Lemon balm is a member of the mint family, but its bright, lemony scent is immediately recognizable and makes a super-refreshing iced tisane. If you're someone who usually recoils from the floral taste of lavender, fear not. This recipe uses fresh lavender leaves, which have a less assertive flavor.
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- Yield:makes about 4 cups
- Active time: 10 minutes
- Total time:8 hours
- 6 sprigs fresh lavender leaves, plus more for garnish if desired
- 6 sprigs lemon balm, plus more for garnish if desired
- 4 cups boiling water
Place the lavender and lemon balm in a large heatproof container. Pour boiling water over the herbs and let steep for 15 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a second heatproof container. Discard solids.
Let cool to room temperature then refrigerate until cold. Serve in ice-filled glasses, garnished with a small sprig of fresh lemon balm and lavender if desired.