Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Peppermint Tea Mix
I am so sorry for the delay in posting....ended up traveling to the inlaws for Thanksgiving.
During the holiday season, one can become a bit stressed with all the things that need to be done. One of the ways I like to cope with stress is to sit down with a good cup of tea. With it being the Yuletide season, one of my favorite flavors I like to drink is Peppermint. The other is Ginger. Today we will be combining the two. These two herbs are best known for their soothing properties when it comes to upset stomachs.
When making your own tea (or using from bulk loose leaves), normally its best to use one teaspoon per cup of water. Since we will be combining these two herbs, it will differ a bit.
Ingredients for each 8fl oz (aka 1 cup) of Tea:
1 1/2 inches of fresh ginger root, sliced
2 tbsp fresh peppermint leaves
Boil cold, fresh water. Place Ginger Root and Peppermint leaves in the water once it has reached a boil. Remove from heat. Let the tea steep for 3 - 4 minutes and strain.
If you are giving this specific tea as a gift, it will need to be prepared as close to the time you will be presenting it to someone because of the fresh ginger root. For packaging, you could take a small basket, tea cup, etc and place the ingridents needed in a loose cheesecloth and put the dried peppermint leaves in with a piece of ginger root (so that they can slice the ginger root you are supplying them along with the dried leaves later when they are ready to enjoy the cup of tea on their own).
If you choose not to use the cheesecloth to package, you might want to include a "tea spoon" as well. Here are a few ideas on what spoons are available that costs less than $5: