will add cucumbers and citrus to a pitcher of water and let the flavors meld together for a few hours. It adds something special and unique without a lot of extra work!

Last week, I wanted to do something a little different and decided to make an iced tea. One of my favorite winter teas is lemon and ginger steeped in hot water with a touch of honey. For the iced tea, I added some summer lemon basil. Although it is an iced tea, it still has the light and delicate flavor of spa water. The lemon, basil, and ginger flavors are cleansing and refreshing.

Some people are not a fan of ginger, but this tea has just a subtle essence that will leave your guests wondering what that unique flavor is.

This tea is sure to impress at your next get-together!

Lemon Basil & Ginger Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 4 ginger coins, about 1 inch diameter
  • 1/2 cup lemon basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 lemons
  • 4 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 8 cups boiling water

Instructions:

  1.  Place the ginger coins and lemon basil leaves in a large pitcher. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the pitcher, being careful to catch the seeds. Place the lemon halves into the pitcher.
  2. Pour the boiling water into the pitcher and stir in the agave syrup. Let steep until cool and then remove the ginger pieces, lemon basil leaves, and lemon halves.
  3. Store in refrigerator and serve over ice.

Serves 8