By Alicia Ghio
It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the heat of summer. The general rule calls for drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Being properly hydrated is key for healthy skin, bones, muscles and digestion. Keeping hydrated allows our bodies to flush out everyday toxins.
Water is the best option for hydration, but fruit and vegetable juices, milk, herbal tea and even caffeinated drinks like coffee can contribute to your daily water intake. I drink 64 ounces of plain filtered tap water every day; however, when I need something with a little taste, I make unsweetened herbal tea. It’s a refreshing, flavorful alternative.
Instead of using hot water to make my herbal tea, I use the cold-brew method. It’s incredibly easy. You place your tea or herbs in cold water and let the water draw out the flavor slowly in the refrigerator. This recipe features one of my favorite herbal combinations – lavender and mint.
Cold-Brew Lavender Mint Tea
Makes 4 cups
- 1 cup fresh orange mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
- 4 cups water
- Briefly rinse the mint and lavender under hot water.
- In a quart-sized mason jar, add the dried lavender and fresh mint.
- Pour in cool water. Seal with the cap. Give the jar a few turns to mix the water and herbs.
- Place in the refrigerator for 4 to 10 hours (depending on how strong you want it to become).
- When the brew has reach your desired strength, strain and serve.