ROSE HIPS AND BERRIES (a vitamin C boost in the morning)
1 tbsp dried rose hips (crushed)
1 tbsp dried berries (strawberries, blueberries, bilberries)
8 oz. fresh boiling water.
Steep covered for 5 minutes minimum, remove the herbs and berries and enjoy. Sweeten with local honey if desired.
STRAWBERRY AND LEMON (refreshing for mid-morning)
1 tbsp dried strawberries
1 tbsp lemon balm leaves (bruised)
8-16 oz fresh boiling water
Steep covered for 5 minutes minimum, remove the herbs and berries. Try before sweetening, it’s great as is.
LINDEN LEAF TEA (curl up with your favourite book and a cup of this traditional tea)
1 tsp lemon balm leaves
1 tsp linden leaf
1 tsp chamomile flowers
8 oz fresh boiling water.
Steep covered for 5 minutes minimum, remove the herbs, sweeten if desired.
BRIGHT BEET/APPLE JUICE
2 B.C. gala apples
½ organic lemon (with peel)
Cut the apples and beet into pieces and juice together with the lemon and peel.
Serve in a beautiful glass, run lemon around the rim and garnish with a wedge of lemon.
SPICED COLD BREW COFFEE (from Alchemy of Herbs, Rosalee de la Foret)
1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans (caffeine)
½ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp cardamom powder
honey or sugar to taste (optional)
Place coffee and spices in a 1-quart jar. Fill with water and stir well. Seal and put in the fridge for 12 hours. Strain off coffee and spices through a coffee filter or several layers of cheesecloth. This creates a cold coffee concentrate that will last up to a week in the fridge.
To use mix 1 part of the coffee concentrate with 2 parts of liquid (e.g. ½ cup of water to ¼ cup of concentrate). Rosalee suggests ¼ cup water, ¼ cup concentrate, ¼ cup cream. If desired, add sweeteners and ice before serving.
BLACK ROSE TEA BLEND
1 part organic rose petals
3 parts organic black tea, I suggest Darjeeling, Keemun, or Assam (caffeine)
Place 1 tsp of the loose tea in an infuser, steep covered in 8 oz. fresh boiling water for 3 minutes. Add cream or sweetener if desired. Serve with lavender flower biscuits or gingerbread for a Victorian afternoon tea.