Garden Tisane

My cardiologist said, “No more caffeine.” Full stop. “Do not pass go, do not collect $200”. No more pots of Hu Kwa tea. Forget Dr Peppers. So I have had to make a big adjustment. I’ve learned that “decaffeinated” tea still has traces of contraband and I have to look for labels that say, “caffeine free.” Enter the world of Tisanes. (Pronounced TEE-zahn in Paris), tisanes are herbal infusions that Americans call herbal teas. I’ve had fun learning how to blend my own. This one is a garden blend that epitomizes late spring. -E

No literary work is better to pair with the isolation we all are experiencing than Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Wouldn’t you want to get lost in the moorlands with Mr. Rochester with our Garden Tisane on ice? Pictured: Lenox “Hayworth” iced tea glass. Holmes & Tuttle “Wentworth” iced teaspoon. Godinger “Freedom” coaster with spoon rest. Decanter from private collection.

Garden Tisane

36 grams dried organic lemongrass
16 grams organic sassafras
18 grams dried and diced peel of clementine
16 grams organic hibiscus leaves, pounded
16 grams culinary lavender buds

1. Place all in a bowl and gently blend by hand. Store in an airtight container.
2. Use one spoonful per person plus one for the pot. Brew 3-5 minutes.
3. Sweeten to taste. Makes a great iced beverage!

This recipe makes enough for a season’s worth of teas.
Make sure the products you use are organic and safe for consumption. Your local health food store is the best place to find the ingredients for this recipe. Look in the bulk foods section and have them weigh out what you need.
I dry my own peels of clementine. Simply place your peels on a paper plate and let dry on your kitchen counter for several days. Use of a kitchen shears to cut the peels into 1/4″ squares makes the job a snap!

© 2020, Blue Willow Kitchen


  1. Echo, this sounds delightful. I’m already a fan of herbal teas and can’t wait to try this. The ingredients all are distinctive so it will be interesting to see how they marry. Mahalo. Karen


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